Outreach Programme on the 1994 Genocide Against
the Tutsi in Rwanda and the United Nations

Portrait of Secretary-General António Guterres
On this day, we honour those who were murdered, we reflect on the suffering and we recognize the resilience of those who have survived. As we join in solidarity with people of Rwanda, we must take a hard look at today's world and ensure that we heed the lessons of 27 years ago.

Wednesday, 7 April 2021

Events — New York

Virtual Memorial Ceremony

Virtual commemorative meeting to mark the 27th anniversary of the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, organized by the Department of Global Communications and the Permanent Mission of Rwanda to the United Nations.

Wednesday, 7 April 2021

Events — Geneva

Hybrid Commemoration
Palais des Nations, Geneva

Around the world

Commemorative and educational activities are organized by UN information centres around the world. Please note: schedule may be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

UNESCO: Critical thinking and learning about the past are key to preventing future genocides

Important Note

In response to COVID-19, and in the interests of the safety of staff and visitors, public programmes at United Nations Headquarters have been suspended until further notice. However, the public is invited to reflect on 7 April on one of the darkest chapters in human history when more than one million people – overwhelmingly Tutsi, but also moderate Hutu, Twa and others who opposed the genocide – were systematically killed in less than three months and to honour those who were murdered and reflect on the suffering of those who survived.

The public is also encouraged to join the UNHQ-New York virtual observance on 7 April on UN WebTV, featuring remarks by H.E. Mr. António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General, and H.E. Mr. Volkan Bozkir, President of the Seventy-Fifth Session of the UN General Assembly, H.E. Mrs. Valentine Rugwabiza, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Rwanda to the UN and Mr. Omar Ndizeye, a child survivor and author of Life and Death in Nyamata, and to share UN social media cards along with their own messages of solidarity.

#PreventGenocide #Kwibuka

Live Discussion Series

Beyond the Long Shadow: engaging with difficult histories

Co-organized by the UN outreach programmes on the transatlantic slave trade, the Holocaust and the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, the aim of the collaborative series, launched 8 July 2020, is to develop a deeper understanding of the legacies of these painful histories – and through examining the past, consider how best to build a world that is just, where all can live in dignity and peace.

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Video Clips

Secretary-General's Remarks
(00:02:41)

General Assembly President's Remarks
(00:01:47)

Annual Commemoration - NYC
(00:41:43)

Annual Commemoration - Geneva
(01:11:10)