"On this Day, I appeal to the international community to do more than just speak about atrocity crimes and then fail to take timely action to prevent them. I call on all to summon the courage to act before situations deteriorate based on our collective moral responsibility. This is critical for the maintenance of international peace and security."
—Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
in his message for the 21st commemoration
of the Rwanda genocide
Memorial Ceremony, 7 April 2015, 6:00 p.m. UN Headquarters, New York
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The Outreach Programme on the Rwanda Genocide
and the United Nations is an information and educational outreach programme run by the United Nations Department of Public Information.
The programme was established by the General Assembly on 23 December 2005 (A/RES/60/225) to "mobilize civil society for Rwanda genocide victim remembrance and education in order to help prevent future acts of genocide". The programme's mandate was extended in December 2007 (A/RES/62/96), 2009 (A/RES/64/226), 2011 (A/RES/66/228), and 2013 (A/RES/68/129).
The programme focuses on learning the lessons of the Rwanda genocide in order to help prevent similar acts in the future, as well as raising awareness of the lasting impact of genocide on the survivors and the challenges that they still face today.
Read more about the programme
See what the UN is doing in Rwanda: ONE UN Rwanda.