The Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme and the United Nations Information Centres
The "Holocaust and the United Nations" outreach programme provides the network of
United Nations information centres (UNICs), services (UNIS) and offices (UNOs) in over 60
countries with guidelines on Holocaust commemoration days, teaching manuals on Holocaust
education, combating intolerance and educational documentaries to promote the lessons of the
Holocaust in order to help to prevent future acts of genocide.
Video conferences with UNICs
To date, the Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach has organized 3 video conferences with the UNICs:
- On 15 November 2010 with the House of the Wannsee Conference Memorial and Educational site: special students videoconference with seven UN Information Centres (Accra, Colombo, Dar es Salaam, Dhaka, Harare, Kathmandu and Yangon) to commemorate the anniversary of the Kristallnacht pogrom that took place on 9 November 1938 in Germany.
- On 21 April 2010, in partnership with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (Washington D.C.), with seven UN Information Centres (Asuncion, Bogota, Buenos Aires, La Paz, Lima, Mexico City and Panama City);
- On 26 January 2009, in partnership with the Memorial de la Shoah (Paris, France), with five francophone UN Information Centres (Brazzaville, Bujumbura, Dakar, Lomé, et Yaoundé) and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Kigali.
UNICs Holocaust Remembrance activities
Every year the global network of United Nations information centres (UNICs), United Nations Information Service (UNIS) and United Nations Offices (UNO) observe the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust in partnership with civil society groups and Government representatives.
27 January 2010, Holocaust Remembrance Day at UNIC Lagos
UNICs Activities in 2006
UNICs Activities in 2007
UNICs Activities in 2008
UNICs Activities in 2009
UNICs Activities in 2010
UNICs Activities in 2011
UNICs Activities in 2012
UNICs Activities in 2013
UNICs Regional Training Seminars
Participants attend a briefing by Rony Leshno Yaar, Deputy Director-General for International Organizations, Israeli Foreign Ministry, on the adoption of United Nations General Assembly resolution 60/7 "Holocaust Remembrance"
In 2007-2008, the outreach programme organized four week-long training programmes for National Information Officers from the global network of United Nations information centres. The seminars examined the events that led to the Holocaust and the vital role that its lessons have today in the prevention of genocide.
As a result of these seminars and the ongoing guidance provided by the programme, the number of field offices organizing Holocaust Remembrance Day observances more than doubled from 2007 to 2008, and the number of activities increased threefold.