Stockholm International Forum on the Holocaust
27-29 JANUARY 2000
In 2000, between 27-29 January, an International Forum was convened in Stockholm by former Swedish Prime Minister Göran Persson, where representatives of 46 governments including 23 Heads of State or Prime Ministers and 14 Deputy Prime Ministers or Ministers, met in order to discuss the importance of Holocaust education, remembrance and research. The meeting and its deliberations resulted in the Stockholm Declaration on the Holocaust.
International organisations, such as the United Nations, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Council of Europe, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) committed to the Stockholm Declaration and made Holocaust Remembrance part of their core mission.
In many countries, the Declaration contributed to the public debate on their national history and the role they played in the Holocaust. Questions, previously considered taboo, started to be asked and many countries reopened the pages of history, reviewed the facts and acknowledged what happened during the war. As a consequence, they decided to learn from the past pledged to never allow such atrocities to happen again.