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Media Advisory - the Malmö Forum

The Malmö International Forum on Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism, Remember ReAct, will take place at Malmömässan in Malmö, Sweden. Press badges can be collected at Malmö Arena Hotel, located opposite Malmömässan.

Programme

  • Tuesday 12 October

    15.00–22.00
    Press accreditation desk open for accredited journalists to collect their badges.

    15.00–22.00
    Press Centre open. Light refreshments provided.

    Wednesday 13 October

    06.00–07.30
    Press accreditation desk open for accredited journalists to collect their badges.

    06.00–07.30
    Press Centre open. Refreshments and breakfast provided.

    08.30–09.45
    - Arrivals and doorstep at Malmömässan, main entrance.
    - Arrivals of heads of delegation – live coverage by host broadcaster.
    - Doorstep – all media + live coverage by host broadcaster + host photographers.
    - Greeting – live coverage by host broadcaster + host photographers

    10.00–11.15
    Plenary session I (webcast). Host photographers + live coverage by host broadcaster. Photo opp. Pool 1.

    Today, few survivors remain to bear witness to the horrors of the Holocaust. The opening Plenary Session will reflect on the consequences of the diminishing number of survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust, the Roma genocide and the persecution that different groups were exposed to during the Holocaust. The international community has an obligation to ensure that the Holocaust is remembered and that future generations understand the causes of and the process leading up to the Holocaust, and to reflect on its consequences to prevent this from ever happening again.

    Among the speakers in this session are Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, Mayor of Malmö Katrin Stjernfeldt Jammeh, President of Israel Isaac Herzog, Professor Yehuda Bauer, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, President of the World Jewish Congress Ronald Lauder and President of the European Roma and Travellers Forum Miranda Vuolasranta. Guests of honour are survivors of the Holocaust who will take part in a conversation with Prime Minister Löfven.

    11.15-11.35
    Group photo, host photographer.

    11.50–12.50
    Breakout sessions, three parallel sessions (webcast). One small pool in each session room, host photographers. Pools 2, 3 and 4.

    Three parallel Breakout Sessions will feature interactive discussions focusing on the different themes of the Forum with short interventions (approx. 3 min) by Heads of Delegations. The lists of speakers in each session is currently being finalized. Each Breakout Session will start with a brief “scene setter” by an expert. The format of these sessions is a moderated conversation where the moderator will play an active role.

    1. Promoting remembrance, fighting distortion
      This session will focus on the significance of museums, memorials, and commemorative activities to promote Holocaust remembrance. Discussions will also cover how to combat denial and distortion – which includes safeguarding independent free research – to guarantee a correct presentation of historical facts and honour the memory of all victims of the Holocaust and other mass atrocities. This is also a prerequisite for lessons to be learnt and efforts to prevent mass atrocities in the future.

    2. Developing education and reaching new target groups
      This session will explore the development of Holocaust education and its various aims. These aims include preserving the memory and understanding of the historical course of events, and the role of education as a mean to prevent and combat antisemitism, antigypsyism and other forms of racism. The ways that Holocaust education and education to prevent antisemitism can reach a wider target group and approaches to capacity-building for teachers will also be covered.
    3. Countering contemporary antisemitism and other forms of racism online and offline
      This session will explore the nature of contemporary antisemitism and the various contexts where it exists. Discussions will also cover good examples of combating antisemitism, antigypsyism and other forms of racism and intolerance. A special area of emphasis will be antisemitism on social media platforms, Holocaust denial, distortion, disinformation, conspiracy theories and incitement to hate crimes and hate speech online.

    12.00
    Lunch will be available.

    13.05–14.00
    Optional tour of the exhibitions. Pool 5.

    14.50–15.50
    Breakout sessions, three parallel sessions (webcast). One small pool in each session room, host photographers. Pools 6, 7 and 8.

    Three parallel Breakout Sessions will feature interactive discussions, focusing on the different themes of the Forum, with short interventions (approx. 3 min) by Heads of Delegations. The lists of speakers in each session is currently being finalized.

    Each Breakout Session will start with a brief “scene setter” by an expert. The format for these sessions is a moderated conversation where the moderator will play an active role.

    1. Implementing strategies and ensuring security
      This session will deal with the use of different tools, for example strategies and action plans to combat antisemitism, and the appointment of special coordinators/rapporteurs to combat antisemitism. The session will also explore examples of implementation of the IHRA non-legally binding Working Definitions on antisemitism and antigypsyism/Roma discrimination. Discussions will also cover the promotion of Jewish life and
      ensuring safety and security of persons belonging to minorities affected by antisemitism, antigypsyism and other forms
      of racism and intolerance.

    2. Combating antisemitism and hate speech on social media
      This session will address the use of social media to spread disinformation, incite hatred and incitement to violence and how these developments can be prevented and countered by various actors at state, regional and local level (law enforcement, education
      systems, etc.), social media platform companies and civil society. The session will also explore how social media can be part of the solution to promote human rights and strengthen democracy. Discussions will also cover media and information literacy.

    3. Preserving testimonies and developing education for the future
      How can we ensure that the testimonies and witnesses of survivors remain accessible and continue to be shared in the future? In order to reach new and changing target groups, diverse forms and methods within Holocaust Education will be explored. This includes coalition-building involving various sectors, such as civil society, experts and academics. Participants will also explore new practices and technologies of reaching out and making an impact.

    16.15–17.15
    Plenary session II (webcast). Host photographers + live coverage by host broadcaster. Photo opp. Pool 9.

    The Holocaust was driven by hatred against Jews. However, it affected not only Jews but the whole society. Antisemitism is a concern for society as a whole and may be symptomatic of eroding democracy. Contemporary antisemitism, antigypsyism and other forms of racism and intolerance exist in many forms and flourish in different contexts. Wherever we see it, we must both react – and – act. The concluding Plenary Session will focus on action, the steps forward to ensure implementation of the pledges presented at the Forum, and how we can join forces to strengthen the work for Holocaust remembrance and combating antisemitism and other forms of racism.

    This concluding Plenary Session will be opened by the Swedish art music composer, Jacob Mühlrad. Cello soloist Johannes Rostamo will perform “Maggid”, composed by Mühlrad. Among the speakers in this Plenary Session are Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, President of the European Council Charles Michel and President of the European Jewish Congress Moshe Kantor. The Session will end with a musical performance by Swedish singer Lisa Nilsson.

    17.30–18.00
    - Press conference with Prime Minister Stefan Löfven (webcast).
    - All media, host photographers + live coverage by host broadcaster.

    Exit doorstep/departure – live coverage by host broadcaster.

    Press Centre closes three hours after the press conference.

Press Centre

  • Venue

    The Press Centre is located inside the Malmömässan. It consists of working areas and a working booth for TV/radio. The working areas are available for use without booking. The TV/radio editing booth can be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis by sending an email to rememberreact@svt.se.

    The editing rooms are equipped with a desk, chairs, internet and video and audio feed from all sessions. Refreshments will be available.

    For questions please contact media.pm.highlevelforum.malmo@gov.se.

  • Photo Pooling

    Media representatives wishing to participate in pooling, should contact media.pm.highlevelforum.malmo@gov.se as soon as possible and no later than 24  September. The organisers will issue pool cards in a manner that ensures appropriate geographical coverage. Pool cards will be distributed at the Press Centre.

    Please note the following incompatibilities:

    • Pools 2, 3 and 4 are incompatible. If you are in pool 2 you cannot be in pool 3 or 4.
    • Pools 6, 7 and 8 are incompatible. If you are in pool 6 you cannot be in pool 7 or 8.
  • Host Broadcaster

    Swedish Television (SVT) will be the official host broadcaster for the Malmö Forum. The host broadcaster provides coverage of the following 

    • Arrival/doorstep
    • Greeting
    • Plenaries I and II
    • Press conference
    • Exit doorstep/departure

    Host broadcaster contact persons are Susanne Sjöberg and Malin Sjögren. If you have any additional needs, do not hesitate to contact rememberreact@svt.se.

     

  • Host Photographers

    All footage taken by the host photographers can be used free of charge. The link to distribution of all material will be communicated at a later stage.

  • Standup Positions

    Standup positions can be booked in advance with the host broadcaster: rememberreact@svt.se.

    These positions are equipped with lighting, power and high-speed internet connection. The standup positions are free of charge. Please note that this service does not include a satellite uplink.

  • Map to Malmömässan

    Address: Malmömässan, Mässgatan 6, 215 32 Malmö

Address

Malmömässan
Mässgatan 6
215 32 Malmö

Media Contact

Accreditation

  • Media wishing to cover the Malmö Forum must be registered and accredited ahead of the event. To ensure that social distancing is practised, the number of participants is limited to two representatives per media editorial office.

    Journalists must complete the registration process, after which an accreditation confirmation will be sent via e-mail. This confirmation must be presented along with your ID card or passport when you collect your badge. Badges can be collected at the Press accreditation desk at Malmö Arena Hotel (Opening hours: 12 October 15.00-22.00, 13 October 06.00-07.30).

    The press accreditation desk will be closed 07.30-10.00 on 13 October (during the doorstep).

    Should you have any questions regarding the forum, please contact media.pm.highlevelforum.malmo@gov.se.

Background on the Malmö International Forum on Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism

  • The Malmö Forum was originally planned to take place in October 2020, marking the 75th anniversary of the end of the World War II and the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. It was also the 20th anniversary of 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 COVID-19 pandemic, however, Prime Minister announced in the spring of 2020 that the Malmö Forum would be postponed one year.

    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. Personal invitations have also been extended to experts, researchers, civil society representatives and other relevant actors who will be part of the programme.

    The purpose of the Malmö Forum is to jointly take concrete steps forward in the work on Holocaust remembrance and the fight against antisemitism. To this end we invite all delegations to present pledges on new and concrete initiatives to be carried out by the respective participating countries and organisations. Delegations are invited to present these pledges at the Forum. The pledges will be included in the outcome document of the Forum.

    Pledges should be related to the themes of the Forum:

    • Holocaust remembrance
    • Holocaust education
    • Antisemitism on social media platforms
    • Antisemitism and other forms of racism in all spheres of life

    The City of Malmö has volunteered to host the Forum. The city and the surrounding region have special historical links to the Holocaust. Jews fleeing across the Öresund strait between Denmark and Sweden during World War II arrived in Malmö. The white buses of Swedish diplomat Folke Bernadotte and the Swedish Red Cross carrying survivors from concentration camps were also received there. Many of these survivors remained in Malmö for the rest of their lives.

    Today, the City of Malmö is home to many religions and cultures, presenting both challenges and opportunities. Malmö works actively to combat antisemitism and all forms of racism and so provides a suitable environment for the Forum.

Information from the Swedish Police

  • Information about the Swedish Police and their work during the event will be continuously updated on their website. This will be the main channel for information from the Swedish Police.

    The Swedish Police - Malmöforumet

    For general information about the Swedish Police, please visit their website. 

    The Swedish Police

    Should you lose your passport during your stay in Sweden, please contact your country’s embassy. The Swedish Police can only help those who are Swedish citizens.

    The Swedish Police will offer additional service to the media during the Forum, with spokespersons working at the venue and available via telephone.

    Details regarding telephone numbers, opening hours and exact locations will be published on the Swedish Police website.

Practical information

  • Emergency number: 112
    Police number for non-emergencies: 114 14
    National health care guide hotline: 1177
    Time zone: GMT +1
    Currency: Swedish Kronor (SEK)
    Country code: +46
    Electrical outlets: two associated plug types, C and F. Sweden uses a voltage of 230 V and a frequency of 50 Hz.

    To ensure that social distancing is practised, the number of participants is limited to two representatives per media editorial office. With regard to COVID-19 measures, the full cooperation and responsible individual conduct of media representatives are essential. The following applies, in particular:

    • keep a distance of at least 1.5 meters from other persons,
    • wash your hands regularly throughout the day,
    • if you feel ill, please abstain from attending the forum.