William Hague speaking during a news conference
British Foreign Secretary William Hague speaking during a news conference in New York, August 30, 2012. Photo by Reuters
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The UK. took over as chair of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance on Monday.  

The 31-member Alliance is an intergovernmental body which aims to place political and social leaders’ support behind the need for Holocaust education, remembrance and research both nationally and internationally, the organization says on its website.

As chair, Britain "will lead international efforts to ensure future generations can understand the causes of the Holocaust and reflect upon its consequences," the British Foreign Office said in a statement.

"We were one of the three founding members of the Alliance and we are proud to take on its leadership again today," Foreign Secretary William Hague said.          

“In the words of the Stockholm Declaration, signed at the founding of the Alliance," he added, "Our commitment must be to remember the victims who perished, respect the survivors still with us, and reaffirm humanity's common aspiration for mutual understanding and justice.”

Britain's aims for the chairmanship, which rotates annually, include intensifying work on its program of academic, educational and commemorative research, and broadening the Alliance's influence beyond Europe and North America, Hague said.  

This will be the second time that Britain chairs the Alliance.