Ban calls for more tolerance in the world

United Nations, Nov 17 (IANS) On International Day of Tolerance, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday called for more tolerance in the world by forging a path defined by dialogue, social cohesion and mutual understanding.

In his message marking the day, Ban said intolerance was growing in many places, noting that sectarian tensions can be found at the heart of many conflicts, with the rise of violent extremism.

“Tolerance requires investment by States in people, and in the fulfilment of their full potential through education, inclusion and opportunities,” said Ban.

“This means building societies founded on respect for human rights, where fear, distrust and marginalisation are supplanted by pluralism, participation and respect for differences,” he added.

Ban’s message came days after Paris attacks on Friday night. At least 132 people were killed and many more were injured in a series of deadly terror attacks for which the extremist group Islamic State has claimed responsibility.

“On the International Day of Tolerance, let us recognize the mounting threat posed by those who strive to divide, and let us pledge to forge a path defined by dialogue, social cohesion and mutual understanding,” the UN chief said.

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