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Report of the United Nations Secretary-General on the Responsibility to Protect: Lessons Learned for Prevention

28 Jun 2019 9:54

The United Nations Secretary-General has released its 2019 report on the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) entitled "Responsibility to Protect: Lessons Learned for Prevention" (A/73/898). GAAMAC is mentioned in the introduction, as constituting “an important platform for international cooperation in advancing national prevention efforts”.

The document takes stock of good practices since the adoption of R2P at the 2005 World Summit to underline a range of measures that the international community and individual states can take to strengthen preventive efforts, and to offer a number of practical policy suggestions.  For instance, the report outlines specific actions to address hate speech, cultivate diversity and inclusion, and translate early warnings into decisive action towards prevention. In stressing the important role of prevention, the document also serves as a call to action for member states and international institutions.

The United Nations General Assembly is meeting for a plenary session on the "Responsibility to Protect and the prevention of genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity" on 27-28 June, as part of the formal agenda of its 73rd session. Switzerland, in a speech delivered by Ambassador Jürg Lauber, Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the United Nations in New York, highlighted GAAMAC’s important role as a platform for exchange, dialogue and learning on prevention.

A summary of the advanced version of the report was published by the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect earlier this month.