Illustration: The Government Offices of Sweden

Together for Impact – the Swedish Presidency of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance

Sweden holds the Presidency of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, the IHRA, twenty plus years after the first Stockholm Forum on the Holocaust and one year after the Malmö Forum, Remember – ReAct. The Presidency, Together for Impact, began on 1 March of 2022 and will continue until the end of February of 2023.

Sweden assumes the Presidency at a time when the IHRA is needed more than ever; anti-democratic forces are gaining ground, spreading antisemitism, antigypsyism, disinformation and distortion, not least on social media platforms. The Presidency has two major priorities; following up on the pledges made at the Malmö Forum and focusing on further strengthening the IHRA as an institution.

Responsible ministries
Ministry of Culture
  • International Conference on the Genocide of the Roma and Combating Antigypsyism

    IHRA Plenary, Stockholm, June 2022.
    IHRA Plenary, Stockholm, June 2022. Photo: Magnus Liljegren/Government Offices of Sweden

    On 20–21 October 2022, the Swedish Presidency of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) will host an international conference in Stockholm on the genocide of the Roma and combating antigypsyism.

  • Stockholm IHRA plenary 20-23 June

    • Photo: Magnus Liljegren/Government Offices of Sweden

    • Photo: Magnus Liljegren/Government Offices of Sweden

    • Photo: Magnus Liljegren/Government Offices of Sweden

    • Photo: Magnus Liljegren/Government Offices of Sweden

    • Photo: Magnus Liljegren/Government Offices of Sweden

    • Photo: Magnus Liljegren/Government Offices of Sweden

    The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) has successfully concluded its first plenary meetings under the Swedish Presidency. Guided by the motto, “Together for impact,” more than 200 experts, political representatives, and representatives of international organizations and civil society met in Stockholm over four days to advance education, remembrance, and research of the Holocaust and the genocide of the Roma.

  • Teacher Conference - Teaching and learning about the Holocaust and Antisemitism

    • Micael Bindefeld and Christer Mattsson, talking about the work of the Micael Bindefeld foundation.

      Micael Bindefeld and Christer Mattsson, talking about the work of the Micael Bindefeld foundation.

      Photos: Government Offices of Sweden and The Segerstedt Institute

    • Holocaust survivor Tobias Rawet.

      Holocaust survivor Tobias Rawet.

      Photos: Government Offices of Sweden and The Segerstedt Institute

    • The Mother´s Day card from the ghetto.

      The Mother´s Day card from the ghetto.

      Photos: Government Offices of Sweden and The Segerstedt Institute

    On the occasion of the Swedish IHRA Presidency, a reunion was organized on the 13 June for Swedish teachers who had been to The Yad Vashem. The aim of the day was to reconnect to the experiences from Yad Vashem, and discuss the contemporary and future needs in Sweden for elaborated teaching and learning on the Holocaust and antisemitism.

  • IHRA Chair Statement

    IHRA Chair Ambassador Ann Bernes.
    IHRA Chair Ambassador Ann Bernes. Photo: Ninni Andersson/Government Offices of Sweden

    "By comparing and equating Ukraine’s democratically elected government and their actions with the murderous policy of Nazi Germany, the history of the Holocaust is being grossly distorted and misused," said IHRA Chair Ambassador Ann Bernes in her first statement as IHRA Chair.

Background

  • Together for Impact – the Swedish Presidency of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance

    Illustration: The Government Offices of Sweden

    Through the initiative of former Swedish Prime Minister Göran Persson Sweden helped found the forerunner of the IHRA in 1998, and in 2000 initiated the Stockholm International Forum on the Holocaust, at which the IHRA was established and the Stockholm Declaration adopted to serve as the basis for its unique expert, knowledge and dialogue-oriented activities. Sweden’s role as a founder and its long-standing engagement in the IHRA is a central starting point for the Swedish Presidency in 2022–2023. In January 2020, the IHRA adopted a Ministerial Declaration which supplements the Stockholm Declaration by highlighting several topical issues and pointing out that the genocide of the Roma has been neglected.

    In October 2021, at the initiative of former Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, the Swedish Government organised the Malmö International Forum on Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism, at which 60 delegations made pledges in the IHRA’s area of activity. Sweden pledged to take on the Presidency of the IHRA in 2022–2023 and, as part of that commitment, to follow up on the pledges made at the Malmö Forum. Holding the Presidency of the IHRA is thus part of consistent efforts whereby the Swedish Government continues to prioritise these issues both in their own right and as an important part of Sweden’s never-ending efforts to promote human rights, democracy and the rule of law.

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