22 January 2011 – The United Nations, which was created in the aftermath of the Second World War, has a duty to stand up and speak out for human rights and offer a voice to the voiceless, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today at an event to remember the victims of the Holocaust.“The United Nations was created in hope, and hope is what it stands for to this day,” he said in remarks at Manhattan’s Park East Synagogue, ahead of the next week’s International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust.“Let us work together to make the UN all that it can be, all that it must be – a force for democracy, a champion of freedom, a lamp for human dignity, human rights and human aspiration.“Above all, let us renew our collective determination to never allow such a terrible passage of history to happen again,” he told the congregants, which included some survivors of the Holocaust.“For me, for many people in the world, you are symbols – symbols of human endurance, symbols of hope, symbols of the redemptive power of remembrance.”In 2005, the General Assembly designated 27 January, the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp, as an annual International Day of Commemoration to honour the victims of the Holocaust, and urged Member States to develop educational programmes to instill the memory of the tragedy in future generations.