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UNESCO resolution 34c/61on Holocaust Remembrance


The General Conference,


Remembering that the Holocaust, which resulted in the murder of one third of the Jewish people, along with countless members of other minorities, will forever be a warning to all people of the dangers of hatred, bigotry, racism and prejudice,


Recalling United Nations General Assembly resolution 60/7 of 1 November 2005, which condemned any denial of the Holocaust,


Noting that 27 January has been designated by the United Nations as the annual International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust,


Also noting that the Constitution of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, adopted in the aftermath of the horrors of the Second World War, states that “the great and terrible war which has now ended was a war made possible by the denial of the democratic principles of dignity, equality and mutual respect of men, and by the propagation, in their place, through ignorance and prejudice, of the doctrine of the inequality of men and races”,


Bearing in mind United Nations General Assembly resolution 61/255, adopted on 26 January 2007, and, in particular, its recognition that the Secretary-General has established a programme of outreach on the subject of “the Holocaust and the United Nations”,


1. Requests the Director-General to consult with the United Nations Secretary-General regarding his outreach programme with a view to exploring, in consultation with Member States, what role UNESCO could play in promoting awareness of Holocaust remembrance through education and in combating all forms of Holocaust denial in accordance with the United Nations General Assembly resolutions mentioned above;


2. Further requests the Director-General to report on the results of this consultation and his recommendations to the Executive Board at its 180th session.