Creating a Kinder World

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Since 1998, the day of November 13th has been recognized and celebrated as World Kindness Day through the World Kindness Movement. The World Kindness Movement is an organization comprised of many international NGO’s whose mission is to “inspire individuals and connect nations to create a kinder world.” through raising awareness of the World Kindness Movement and sharing ideas and experiences of kindness programs that are in place in different countries.

Participant organizations include groups from Australia, Canada, Italy, Japan, Nepal, New Zealand, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland and the USA.

More information about The World Kindness Movement: http://www.theworldkindnessmovement.org/

On this day, it is encouraged to express acts of kindness, which can range from paying for someone’s meal to helping a neighbor with yard work. The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation provides hundreds of examples here: http://www.randomactsofkindness.org/kindness-ideas

November 16th is another day devoted to promoting worldwide consideration and respect with International Day for Tolerance, as declared by the United Nations.

http://www.un.org/en/events/toleranceday/

“On this International Day of Tolerance, I call on all people and governments to actively combat fear, hatred and extremism with dialogue, understanding and mutual respect. Let us advance against the forces of division and unite for our shared future.”

-Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The UN provides the following background on this day and A Declaration of Principles on Tolerance.

            … the Declaration affirms that tolerance is neither indulgence nor indifference. It is respect and appreciation of the rich variety of our world’s cultures, our forms of expression and ways of being human. Tolerance recognizes the universal human rights and fundamental freedoms of others. People are naturally diverse; only tolerance can ensure the survival of mixed communities in every region of the globe.”
By Elizabeth Kirst
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