Strengthening Cooperation for Atrocity Prevention in the Asia Pacific

25 Sep 2018 13:25

Between 21 and 23 August 2018, actors in atrocity prevention met in Bangkok, Thailand, to assess the state of atrocity prevention and the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) in the region, and make commitments for the future. The meeting was organized by the Asia-Pacific Centre for R2P, Mahidol University and Chulalongkorn University.

On the first day, 29 youth leaders from nine countries met to discuss their role in the future of atrocity prevention. In their statement of commitment, they commit to establishing a regional network of youth leaders for atrocity prevention with youth focal points from each state of the region.

On the second day, Dr. Marty Natalegawa delivered the Inaugural Dr. Surin Pitsuwan Memorial Oration. The prominent Indonesian diplomat took an expansive look at the evolution and future of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in relation to atrocity prevention and R2P, demonstrating that the concepts and norms of R2P converge with ASEAN’s vision of a peaceful, just, democratic, people-centred and caring community in Southeast Asia.

On the third day, participants met for the high-level meeting on "Strengthening Regional Cooperation for Atrocity Prevention". Gareth Evans, former foreign minister of Australia and co-chair of the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty (ICISS) delivered the keynote speech, making a case for staying optimistic about the future of atrocity prevention.