Sweden hosts international Holocaust remembrance conference
On 20–23 June, around 300 experts, researchers, diplomats and politicians from around the world are gathering in Stockholm to collaborate on Holocaust research and education. As President of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), Sweden is hosting the international Plenary Session with a focus on following through on the promises of the 2021 Malmö International Forum on Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism.
“There are very few remaining Holocaust survivors who can share their experiences with us. We need international collaboration, dialogue and education for remembrance, and to counter the antisemitic and antidemocratic forces that are growing around the world,” says Minister for Culture Jeanette Gustafsdotter.
Sweden is President of the IHRA, an intergovernmental organisation comprising 35 Member Countries working together for Holocaust remembrance, research and education.
The primary focus of Sweden’s Presidency is to follow up on the commitments made by 60 delegations at the Malmö Forum and to strengthen the IHRA as an organisation.
Sweden is hosting the IHRA’s Plenary Session on 20–23 June in Stockholm, where around 300 experts, researchers and diplomats from IHRA Member Countries and affiliated organisations are gathering. They are following up on the commitments made at the Malmö Forum to ensure that they are kept, and to shore up continued engagement and international collaboration for Holocaust Remembrance.
About the IHRA
The IHRA was initiated in 1998 by former Swedish Prime Minister Göran Persson together with US President Bill Clinton and UK Prime Minister Tony Blair. As President of the IHRA from 1 March 2022 to 28 February 2023, Sweden plays a key role as the organisations’s international representative. The motto during Sweden’s Presidency is “Together for impact – Promoting Holocaust remembrance and combating antisemitism and antigypsyism through cooperation and dialogue.”
About the Malmö Forum
In January 2020, former Prime Minister Stefan Löfven invited heads of state and government, researchers, experts and civil society organisations from some 50 countries and 20 organisations to take part in the Malmö International Forum on Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism: Remember – ReAct. The aim of the Malmö Forum was to jointly take concrete steps forward to strengthen Holocaust remembrance and combat antisemitism. It was meant to be held on 26–27 October 2020, but was postponed until 13–14 October 2021 due to the pandemic.