The Netherlands chairs the Holocaust Task Force

Today, the rotating chairmanship of the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance, and Research (ITF) passes from Israel to the Netherlands.

The ITF is an international organisation with 28 member states committed to the Declaration of the Stockholm International Forum on the Holocaust, in which countries pledge to work together at national and international level, to coordinate, expand, improve and promote Holocaust education, research and remembrance. The signatories particularly want to highlight the Holocaust’s ongoing relevance in today’s world.

This is the second time that the Netherlands has been asked to lead the ITF. Its new chairperson is Karel de Beer. The ITF’s activities will be shaped by the joint efforts of the ministries of Health, Welfare and Sport, and of Foreign Affairs. The organisation’s secretariat is established in Berlin.

Later this year, diplomats and experts from the various member states will meet in Amsterdam (in June) and The Hague (in November) to discuss matters related to Holocaust education, research and remembrance.