Outreach Programme on the
Rwanda Genocide and the United Nations

Portrait of Secretary-General António Guterres
When I visited Rwanda in my previous role as UN High Commissioner for Refugees, I witnessed the unbreakable spirit of the Rwandan people, their yearning for peace and their commitment to rebuilding their country. They have shown that reconciliation is possible, even after a tragedy of such monumental proportions.
Lighting of candles during the 2018 commemoration of the International Day of Reflection on the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda.

© UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Friday, 13 April 2018

Events — New York

Memorial Ceremony
General Assembly Hall
United Nations Headquarters, New York.

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Events — Geneva

Memorial Ceremony
Palais des Nations, Geneva.

Around the world

Commemorative and educational activities were organized by UN information centres around the world. Planned activities included:

  • Antananarivo: a commemorative ceremony and student briefing , including screenings of video testimonies of survivors
  • Brazzaville: a mobile exhibition for high school students
  • Dakar: lectures and exhibits for university students in collaboration with the Embassy of Rwanda
  • Dar es Salaam: a commemorative ceremony and lecture in collaboration with the Rwandan Ambassador
  • Lusaka: educational briefings for students from four schools to highlight lessons learned from Rwanda
  • Nairobi: commemorative ceremony and exhibit with the Rwandan Embassy
  • Pretoria: a screening of the documentary film "The Uncondemned" to highlight how rape was declared an act of genocide before an international court
  • Yerevan: a student conference by various universities and ministries later in the year to focus on genocide prevention and the responsibility to protect.

Video Clips - NYC Commemorations

Secretary-General's Remarks
(00:04:33)

General Assembly President's Statement (00:05:39)

Annual Commemoration - NYC
(01:15:31)