Round-Table Discussion at United Nations Headquarters Examines Role of Faith, Identity in Promotion of Peace

Note No. 6462
11 November 2015

Round-Table Discussion at United Nations Headquarters Examines Role of Faith, Identity in Promotion of Peace

On Wednesday, 18 November, the Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme will host a round-table discussion titled “Faith, Identity and the Promotion of Peace in the Aftermath of Genocide”.  The discussion will take place at United Nations Headquarters in New York in Conference Room 1 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  Members of the general public and the United Nations diplomatic community are invited to participate.  To register, please visit www.un.org/holocaustremembrance by 16 November.

The round-table discussion on “Faith, Identity and the Promotion of Peace in the Aftermath of Genocide” will help to raise awareness of the importance of teaching the history of the Holocaust at all levels and to instil the memory of the tragedy in future generations to prevent genocide from recurring.  The discussion will explore how faith and circumstances help shape an individual’s identity, influence one’s actions and attitudes and can encourage the promotion of peace.  The panellists are Adama Dieng, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide; Rabbi Eliot J. Cosgrove, Park Avenue Synagogue; Menachem Z. Rosensaft, son of two survivors of Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen and editor of God, Faith & Identity from the Ashes:  Reflections of Children and Grandchildren of Holocaust Survivors; Adisada Dudic, attorney and survivor of the 1995 Srebrenica genocide; and Consolée Nishimwe, author and survivor of the 1994 Rwandan genocide.  The discussion will be moderated by Ramu Damodaran, Chief of the United Nations Academic Impact Initiative and Secretary of the Committee on Information, United Nations Department of Public Information.  The event will be webcast by UN Web TV at http://webtv.un.org.

The United Nations Department of Public Information is organizing the event as part of the Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme.  As it celebrates its tenth anniversary in 2015, the Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme remains steadfast in its mission:  to help prevent future acts of genocide by reminding the world of the lessons of the Holocaust.

In addition to producing educational materials on the Holocaust, the Programme organizes a series of interactive roundtable discussions, film screenings and teacher workshops to examine the lessons of the Holocaust and their implications for combating genocide today.  By examining best practices to fight hatred, racism and Holocaust denial, the discussions aim at mobilizing civil society and the international community to help to prevent mass violence.

For further information, please contact Aaron J. Buckley, Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme, at e-mail:  buckleya@un.org.  For media accreditation, please contact the Media Accreditation and Liaison Unit through its website at www.un.org/en/media/accreditation.

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