#HolocaustRemembrance: “It falls to us” to carry the testimony of Holocaust survivors
The Secretary-General delivered remarks at a number of events marking the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust and stressed the need to “rise up against rising anti-Semitism”. In a ceremony at Park East Synagogue in New York on Saturday, he stated: “We will never forget what happened and we will never let it be forgotten by others. We will be watching for signs of genocide in our time. And we will always be ever at the forefront of the fight against anti-Semitism and hatred, and to strengthen all we do to uphold human dignity for all.” On Monday, at the annual commemoration ceremony at the United Nations, the Secretary-General highlighted the need to “fight the hatred that still plagues our world today.” He said that as the number of Holocaust survivors dwindles, “it falls to us all to carry their testimony to future generations.” The Secretary-General also opened an exhibit telling the stories of diplomats who, at great risk to themselves, helped Jews flee Nazi persecution. Descendants and family members of the diplomats and those they helped were present.
Remarks at United Nations Holocaust Memorial Ceremony:https://bit.ly/2S9KHrQ
Remarks at Park East Synagogue Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony:https://bit.ly/2CX1qF5
Message on the International Day: https://bit.ly/2GjyN8v
Charlemagne Prize 2019
The City of Aachen, Germany, announced that the Secretary-General will receive the 2019 Charlemagne Prize. In a tweet, he said he “deeply” believes in what the award represents: “unity in pursuit of common progress in Europe and beyond.”
Meeting with Nobel Peace Prize winner Denis Mukwege
On Friday, the Secretary-General met Congolese doctor and 2018 Nobel Peace Prize winner Denis Mukwege, whom he called a “fearless defender of victims of sexual violence in conflict.” In a tweet, the Secretary-General welcomed Dr. Mukwege’s initiative to start a global fund in support of survivors.
Statements and Messages
On the dam collapse in south-eastern Brazil: https://bit.ly/2Wyrcsc
On the terrorist attack in the Philippines: https://bit.ly/2HHjhp9
On the formation of a new Government in Lebanon: https://bit.ly/2sXXWxr
Lt. Gen Michael Anker Lollesgaard of Denmark as Chair of the Redeployment Coordination Committee and Head of the UN Mission in support of the Hodeidah Agreement: https://bit.ly/2CXcrGk
Ibrahim Thiaw of Mauritania as Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification: https://bit.ly/2G1MTfg
On Monday, the Secretary-General will speak at a Security Council high-level debate on mercenary activities in Africa.