Australia becomes 33rd member of IHRA

The Australian delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, led by Australia’s ambassador to Germany Lynette Wood, and head of the UK delegation Eric Pickles (centre).

AUSTRALIA has been admitted to full membership of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) following a unanimous vote of the plenary in Luxembourg.

“Now that Australia is a full member, with a seat at the table, we are able to fully participate in IHRA’s efforts to formulate policies, plans and programs advancing Holocaust education, commemoration and research,” the Australian delegation to IHRA said in a statement.

The group noted that this is “particularly important” given the large number of Holocaust survivors and their descendants in Australia.

“Membership also provides a mandate to further enhance Australia’s efforts in Holocaust education and commemoration with the support through IHRA of leading experts from around the world.”

Australia is the 33rd state to achieve full membership and the first Indo-Pacific nation to join IHRA.

This has been a four-year process supported by the United Kingdom, as Australia’s mentor, led by Lord Eric Pickles.

The Australian government’s commitment to IHRA enjoys bi-partisan support and is facilitated through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

The head of the Australian delegation is Lynette Wood, Australia’s ambassador to Germany. After the acceptance at the plenary, she read a statement from Foreign Minister Marise Payne, and conveyed the Australian government’s appreciation of the support of the UK delegation, led by Lord Pickles, and the passion and dedication of the Australian expert delegation.