To mark the International Tolerance Day, Mr. Ricardo Espinosa, Executive Director a. i. of the Geneva Centre, participated in a conference organized by Youth for Human Rights International on 14th November 2015, entitled If Tolerance meant Respect and Sharing… (“Si Tolérance signifiait Respect et Partage…”).
The discussion brought together panellists from various backgrounds, among whom Reverend William McComish, Founder and President of Geneva Spiritual Appeal Association, and Mr. Hafid Ouardiri, Director Fondation pour l’Entre-connaissance. The debate focused on issues related to the principles of tolerance and non-discrimination, which are considered to be particularly relevant in light of the recent developments and events on the international arena. Mr. Espinosa took the floor highlighting the crucial importance of tolerance, enshrined in both the Preamble of the UN Charter and the Declaration of Principles on Tolerance, adopted by the UNESCO in November 1995. He firmly denounced the dramatic events in Paris, which represent a showcase of manipulation of religion and incitement to violence and intolerance. In this context, the International Tolerance Day served as an opportunity to reiterate global, fundamental and intangible values such as tolerance, respect and intercultural dialogue, as well as to reflect together on actions aimed to better protect and further promote such values.
By means of this participation, the Geneva Centre demonstrated its great attachment to the value of tolerance, which is at the core of the Centre’s work.