Irina Bokova signs cooperation agreement with Israel to strengthen UNESCO’s programmes on Holocaust education
On 7 March 2011, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova and Ambassador Nimrod Barkan, Permanent Delegate of Israel to UNESCO, signed an agreement to reinforce cooperation in developing and promoting Holocaust education and combating its denial. The Agreement aims to provide additional resources for UNESCO’s Holocaust education, remembrance and research activities.
Cooperation between UNESCO and Israel on this subject follows the 2007 decision by UNESCO’s General Conference (Resolution 61), which brings together all of the Organization’s 193 Member States, to support Holocaust education worldwide and combat Holocaust denial.
Following the signature, the Director-General expressed her gratitude to Israel for the support provided through this agreement and underlined that UNESCO has a major role to play in this context. She noted that the agreement gives concrete means for UNESCO to further develop and reinforce its activities to promote Holocaust remembrance, awareness teaching and to develop preventive policies. Noting the obligations set by the agreement, Irina Bokova emphasized that UNESCO and Israel will be in constant contact, notably through reporting, to agree on the details of this partnership all along its implementation.
Ambassador Barkan expressed his appreciation for signing the agreement with the Director-General. He welcomed UNESCO’s full support to ensure the implementation of the General conference Resolution and to promote tolerance education at all levels.