Outreach Programme on the
Rwanda Genocide and the United Nations

Two children attend a ceremony in observance of the fifteenth anniversary of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. Two children attend a ceremony in observance of the fifteenth anniversary of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.

An information and educational outreach programme

... to mobilize civil society for Rwanda genocide victim remembrance and education in order to help prevent future acts of genocide.

Mandate

Information and Education Outreach Programme

The Outreach Programme on the Rwanda Genocide and the United Nations is an information and educational outreach programme run by the UN Department of Global Communications.

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).

Areas of
Focus

Main Themes

By providing information materials which educate on the lessons of the Rwanda genocide, the outreach programme focuses on two main themes:

  • Preventing genocide:
    learning the lessons of the genocide in Rwanda in order to help prevent similar acts in the future.
  • Supporting survivors:
    raising awareness of the lasting impact of the Rwandan genocide on survivors, particularly widows, orphans and victims of sexual violence, and the challenges that they still face today.

Events &
Materials

Around the World

The UN is implementing the programme in Africa and other regions of the world. It includes events such as roundtable discussions, film screenings, exhibitions and debates.

The programme also provides print and audio-visual materials to partners wishing to undertake events in support of the objectives of the programme.

Backgrounders

Background information is available on the following topics:

  • Justice and reconciliation process in Rwanda;
  • preventing genocide;
  • the responsibility to protect; and on
  • sexual violence used as a tool of war.