5 December 2023
Seventy-five years ago, in the wake of the horrors of the Holocaust, States adopted the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.
The Convention embodied a new global commitment to ensure that “never again” should any person endure the horror of genocide.
Sadly, we are in danger of forgetting the dark lessons of the past. In today’s world of deep division, mistrust and conflict, we remain confronted by the enduring menace of this atrocious crime.
This year’s theme reminds us that the Convention and its timeless message must remain a living force in our world, calling us to uphold its solemn promise.
Keeping this promise requires all governments ratifying and fully implementing the Convention, while ensuring that perpetrators are held to account.
It requires a renewed global push to establish and strengthen prevention mechanisms, educate new generations about past genocides, and counter mis- and disinformation, which can fuel hate speech and genocidal intent and action.
And it requires continuing to strengthen the efforts of the United Nations — including the work of my Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide — to identify early warning signs and sound the alarm.
Together, let us translate our commitment into tangible action, and forever hold the memories of the victims and survivors of genocide in our hearts.
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Innovative solutions and inclusive education for people with disabilities are the main topics of the Zero Project Conference 2024 which is taking place at the United Nations in Vienna for the 11th year. Since 2013, the United Nations in Vienna through the UN Office at Vienna (UNOV), the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Essl Foundation, have been working together to realize the United Nations’ commitment to building a better world for people with disabilities.
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