New York

Organized By : United Nations Office of the Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide

The Permanent Mission of the Republic of South Africa to the United Nations
The United Nations Office on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect
The World Council of Churches

10:00am - 12:00pm

United Nations Secretariat Building 
Conference Room #5

Panel of Speakers 

  • H.E. Ambassador Jeremiah Nyamane Kingsley Mamabolo, Permanent Representative of the Republic of South Africa to the UN 
  • Mr. Adama Dieng, UN Special Adviser on Genocide Prevention and Responsibility to Protect (via video message)
  • Fr. Michael Lapsley SSM, Director of the Institute for Healing of Memories, South Africa. Father Lapsley has been awarded the Public Peace Prize 2016, in the top category “Global Peace and Reconciliation – Internationally-Reputed Peacemaker”
  • Dr. Purnaka L. de Silva, PhD., Founding Director of the Institute for Strategic Studies and Democracy (ISSD) Malta, former combatant in Sri Lanka.

Yerevan, Armenia

By the Government of the Republic of Armenia

In April 2015, the Global Forum Against the Crime of Genocide was held in Yerevan. Participants of the Forum suggested that Armenia should institutionalize her input and contribution to the consolidation of the international efforts aimed at the prevention of genocides all over the world and organize this political and public event on a regular basis.

Towards this end, on April 23, 2016, Yerevan will host the Second Global Forum which will be titled Living Witnesses of Genocide. The event will bring together representatives of governments, parliaments, major international and human rights organizations, acclaimed experts of international law, representatives of the leading global mass media, and other stakeholders.

The Hague, the Netherlands

By the Hague Talks

2:30 - 4:00pm

On 20 April, the official day of 70th Anniversary of the UN International Court of Justice (ICJ), Vice-President Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf  (Somalia) of the ICJ will be marking this milestone by offering his thoughts on the future of the World Court. His personal Talk will be followed by a moderated Q&A session with our audience. A unique opportunity to break down barriers for a constructive dialogue.

For RSVP, please click here.

Ottawa, Canada

Organized By : Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies

Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies
All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Prevention of Genocide and other Crimes Against Humanity

4:00 - 6:00pm
House of Commons - 131 Queen Street, room 7-052, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Prevention of Genocide and other Crimes Against Humanity (GPG) and the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (MIGS) are holding a special hearing on the GAAMAC network and what role Canada can play in working with likeminded partners and institutions to prevent mass atrocity crimes..

The featured speakers will be:

  • Dr. Beat Nobs, Ambassador of Switzerland in Canada
  • Mr. Uriel Norman R. Garibay, Deputy Chief of Mission of the Philippines Embassy to Canada
  • Mr. Kyle Matthews, Senior Deputy Director of the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies.


UN Headquarters, New York

By the Philippine and Swiss Missions to the UN

On 15 April 2016, the Permanent Mission of the Philippines to the United Nations, together with Switzerland, will hold a debriefing session for interested Member States and NGOs on the outcomes of GAAMAC II. The session will take place on Friday, 15 April 2016 at 1:15pm in UN Headquarters, Conference Room 7.

The second international meeting of GAAMAC (GAAMAC II) took place in Manila from 2 to 4 February 2016 on the theme "Preventing atrocities: How to strengthen national atrocity prevention architectures." It brought together more than 200 individuals, including delegates from 52 states, 50 non-governmental organizations and 10 international bodies. Over the course of three fruitful days, GAAMAC II convened interested governments, regional organizations, NGOs, and relevant UN offices to discuss and identify the challenges of developing national architectures on atrocity prevention and to strengthen the capacities and strategies of states, international bodies and non-governmental organizations in this field.

The briefing will share the outcomes of GAAMAC II and the progress of GAAMAC as a state-led network that seeks to strengthen national capacities for the long-term prevention of atrocity crimes. The program will include:

  • H.E. Lourdes Yparraguirre, Permanent Representative of the Philippines to the United Nations
  • Mr. Serge Rumin on behalf of GAAMAC Chair, FDFA, Switzerland
  • Ms. Gillian Kitley, Senior Officer, Office of the Special Advisers on the Prevention of Genocide and on the Responsibility to Protect
  • Mr. Simon Adams, Executive Director, Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect
  • Minister Olivier Zehnder, Deputy Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the United Nations