Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

GAAMAC assists interested States in operationalizing the prevention of atrocities at the national level through:

  1. Sharing of information in the field of atrocity prevention
  2. Exchange lessons learned to deepen knowledge and inform practice
  3. Supporting networks and enhancing links among and between States, civil society and academia
  4. Facilitating peer-to-peer support for developing and implementing national strategies

Through these work streams, GAAMAC fosters synergies between and among States and civil society leading to concrete action, confidential peer-to-peer support, and a direct exchange of expertise.

GAAMAC is an inclusive, state-led network created by states, civil society organizations and academic institutions to collaborate and enhance their existing work on atrocity prevention. It was constituted in 2013, is guided by its Founding Document and led by its Steering Group headed by a Chair. The Chair is currently held by Switzerland, represented by Ms. Mô Bleeker, Special Envoy and Head of the Task Force for Dealing with the Past and Prevention of Atrocities at the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA).

GAAMAC works primarily with and for States interested in preventing atrocities at the national level and with civil society organizations. It also cooperates with the UN, international and regional organizations and academic institutions active or interested in atrocity prevention.

GAAMAC supports projects to enhance the prevention of atrocities at the national level, requested by any State or partner upon approval by the Steering Group. If your State or organization would like assistance, support or advice please do not hesitate to get in touch with the GAAMAC Support Office.

Every two years, GAAMAC convenes practitioners and experts in atrocity prevention at its global meetings. GAAMAC I was held in Costa Rica in 2014. GAAMAC II took place in the Philippines in 2016. GAAMAC III was convened in May 2018 in Uganda. GAAMAC IV will be held in Europe; more information on the 2020 global meeting will follow.

As a network for the prevention of atrocities, GAAMAC primarily works with its Steering Group  and GAAMAC partners through virtual platforms. A small Support Office is located in Geneva, Switzerland, and assists the Chair, the Steering Group and partners.

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 Office, 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 (Global Centre for Responsibility to Protect (GCR2P), International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect (ICRtoP), FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University, and the School of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University), with the participation of the UN Office of the Special Advisers on the Prevention of Genocide and R2P and the Genocide Prevention Atrocity Network (GPANET).

GAAMAC is open to all States on the following basis:

Any State or governmental institution may become a partner of GAAMAC by expressing its interest in atrocity prevention to the Steering Group. Please contact the GAAMAC Support Office to register your interest.

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

Any organization, including international and regional organizations, civil society and academic institutions, may become a partner of GAAMAC by submitting a letter from a senior representative to the Chair through the GAAMAC Support Office. 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 of atrocity prevention. 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.

GAAMAC supports States, civil society and academia, as well as their already existing networks, in their endeavor to develop national architectures and policies for the prevention of atrocities. Through its global convening role, its multi-track and multi-disciplinary approach, global meetings and support for activities of its partners, GAAMAC contributes to the practical implementation of atrocity prevention.

GAAMAC’s knowledge hub and network adds value to the atrocity prevention community by providing an accessible, technical and non-political space for knowledge production, exchange of good practices and lessons learned, interactive discussions, awareness-raising, and connections with a wide range of related fields of practice.