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Esteem for Tolerance

Tolerance: Principles, practices, obstacles, limitsNineteen ninety-five was the United Nations “Year for Tolerance”.

Subsequent to this the UN established the International Day for Tolerance on November 16, 1996.

In the Declaration of Principles on Tolerance we read that “Tolerance is respect, acceptance and appreciation of the rich diversity of our world’s cultures, our forms of expression and ways of being human. It is fostered by knowledge, openness, communication, and freedom of thought, conscience and belief.”

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Esteem for World Habitat Day

There are numerous annual World Days designated by the United Nations to raise awareness for different themes and problems in our world. Today we want to give esteem to World Habitat Day which will be held on October 4, the first Monday of the month of October.

On Oct. 4, 2010, in recognition of World Habitat Day, Habitat for Humanity will raise awareness of the need for improved shelter and highlight Habitat’s priorities: the worldwide connection between human health and housing, and, in the United States, neighborhood revitalization. These themes echo the United Nations’ chosen theme for 2010 for events in the host city of Shanghai, China and the rest of the world: “Better City, Better Life.”

Habitat for Humanity hopes that by raising awareness and advocating for universal decent housing we can dismantle and alter the systems that allow for poverty housing and make an affordable, decent place to live a reality for all.

By giving public attention to World Habitat Day we give esteem toward housing generally and in our neighborhood.  We give esteem to the fact that housing improves health, has a positive impact on children and strengthens communities.

World Habitat Day

The United Nations has designated October 5th as World Habitat Day.

The goal of World Habitat Day is to raise awareness about global housing situations and to remind us that everyone should have a safe and decent place to call home.

Expressing respect toward people includes ensuring housing for everyone.  Shelter is as life-essential as having enough food and water.

When we want to give a sign of esteem toward people we can do it by being interested in their housing situation.  You might be surprised to find out how many people in your community are without adequate housing.

Every big change starts with a small step.  We can give esteem to World Habitat Day by being attentive toward the housing situation in our own neighborhood.

Tourism creating mutual esteem

Since 1980 the United Nations has celebrated World Tourism Day.  Celebrated annually on September 27, the event is designed to foster awareness of tourism’s social, cultural, political and economic values.

All of us are a tourists the moment we go out of town.  As a tourist we expect hospitality and friendliness.  At the same, the places we visit hope for open and polite tourists.

Tourism only works for both sides when there is mutual esteem.  The slogan for this year’s World Tourism Day “Celebrating Diversity” expresses the mutual esteem we can create as a tourist and as a host.

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United Nations Day

Since 1947 the world has celebrated United Nation’s Day on October 24.  We find this a great opportunity to recall the visions and actions of the United Nations.

The United Nations were founded on October 24, 1945 as successor to the League of Nations.

Humanitarian and peaceful goals are the fundamental objectives of the United Nations:

  • Saving succeeding generations from war
  • Protecting human rights
  • Establishing conditions for justice
  • Promoting social progress and better standards for life

These global ideals can’t be achieved by only one nation.  It requires the close collaboration of all nations giving esteem toward each others.

Esteem is subject to all activities of the United Nations in order to lead their work to success.

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More women reaching positions of power

It’s an often discussed topic that only a small percentage of women are active in important political and economic positions.

The United Nations reported last week that this percentage has increased substantially all over the world.

This is great news considering how important it is to have equal opportunities.

At the other side it’s important too that skilled people, man or woman, are able to attain the position suitable to their abilities.   It’s important to have the right person in the right place.  This doesn’t depend on the gender but on personal and unique talents.

This is a sign for esteem in our society when people get esteem for their personality and abilities.