“Our commitment must be to remember the victims who perished, respect the survivors still with us, and reaffirm humanity's common aspiration for mutual understanding and justice.”
-- Declaration of the Stockholm International Forum on the Holocaust
The Chairmanship of the IHRA rotates annually on a voluntary basis. Each Chairmanship appoints a Chair to serve for the duration of the Chairmanship. The Chair is responsible for the overall activities of the IHRA and also represents the IHRA internationally.
A ceremony is held each year to mark the handover to a new Chairmanship. This handover ceremony takes place in February or March at the embassy of the new Chair country in Berlin.
On 7 March 2017 Switzerland assumed the Chairmanship of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance. Switzerland became a member of IHRA in 2004. Switzerland’s chairmanship is rooted in a particular set of values: Respect for minorities and for cultural, political and social diversity is an essential part of Switzerland, just as it is crucial to its existence and its functioning as a state under the rule of the law, thereby ensuring peace, security and equality for all. An overview of the Swiss chairmanship priorities and media coverage of the chairmanship can be found on the website of the Swiss Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs in English, French, Italian, and German.
More information about Holocaust education, research and remembrance in Switzerland can be found on the IHRA website.
The Swiss Chairmanship will host two IHRA Plenary meetings during the course of the year, in Geneva in June and in Bern in November.