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Vision Statement

A world that remembers the Holocaust. A world without genocide.

Mission Statement

Uniting governments and experts to strengthen, advance, and promote Holocaust education, remembrance, and research worldwide and to uphold the commitments of the 2000 Stockholm Declaration and the 2020 Ministerial Declaration.

Key Facts

  • The IHRA is the only intergovernmental organization with a mandate focused solely on the Holocaust and the genocide of the Roma.
  • Our priority for 2018–2024 is to counter distortion and safeguard the record of the Holocaust and the genocide of the Roma.
  • The IHRA was initiated in 1998 by former Swedish Prime Minister Göran Persson as the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research (ITF).
  • The IHRA network currently consists of 35 Member Countries, 0 Observer Countries, 10 Liaison Countries, 8 Permanent International Partner Organizations
  • Each delegation is made up of at least one governmental representative and leading subject-matter experts in the field.
  • The IHRA Presidency is held by a different Member Country every year. It is currently held by Sweden and will be held by Croatia next year.
  • Read about the IHRA's recent initiatives in the Summary Report covering our latest Plenary Meetings and our 2021 Annual Report.

Important Dates

  • 27 January – International Holocaust Remembrance Day
  • 1 March – IHRA Presidency Handover
  • June/July – Four-day Plenary Meetings
  • 2 August – Remembrance Day of the Genocide of the Roma
  • November/December – Four-day Plenary Meetings


IHRA Secretary General Dr. Kathrin Meyer
IHRA Secretary General Dr. Kathrin Meyer, Photo credit: IHRA

IHRA Secretary General Dr. Kathrin Meyer

Areas of expertise: Countering Holocaust distortion and antisemitism, Denazification, Holocaust education, remembrance, and research

Dr. Kathrin Meyer has been the Secretary General of the IHRA since 2008. Dr. Meyer has an MA in Educational Science and a PhD in History from the Technical University Berlin, specializing in denazification and re-education in Germany after 1945.

From 2000-2004 she was a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Research on Antisemitism, Technical University Berlin and in 2003 a research fellow at the Center for advanced Holocaust studies at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. In 2004 Dr. Meyer was appointed Adviser on Antisemitism Issues at the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights in Warsaw, Poland, where she was responsible for designing and implementing a program aimed at combating antisemitism and strengthening Holocaust education and remembrance in the (then) 56 participating OSCE States.

In her role as Secretary General of the IHRA, Dr. Meyer implements the priorities of the IHRA Chair and IHRA’s Member Countries, and coordinates – together with her colleagues at the IHRA Permanent Office – the activities of its Member and Observer Countries, as well as the projects and work of the organization’s expert Working Groups and specialized Committees.

IHRA Chair Ambassador Ann Bernes (Swedish Presidency)

Areas of expertise: Priorities of the Swedish Presidency of the IHRA ("Together for Impact," Following up on pledges made at the Malmö International Forum on Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism, Remember – ReAct, Raising awareness of the genocide of the Roma)

Ambassador Bernes has had a distinguished career in both private sector and public service, holds a degree in Journalism from the University of Gothenburg, and has also studied Political Science, International Relations and Economic History at the University of Stockholm.

IHRA Chair Ambassador Ann Bernes
IHRA Chair Amb. Ann Bernes, Photo credit: Peter Pamlenyi

Ambassador Bernes started her professional career as a journalist in 1985, covering both national and international affairs.

In 1994 Ambassador Bernes joined the Swedish Foreign Service and thereafter has served her country as a diplomat holding a number of assignments related to, inter alia, security policy, crisis management, human rights as well as the European Union and the United Nations.

The assignments between 1994 and 2010 included postings in Stockholm and London, and for shorter periods of time also in New York and Brussels while the assignments at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Stockholm included laying the foundations for the civilian crisis management of the European Union, heading the Chancellery of the late Foreign Minister Anna Lindh and working as Director and Deputy Head of the Department for Security Policy.

In 2010 Ambassador Bernes was appointed Director and Head of the Department for Policy, Research and Development at the Folke Bernadotte Academy with a focus on areas like conflict prevention and dialogue processes, disarmament, demobilization and reintegration, security sector reform and the rule of law.

In 2015 Ambassador Bernes returned to the Ministry for Foreign Affairs as Sweden’s Ambassador for Gender Equality and Coordinator of Feminist Foreign Policy – a position she held until 2021 and which made it possible to contribute to the policy’s impact both internally, in the Foreign Service, and globally, where several other countries have followed in Sweden’s footsteps.

In November 2021 Ambassador Bernes was appointed Ambassador and Chair of the Swedish Presidency of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance which runs from 1 March 2022 until 28 February 2023.

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