Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

GAAMAC assists interested states in operationalizing prevention of mass atrocity crimes at national level through:

(a) Offering information-sharing and exchange of lessons learned to deepen knowledge and inform practice
(b) Supporting networks and enhancing linkages among states and between states and civil society on atrocity prevention efforts
(c) Peer-to-peer support for developing and implanting national strategies for atrocity prevention

GAAMAC (www.gaamac.org) is an inclusive, state-led network created by states and NGOs joining together to engage in atrocity prevention. It was constituted in 2013 by states and NGOs that later drafted GAAMAC’s Founding Document and formed a steering committee (now, the GAAMAC Steering Group). 

GAAMAC works foremost with and for states interested to prevent atrocity crimes at national level. It also cooperates with the UN, international and regional networks and organizations as well as academic institutions, NGOs and civil society groups working for mass atrocity prevention.

GAAMAC works globally at the request of any GAAMAC partner state, governmental institution or civil society organization and as approved by the Steering Group.

There is no physical GAAMAC office, but it has a small and flexible ‘virtually connected’ Support Team working from different parts of the world with the primary task of supporting the functioning of GAAMAC. The Support Team is initially supported by Switzerland.

As a voluntary, non-binding, informal consultative group, GAAMAC consists of the biennial Global Meeting, the Steering Group, a Steering Group Chairperson, a small Support Team, and working groups.  The GAAMAC Steering Group is composed of partner States that endorse the Founding Document and wish to take a more active role in GAAMAC and partner organizations that are actively supporting the development of national prevention architectures. The Steering Group selects a Chairperson from one of the GAAMAC member states. The current chair is Switzerland.  

GAAMAC’s Steering Group is comprised of States (Argentina, Costa Rica, Denmark, Switzerland and Tanzania) and representatives of non-governmental organizations (Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation, Global Centre for R2P, International Coalition for RtoP, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University, School of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University, and the Stanley Foundation) with the participation of the UN Office of the Special Advisers on the Prevention of Genocide and R2P.

GAAMAC is open for all States on the following basis:

Any state or governmental institution may become a partner of GAAMAC by expressing to the Steering Group its interest in atrocity prevention and through participating in GAAMAC activities such as the GAAMAC biennial Global Meeting or other initiatives.

States may identify one or more contact persons to be included in GAAMAC’s mailing list for the newsletter, invitations to events, updates on activities, and other information about atrocity prevention.

GAAMAC Partner states are expected to support GAAMAC’s mission, function and modalities as set out in the Founding Document.

Any organization, such as an international or national NGO, may become a partner of GAAMAC by submitting a letter from a senior representative to the GAAMAC Chairperson. The letter should demonstrate the organization’s commitment to support atrocity prevention, endorse GAAMAC’s Founding Document, explain the organization’s motivation for joining GAAMAC, and describe past activities and work in the field. The Steering Group will review requests periodically.

States interested in becoming part of the GAAMAC Steering Group may submit a letter to the Steering Group Chairperson endorsing the Founding Document and expressing interest in taking a more active role in preventing atrocities, through establishing a dedicated capacity to develop/strengthen their own national architecture for prevention. The Steering Group will review requests periodically.

Partner Organizations that are actively supporting the development of national prevention architectures and are interested in becoming a member of the Steering Group, may submit a written request that re-affirms their commitment to atrocity prevention and enumerates their activities and foreseen contribution to the Steering Group. The Steering Group will review requests periodically.

Through its global convening and connecting role, its multi-track and multi-disciplinary outreach, its biennial global meetings, its working groups and its participation in and support for activities of its partners, GAAMAC contributes to the much-needed practical implementation of prevention on the ground.

GAAMAC supports networks, states and civil society in their endeavour to develop national architectures and policy. As an informal, state-led support platform working with civil society, GAAMAC opens doors for more states to join.

GAAMAC interacts and works with states in partnership with the UN and NGOs.  It seeks to strengthen collaboration and encourage constructive cooperation between states, the UN and civil society actors, foremost in national context. GAAMAC States can facilitate sensitive dialogues and foster synergies with other states leading to discreet action, confidential peer-to-peer support, and direct exchange of expertise that may be desired. 

GAAMAC’s knowledge hub and network adds value to the atrocity prevention community by providing an accessible, technical and non-political home for knowledge products, exchange of good practices and lessons learned, interactive discussions, awareness-raising, as well as access and connection to a wide range of related fields of practice as well as to a wide range of actors.