November 16
International Day for Tolerance

On November 16 each year, the Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs hosts a meeting in Muscat, with people in attendance from around the world who actively promote religious tolerance, mutual understanding and peaceful coexistence, in order to exchange ideas and develop a common vision for the future. 

In 1996, the UN General Assembly (by resolution 51/95) invited UN Member States to observe the International Day for Tolerance annually on November 16, with activities directed towards both educational establishments and the wider public.

The 2005 World Summit Outcome document (A/RES/60/1) furthered the commitment of Heads of State and Government to advance human welfare, freedom and progress everywhere, as well as to encourage tolerance, respect, dialogue and cooperation among different cultures, civilizations and peoples.