The Stockholm Declaration
The Declaration of the Stockholm International Forum on the Holocaust (or “Stockholm Declaration”) is the founding document of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance and it continues to serve as an ongoing affirmation of each IHRA member country’s commitment to shared principles.
The declaration was the outcome of the International Forum convened in Stockholm between 27-29 January 2000 by former Swedish Prime Minister Göran Persson. The Forum was attended by the representatives of 46 governments including; 23 Heads of State or Prime Ministers and 14 Deputy Prime Ministers or Ministers.
This network of 35 member states consists of representatives of governments, as well as governmental and non-governmental organizations. Its purpose is to place political and social leaders' support behind the need for Holocaust education, remembrance, and research both nationally and internationally. Professor Yehuda Bauer, former chair of the Yad Vashem Research Institute in Jerusalem, is the Honorary Chairman.
Members must be committed to the Stockholm Declaration adopted by the Stockholm International Forum on the Holocaust in year 2000. Member countries must be committed to the implementation of national policies and programs in support of Holocaust education, remembrance, and research. The governments comprising the alliance agree on the importance of encouraging all archives, both public and private, to make their holdings on the Holocaust more widely accessible. IHRA also encourages appropriate forms of Holocaust remembrance.