Today prior to convening the 55th plenary of the #UNGA, I had the opportunity to meet with a few #holocaust survivors along with the Permanent Representative of @IsraelinUN Ambassador @giladerdan1 and the CEO of @pfizer Mr. Albert Bourla, whose parents survived the Holocaust. pic.twitter.com/8xegfptY2N
— UN GA President (@UN_PGA) January 20, 2022
Introducing the resolution, Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, himself a grandson of Holocaust victims, Gilad Erdan, said the world lives “in an era in which fiction is now becoming fact, and the Holocaust is becoming a distant memory.”
“Holocaust denial has spread like a cancer, it has spread under our watch”,he warned.
According to the resolution, this genocide “will forever be a warning to all people of the dangers of hatred, bigotry, racism and prejudice.”
In the text, Member States express concern about “the growing prevalence of Holocaust denial or distortion through the use of information and communications technologies.”
It also urges all Member States to “reject without any reservation any denial or distortion of the Holocaust as a historical event, either in full or in part, or any activities to this end.”
The resolution commends countries that have “actively engaged in preserving those sites that served as Nazi death camps, concentration camps, forced labour camps, killing sites and prisons during the Holocaust, as well as similar places operated by Nazi-allied regimes, their accomplices or auxiliaries.”
It also asksMember States to develop programs to educate future generations and urges social media companies to take active measures to combat antisemitism and Holocaust denial or distortion.
At the United Nations, most educational efforts to combat antisemitism happen through the Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).