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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.

 

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. Events at UN Information Centres range from solemn ceremonies, to film screenings, text message campaigns and a tree planting to honour the victims of the Holocaust.


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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 Activities in 2014

UNICs Regional Training Seminars

Soon after its inception, the Holocaust Programme organized four regional training programmes to support the outreach efforts of United Nations Information Centres. In 2007-2008, the Programme organized four week-long training programmes for National Information Officers from the global network of United Nations Information Centres. The training programmes were designed to give staff in the field the tools they needed to organize meaningful and effective memorial and educational events. Staff could then integrate these principles into outreach activities aspiring to combat Holocaust denial and promote respect for diversity and human rights.

As a result of these seminars and the ongoing guidance provided by the Holocaust Programme, the number of field offices organizing Holocaust Remembrance Day observances increased from 12 in 2007 to 42 in 2014, and the number of activities increased from 12 in 2007 to 125 in 2014.

Training organized with the House of the Wannsee Conference Memorial and Educational site, Berlin, Germany (April 2008)

Training organized with Le Mémorial de la Shoah, Paris, France (November 2007)

Training organized with Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, Israel (October 2007)

Training organized with the United Stated Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C., USA (May 2007)

 

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 United Nations 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 United Nations 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 United Nations Information Centres (Brazzaville, Bujumbura, Dakar, Lomé, et Yaoundé) and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Kigali.