UN Headquarters

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

The 2016 symposium will focus on the theme of religion, violence and extremism. Listen to and discuss the topic with esteemed religious leaders, UN officials, university professors, and representatives of faith-based and civil society organizations.

Speakers include, among others, Mr. Adama Dieng, UN Under-Secretary-General/Special Adviser for the Prevention of Genocide; Mr. Jehangir Khan, Director of the Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force Office for the UN Department of Political Affairs; Dr. Azza Karam, Senior Advisor on Culture at the United Nations Population Fund; Dr. John L. Esposito, Professor of Religion and International Affairs and of Islamic Studies, Georgetown University; Rabbi Jonah Pesner, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism; Dr. Clare Amos, Programme Executive for Inter-Religious Dialogue at the World Council of Churches; and Dr. Ganoune Diop, Permanent Representative to the United Nations for the General Conference of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church.

Organizers: General Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church; General Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists; World Council of Churches

Co-sponsors: United Nations Inter-Agency Task Force for Engagement with Faith-Based Organizations; The Permanent Mission of Finland to the United Nations; Committee of Religious NGOs at the UN; and Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers

Session One: 8:30am – 1:00pm
Session Two: 2:00pm - 6:00pm

New York, USA

By the President of the United Nations General Assembly, the Permanent Mission of Armenia to the United Nations, and the United Nations Office on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect

1:15pm to 2:45pm, Trusteeship Council - United Nations New York

On 11 September 2015, the General Assembly adopted unanimously resolution 69/323 in which it proclaimed 9 December as the International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime. The resolution encouraged all Member and observer States, all organizations of the United Nations system and other international and regional organizations and individuals to observe the International Day in order to raise awareness of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide and its role in combating and preventing the crime of genocide, as well as to commemorate and honor its victims. The 9 December also marks the day the Genocide Convention was adopted in 1948.

With the participation of:

  • Mogens Lykketoft, President of the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly 
  • Jan Elliasson, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations
  • Zohrab Mnatsakanyan, Permanent Representative of Armenia to the United Nations
  • Adama Dieng, Special Adviser of the Secretary General on the Prevention of Genocide
  • Pablo de Greiff, Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparations and guarantees of non-recurrence

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Organized By : International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect

By the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect and the Asia-Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect

7-9 December

ICRtoP and the Asia-Pacific Centre will be holding three civil society workshops in the Southeast Asian region. They will convene civil society representatives from Indonesia, Philippines, Myanmar, Thailand, Burma, Cambodia, and Malaysia in order to: 1) deepen support of and commitment to atrocities prevention in Southeast Asia; and 2) strengthen early warning and response capacities at the domestic and regional levels to prevent and respond to atrocities.

While great strides have been made over the past ten years since the adoption of the Responsibility to Protect, much work remains before the principle is put into practice, including in the Southeast Asian region where past atrocities and ongoing internal conflicts continue to challenge the protection of vulnerable populations. 

Participants will receive training on the UN Framework of Analysis on Atrocity Crimes and work towards the creation of “draft national action plans” for civil society to pursue on atrocity prevention.

The first workshop will be held in Bangkok, Thailand on 4-6 November 2015; the second in Jakarta, Indonesia on 9-11 November 2015; and the third in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 7-9 December 2015. For more information, contact

Los Angeles, CA

Organized By : Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide

The history of the Holocaust highlights the danger of propaganda and how societies can become vulnerable to extreme messages. This interactive one-day workshop will offer teachers unique strategies for helping students engage with historical propaganda and view messages they encounter today with a more critical eye.

For more information, please visit this page

New York City

Organized By : Alliance for Historical Dialogue and Accountability

3-5 December

The Historical Justice and Memory Network has announced its 2015 conference. The Network provides a platform for researchers and activists working on issues of historical dialogue, historical and transitional justice, and public and social memory.

The 2015 conference aims to explore issues relating to memory, victimhood and violence. Possible themes include the changing nature and identity of victims and the theme of contested victimization, with a particular interest in topics that explore the anniversaries of historical violence and the way such events are remembered. Abstract submission deadline is September 15, 2015.

For the full call for papers and instruction on how to apply, click here, or go to their website.