Background: On September 11, 2015, the General Assembly adopted unanimously resolution
69/323 in which it proclaimed December 9 as the International Day of
Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the
Prevention of this Crime. The resolution encouraged all Member and observer
States, all organizations of the United Nations system and other international
and regional organizations and individuals to observe the International Day in
order to raise awareness of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of
the Crime of Genocide and its role in combating and preventing the crime of
genocide, as well as to commemorate and honor its victims. The December 9 also
marks the day the Genocide Convention was adopted in 1948.

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