The Permanent Missions of Argentina, Costa Rica, Denmark, Switzerland and Tanzania, the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect and the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect cordially invite you to a panel discussion entitled:

In December 2018, the international community marked the 70th anniversary of two major achievements of the twentieth century: the adoption of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide and the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The international community agreed on these groundbreaking documents with a view to "never again" allow atrocities as those committed against the Jews and other groups prior and during the Second World War. Both documents reflect that to prevent genocide and other atrocities, human rights must be safeguarded and protected.

More than 70 years on, genocide and other atrocities are still committed in many parts of the world. This reminds us that no society is immune and that much remains to be done to prevent these crimes effectively.

For this reason, it is important to identify success stories, share good practices and reframe prevention from urgent crisis management to sustainable early and permanent prevention, which requires solid national policies and mechanisms.

Each year during the month of April, many people around the world dedicate time for remembrance and commemoration for the victims of genocide in observation of the "Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month".

This event will provide an opportunity for governments, civil society organizations and practitioners to take stock of achievements and failures in atrocity prevention in the 70 years since the adoption of the Genocide Convention and explore recommendations for better prevention in the future. Drawing on lessons learned shared by the expert panel, a discussion will take place with participants about measures that the atrocity prevention community can and should be taking to better protect vulnerable populations from these heinous crimes. Emphasis will be placed on how the Genocide Convention has fortified action at the domestic level and how to build upon and learn from past experiences.

This event is co-hosted by members of the GAAMAC Steering Group and organized with the support of the GAAMAC Support Office based in Geneva.


  • Ms. Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi, Advisor to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship of Argentina and former President of the International Criminal Court
  • Ms. Felistas Mushi, Chairperson of Tanzania’s National Committee on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide, Crimes against Humanity, War Crimes and all Forms of Discrimination
  • Mr. Wichert ten Have, Advisor to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA)
  • Mr. Iniyan Ilango, Independent Human Rights Advocate

The panel will be chaired by Ms. Mô Bleeker, GAAMAC Chair and Swiss Special Envoy for Dealing with the Past and Prevention of Atrocities.

Please join the panelists and fellow participants for coffee after the event!

We invite you to comment on Twitter using #AtrocityPreventionGAAMAC

Please RSVP using the link below. For further information, please contact: 

Tamara Wiher, GAAMAC Support Office, Tel: +41 (0)22 730 86 11 / Email:

This event will be livestreamed: click here to watch the panel discussion remotely.


Montreal, Canada

Organized By : Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies

Join the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (MIGS) for a discussion with Kareem Shaheen, the former Middle East and Turkey correspondent for The Guardian, on the challenges journalists face in reporting from the front lines of conflict.

Montreal, Canada

Organized By : Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies

On the 70th anniversary of the UN adoption of the Genocide Convention, the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (MIGS) at Concordia, in partnership with the Montreal Holocaust Museum, the Canadian Museum of Human Rights and the Alliance for Genocide Awareness and Remembrance, are hosting a public event in honour of the International Day for the Prevention of Genocide. Speakers include the Honourable Allan Rock, former Canadian Minister of Justice and Ambassador to the UN, as well as several survivors of genocide and atrocities, including Éloge Butera, Eva Kuper and Ketty Nivyabandi.

Participants must register for the event.

Geneva, Switzerland

Organized By : Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights

Philippe Sands QC will close the symposium “The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at Seventy: Historical and Juridical Perspectives” with a lecture on The UDHR and the Genocide Convention at 70.

The event will take place on 5 December from 6:15pm at the Maison de la Paix in Geneva. Interested participants should register their attendance.

Philippe Sands QC is Professor of Law at University College London and a practicing barrister at Matrix Chambers. He has acted as Counsel before many international courts and tribunals, including the International Criminal Court and the International Court of Justice, and sits as an arbitrator at ICSID, the PCA and the Court of Arbitration for Sport. He is the author of East-West Street (2016), for which he received the European Book Price this year. He has also contributed to the New York Review of Books, Vanity Fair, Financial Times and The Guardian


Geneva, Switzerland

Each year, a host of events dedicated to international peace are held during an entire week in Geneva. This year, Geneva Peace Week will take place from 5 to 9 November. Geneva Peace Week 2018 emphasizes the urgency of finding peaceful solutions for the growing risks of violent conflict, building on the lessons from history and the needs for future peacebuilding practice.

The full program with all events can be found here.

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