The UN General Assembly this afternoon passed a resolution designating 27 January as an annual day of commemoration for Jewish and other victims of the Holocaust.

The resolution, first proposed by Australia, Canada, Israel, Russia and the United States, was co-sponsored by more than 90 countries.

It was adopted by consensus.

The resolution urged the assembly's 191 member states to put in place educational programs aimed at teaching future generations the lessons of the genocide so it will not be repeated in the future.

In addition, it rejected any denial of the Holocaust as a historical event and called on UN chief Kofi Annan to set up a Holocaust outreach program.

It also condemned 'without reserve all manifestations of  religious intolerance, incitement, harassment or violence against persons or communities based on ethnic origin or religious belief, wherever they occur.'