International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda (7 April 2014)
The International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda (7 April) was proclaimed by the General Assembly of the United Nations on 23.12.2003. This decision resulted from a recommendation made by the Executive Council of the African Union in March 2003. This day serves to reflect on the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda and recommits the international community to the fight against genocide throughout the world.
UNESCO supports the organization of the 20th commemoration and is committed to ensure that the genocide perpetrated in Rwanda in 1994 is better known and more taught. The purpose of the day is also to honour the memory of the victims and pay tribute to the survivors while raising awareness among younger generations about the legacy of this genocide and the values of a culture of peace.