Malmö International Forum on Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism
The Malmö International Forum on Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism – Remember-ReAct – was held on 13 October 2021. The participants included heads of state and government, international organisations and social media platforms, all invited by Prime Minister Stefan Löfven. The programme focused on four main themes: Holocaust remembrance; Holocaust education; Antisemitism on social media platforms; and Combating antisemitism and other forms of racism in all spheres of life. During the conference, many concrete pledges were made to strengthen Holocaust remembrance efforts and to combat racism.
Documentation of the Malmö Forum
The final outcome document of the Malmö Forum will be published next week. The Secretariat is compiling and finalising the document.
The Plenary Sessions, Breakout Sessions and the Doorstep as well as the submitted pledge videos can be watched on the YouTube channel of the Malmö Forum.
View the Malmö International Forum at your convenience
You can view the entire programme from 13 October on demand at your convenience, including the Plenary Sessions, Breakout Sessions and the Press Conference.
Photos from the Malmö Forum
Photos from the arrival of the guests and participants of the Malmö Forum on Wednesday morning 13 October.
Sweden's pledges at the Malmö Forum
Sweden will assume the Presidency of the IHRA from March 2022 to the end of February 2023. This was Sweden’s first pledge in connection with the Malmö Forum. Pledges presented at the Malmö Forum will be followed up during the Swedish Presidency. The ambition of the Swedish Government is to implement the measures in this article and allocate a total amount of approximately EUR 9.3 million/year.
Interview with Prime Minister Stefan Löfven – “We all have a duty to stand up against antisemitism”
What does Prime Minister Stefan Löfven hope that the Malmö International Forum on Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism will result in, and what has Sweden pledged to do? Interview with Stefan Löfven ahead of the Malmö International Forum, which will take place on 13 October.
In January 2020 Prime Minister Stefan Löfven extended an invitation to heads of state and government, researchers, experts and civil society representatives from around 50 countries to participate in the Malmö International Forum on Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism, Remember ReAct. The purpose of the Forum is to jointly take concrete steps forward in the work on Holocaust remembrance and the fight against antisemitism.
The Forum was to take place in October 2020, 75 years after the end of the Second World War and the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. The year 2020 also marked 20 years since the first Stockholm International Forum on the Holocaust, and the establishment of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA). Due to the unfortunate circumstances of the current pandemic the Prime Minister has announced that the Malmö Forum has been postponed one year. The invitation still stands and the Forum will take place in Malmö on 13 October 2021.
Swedish Holocaust Museum to be established
Today, 27 January, on Holocaust Remembrance Day, the Government has announced that a Swedish Holocaust museum is to be established in July 2022 and will be located in Stockholm.
The Expert Group of the Malmö Forum holds its first meeting
On 10 March 2021 the Expert Group of the Malmö Forum held its first meeting. The group will serve in an advisory capacity to the Secretariat of the Malmö Forum regarding the content of the programme of the Forum. Anna Ekström, Minister for Education, opened the meeting and stressed the importance of the coming Forum and how this will work as a catalyst for increased action for Holocaust remembrance, education and for actions to combat antisemitism.
Stefan Löfven on pledges at the Malmö Forum
Participating delegations are asked to commit to concrete actions and present them at the Malmö Forum. We call these commitments pledges. To clarify what we mean by a pledge in this context, and as a source of inspiration, we will invite various experts to present proposals regarding pledges, says Stefan Löfven in a short film.
Sweden to lead the work of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance in 2022–23
Sweden has been entrusted with holding the Presidency of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) from 1 March 2022 until 28 February 2023. The decision was taken at the IHRA’s digital plenary meeting in Leipzig on 3 December 2020.
National initiative to increase knowledge about the Holocaust and antisemitism
In connection with the Government’s International Forum for Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism, the Government is allocating SEK 10 million to a national initiative to increase knowledge in schools and society.
Hearing with representatives of civil society organisations
The 26 February State Secretary Kristina Persdotter hosted a hearing for representatives of civil society organisations.
- The programme
- Holocaust remembrance
- Holocaust education
- Antisemitism on social media platforms
- Combating antisemitism and other forms of racism in all spheres of life
In May 1998, on the eve of the new millennium, Swedish Prime Minister Göran Persson, British Prime Minister Tony Blair and the President of the United States Bill Clinton agreed to set up a Task Force to promote international cooperation on Holocaust education, remembrance and research.
Participants will include heads of state or government from member and observer countries of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), EU Member States, the Nordic countries and a small number of other countries and IHRA Permanent International Partners.
The envisioned outcome of the Forum – in addition to reaffirming the Stockholm Declaration and the 2020 IHRA Ministerial Declaration – is concrete action furthering the work within the themes of the Forum.
Combating antisemitism in Sweden
A range of measures to combat antisemitism and increase security have been implemented and are ongoing. The measures are carried out both by the Government and by government agencies on behalf of the Swedish Government. For example, in connection with the forum, the Government intends to implement a national initiative that will include schools. Some other measures are outlined here.
National plan to combat racism, similar forms of hostility and hate crime
National plan to combat racism, similar forms of hostility and hate crime The overarching objective of this plan is strategic, effective and coherent work to combat racism, similar forms of hostility and hate crime in Sweden.
The city of Malmö
The city of Malmö has extended an invitation to host the Forum. The city and the surrounding region have special historical links to the Holocaust. Jews who fled across the Öresund strait between Denmark and Sweden during World War II came to Malmö.
The venue of the Malmö Forum is set to be Malmömässan.