“Denying historical facts, especially on such an important subject as the Holocaust, is just not acceptable. Nor is it acceptable to call for the elimination of any State or people. I would like to see this fundamental principle respected both in rhetoric and in practice by all the members of the international community.”

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon,
Press Conference SG/2120, 14 December 2006

About the programme

What’s New?

Shoe Footprint for HopeAround the world, the network of United Nations information centres (UNICs) are invited to join the Footprints for Hope Project, the newest initiative of the Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme
(Picture Credit: Olivia Hemingway)
International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
on 27 January 2009
United Nations HQ, New York

Screening of Watermarks
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
on 29 January 2009

United Nations HQ, New York
To register, please send your name, affiliation, and telephone number by email to or by fax at (212) 963-0536 before 25 January 2009.
Rejecting any denial of the Holocaust as a historical event, either in full or in part, the General Assembly adopted by consensus a resolution (A/RES/60/7) condemning “without reserve” all manifestations of religious intolerance, incitement, harassment or violence against persons or communities based on ethnic origin or religious belief, whenever they occur.

It decided that the United Nations would designate 27 January -– the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp — as an annual International Day of Commemoration to honour the victims of the Holocaust, and urged Member States to develop educational programmes to instil the memory of the tragedy in future generations to prevent genocide from occurring again, and requested the United Nations Secretary-General to establish an outreach programme on the “Holocaust and the United Nations”, as well as measures to mobilize civil society for Holocaust remembrance and education, in order to help prevent future acts of genocide.

The Holocaust was a turning point in history, which prompted the world to say “never again””. The significance of resolution A/RES/60/7 is that it calls for a remembrance of past crimes with an eye towards preventing them in the future.

Source: Press Release GA/10413 of 1 November 2005




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