The Chair of the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO, Ian McKinnon, read the UNESCO Director General's message on the occasion of UN Holocaust Remembrance Day at an event at Parliament on 27 January 2016.
The event was organised by the New Zealand Holocaust Centre and hosted by Hon. Chris Finalyson QC.
The Director General's message reminded us that 'commemorating the victims is a common duty of humankind. It is a call to "remember together" and to share this universal memory, regardless of origin or religion. It is also the desire to understand the historical and social processes that unleashed such an outbreak of violence, in order to prevent them from recurring today'.
The full message can be downloaded from UNESCO's website http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0024/002433/243350E.pdf