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United Nations in Zambia to Commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day

PRESS RELEASE

Events to address tolerance, coexistence and peace

The Holocaust Memorial

Lusaka Zambia; From 27 January to 2 February 2017, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) in Lusaka will hold a series of events to observe the International Remembrance Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust. The programme will target children and youth in secondary schools and universities in Lusaka, Central and the Copperbelt provinces. Speakers will include UNIC staff, members of the Jewish community in Zambia and Non-Governmental Organizations that work around peace building and friendships.

The United Nations General Assembly, on 1st November 2005, adopted Resolution 60/7 designating 27th January as an Annual International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust. The date was chosen to coincide with the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. The purpose of the Holocaust Memorial Day is to remember and learn from the lessons of the past. The theme for Holocaust remembrance and education activities in 2017 is “Holocaust Remembrance: Educating for a Better Future”.

Approximately six million Jews who were persecuted and murdered by the Nazi regime and its collaborators during the Second World War through a systematic and state-sponsored fashion.

The Holocaust commemoration is important today as it offers lessons of not only the atrocities committed during the First World War but also on the need for tolerance, co-existence, conflict prevention and the respect for human rights. As killings of people in Africa and globally continues to be the order of the day as a result of armed conflict, the Zambian people can learn from these unfortunate events and not take peace for granted. There is need to guard against tribal differences and hate speech as they have the potential to cause conflict.

UNIC Lusaka will during the Holocaust commemorations engage children and youth as they are the future of Zambia who should grow up appreciating the need to defend our common humanity so that they can make correct decisions around peace in future.

The theme for the Holocaust remembrance this year emphasizes the fact that Holocaust education has a universal dimension and can serve as an appropriate platform for building respect for human rights, increasing tolerance and defending our common humanity. The Holocaust was a defining point in history and its lessons have much to teach about the danger of extremism and the prevention of genocide today.

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About UNIC Lusaka:

UNIC provides information services to the public that range from responding to general inquiries about the United Nations to organizing events commemorating special observances. Journalists, researchers, educators, Non-Governmental Organizations and the General Public also rely on UNIC for the lat

est United Nations information. Apart from a library, the centre also has a free internet service that clients can use for online research.

Issued by:

Mark Maseko

National Information Officer

UN Information Centre, Lusaka

Tel: +260-211-228487; Mobile: +260 955 767062; Email: masekom@un.org

UN Zambia Launches Post-2015 Development Campaign, focused on the priority issues of inequality and the condition of young people

LUSAKA, September 19 – The United Nations in Zambia launched its Post-2015 Development campaign, focused on the priority issues of inequality and the condition of young people in Zambia. This follows the national dialogues on the Post-2015 Development Agenda held across the country earlier this year.

Following the results of these consultations, the two issues were adopted as the UN Country Team’s ‘Signature Issues’ for 2013-2014. Zambia falls in the group of countries with high inequalities. 52 per cent of Zambians are below 18 years. The country has the largest population of young people ever in its history.

“Zambia’s young population and its robust economic growth present extraordinary possibilities for the country to fast progress towards becoming a Middle Income Country with high human development. However, reducing the current state of inequality as well as key challenges in education, health and employment as faced by young Zambians is essential to get there,” said the UN Resident Coordinator in Zambia, Kanni Wignaraja.

She added, “As we move ahead at full steam towards the MDG deadline of 2015, development actors, including the government, private sector and civil society, must make bold and determined decisions on the policy and investment choices that will have the highest impact on reducing poverty and inequality. Zambia can be among those exceptional countries that have made this happen.”

The UN in Zambia will organise various events, including a UN Day Music Concert and school outreach activities during the month of October, to create further awareness and motivate young people to get more engaged on these issues and shape their future. The 2013 UN Day Music Concert will be held on 19th October at Barclays Sports Complex. A number of Zambian musicians will work with the UN team to take this campaign forward.