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UN: 70th Anniversary of the Genocide Convention

Special event to mark the 70th anniversary of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide and the International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime.

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– António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General
– H.E. María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, President of the General Assembly
– Adama Dieng, United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide

VIDEO: “The Genocide Convention: A Call for Action”, produced by the Department of Public Information

PANEL DISCUSSION: Opportunities and Challenges for the Prevention of Genocide – the Next 70 Years
• Alison Smale, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications
Promoting universal values and fighting racism – the United Nations’ use of new and traditional media.
• Agnes Callamard, Director, Columbia University Global Freedom of Expression and United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions Prevention of genocide and social media – challenges and opportunities.
• Stephen D. Smith, Finci Viterbi Executive Director of University of Southern California (USC) Shoah Foundation
Prevention of genocide and new technology – challenges and opportunities.

‘Dimensions in Testimony’, presented by Stephen D. Smith, Executive Director of USC Shoah
Foundation, promoting the preservation of testimonies of victims of genocide and other atrocity crimes and allowing for real-time dialogue with survivors
Conversation between United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide Adama Dieng and Holocaust Survivor Pinchas Gutter

This is Our Legacy: Celebrating 30 Years of the March of the Living

This is Our Legacy Gala Keynote Address by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Nate Leipciger Introduces Prime Minister Trudeau

Eli Rubenstein Keynote Address

Watch more videos from the event here.

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The March of the Living Children’s Choir sings Lay Down Your Arms at Auschwitz on Yom Hashoah 2015. EYNAT KATZ PHOTO

CJN, By Paul Lungen

On Nov. 11, Canadians will gather at cenotaphs, schools, churches, synagogues and other public places to mark the sacrifices of Canadian soldiers in armed conflicts around the world.

To make the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II even more significant, March of the Living Canada (MOL) is asking schools taking part in Remembrance Day activities to add the video of a unique peace song to their memorials – Lay Down Your Arms.

Written by a wounded Israeli veteran of the Yom Kippur War to honour his fallen comrades, with lyrics by a Canadian songwriter and a bridge by a local musician, the song “has Canadian content and a universal message,” said MOL national director Eli Rubenstein.

Auschwitz Museum celebrating 70th anniversary of liberation with YouTube livestream

Today marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, when Soviet troops marched into the Nazi death camp and freed its remaining survivors. By January 1945, the Nazi war machine had killed more than 1 million prisoners at the site, most of whom were Jews. The day has since become International Holocaust Remembrance Day, and the Auschwitz Museum holds a remembrance every year at the camp’s Death Gate to commemorate the liberation and those lost in the war. This year, YouTube is also helping to mark the end of the Holocaust by livestreaming the event online.

Google has already worked extensively with the Auschwitz Museum, digitizing images and records from the site along uploading media to make for an online museum. Today serves as an extension of those efforts, especially at a time when the number of the camp’s remaining survivors continues to fall. You can watch the ceremonies right now in the embed above.