Organized By : Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect

In the framework of the UN Charter, the General Assembly has the primary responsibility to promote and protect human rights. Where human rights violations are so widespread and systematic that they threaten international peace and security, responsibility falls to the Security Council. In many of today’s most serious human rights crises, however, a unified response from the Council has been challenging, bringing greater importance to the critical role the General Assembly can play in the prevention of and response to atrocity crimes.

"The Powers of the UN General Assembly to Prevent and Respond to Atrocity Crimes: A Guidance Document" provides a resource for member states, outlining a number of practical ways the General Assembly can act upon its powers to more robustly respond to atrocities.

The permanent missions of Australia and Croatia to the United Nations, together with the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect and the Asia-Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, will co-host a virtual launch event on Thursday, 3 June, to share insights from this new report.

3 June 2021 | 09:30 am ET



Organized By : European Centre for the Responsibility to Protect (ECR2P)

In 2001, the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty published its report on ‘The Responsibility to Protect’, paving the way for the idea to be adopted by the international community at the 2005 World Summit. For 20 years, the concept of the Responsibility to Protect has developed form its initial idea, faced the inaction of States and the United Nations Security Council, but has also seen progress in its implementation by ‘R2P Focal Points’ and in the UN General Assembly.

The call for papers has now closed with further details of registration for the conference which will be held online are TBC

1st-2nd June 2021



Organized By : Peace Direct

From May 25-26, the Alliance for PeacebuildingCDA Collaborative Learning, and Peace Direct will invite local activists, changemakers, organizers, healers, and peacebuilders to a two-day conversation on the ‘Closing Civic Space.’   

The term civil society refers to a diverse group of organisations, including faith-based groups, cultural organisations, and advocacy groups. It is a vital component of ensuring lasting peace and democracy; one that is currently under threat.   

Amidst the current global COVID-19 pandemic, growing scrutiny of systemic injustices and rising violence and polarisation, civil society organisations are facing increasing strain as they continue to serve their communities around the world.  

This multitude of challenges disproportionately affects fragile and conflict-affected communities. It has become increasingly clear there is a need to engage with the wider peacebuilding community on these challenges, and find appropriate solutions.  

We invite local activists, changemakers, organizers, healers, and peacebuilders to a two-day conversation from May 25-26, 2021 on the issue of ‘Closing Civic Space.’  

Apply now to join the discussion


Organized By : Impunity Watch

On 25 May 2021, five Syrian victims and survivors-led organisations: Association of Detainees and Missing Persons in Sednaya Prison; Caesar Families Association; Coalition of Families of Persons Kidnapped by ISIS (Massar); Families for Freedom; and Ta’afi Initiative will brief the public on a recent study conducted by Professor Jeremy Sarkin, former chair of the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID), to address the detainees and disappeared crisis in Syria.

The study launch will take place at 4 pm CET on Tuesday 25 May via the Zoom online meeting platform and will last for 90 minutes. Simultaneous interpretation will be provided between Arabic and English. The event will be also mainstreamed live on Facebook.

More information and registration

The launch of the study will feature representatives from the five victims associations and Professor Jeremy Sarkin.nRepresentatives of Three Syrian victims and survivors-led organisations will brief the audience on the study and sharentheir demands.

Presentations by:
- Professor Jeremy Sarkin, former chair of the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID)
- Ahmad Helmi, Ta'afi Initiative
- Yasmen Almashan, Caesar Families
- Amnah Kholani, Families for Freedom

**Cover Photo Credits ® Najah al-Bukai**


Organized By : Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies

This event brings together experts to discuss, reflect, and review current thinking on atrocity prevention approaches. Furthermore, the panelists will explore ways to strengthen global action, spur new collaborations, improve our understanding and complement ongoing global efforts on addressing atrocity prevention.

Thu, May 13, 2021 |11 am ET - 5 PM CEST


  • Alice Nderitu, UN Secretary General's Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide
  • Lt-General Roméo Dallaire, former Canadian Senator, MIGS Distinguished Senior Fellow.
  • David Donat Cattin, Secretary-General, Parliamentarians for Global Action
  • Kyle Matthews, Executive Director of the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (moderator)