Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London, will today launch a new interactive Anne Frank Declaration for Children at City Hall.
The Anne Frank Declaration For Children has been adapted from the original Anne Frank Declaration, which was initiated in 1998 and has been signed by many world figures, including: UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, former South African President Nelson Mandela, former US President Bill Clinton and UK Prime Minister Tony Blair.
An exhibition is also on show highlighting the dangers of anti-Semitism and intolerance. The exhibition and declaration are seen as a mechanism to spread this message among today’s children and young people. Children from schools across the capital are due to visit the exhibition over the next two days.
Speaking today, the Mayor said: ‘I am pleased that the Anne Frank Trust exhibition is returning to City Hall and that The Anne Frank Declaration For Children is being launched here. The Holocaust should never be forgotten or repeated and these initiatives will contribute to young people’s understanding of the horrific consequences of racism and ant-Semitism. With the extreme right gaining ground in many parts of Europe, it is a timely reminder of the reality of fascism.’
The Anne Frank Declaration For Children is fully interactive, with a host of companies and organisations providing links to The Anne Frank Trust’s site, to allow young people unable to attend the event to pledge their support online. Following the London launch, The Anne Frank Trust will take the Declaration to other cities, allowing young people around the country to pledge their support