Our Work

The Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect has established itself as the leading authority on the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) and since its inception in 2008 has led efforts to broaden and deepen global support for the norm.

Through timely and authoritative publications like the R2P Monitor and strategic policy initiatives such as the R2P Focal Points Network, annual Ministerial meetings and policy forums on R2P with regional organizations and regional powers, the Global Centre advances the implementation of R2P.

Global Network of R2P Focal Points

Third Annual Meeting of the Global Network of R2P Focal Points, held in Accra, Ghana in June 2013.
An important step that governments can take to improve intra-governmental and inter-governmental efforts to prevent and halt mass atrocities is the appointment of a national R2P Focal Point. This senior level official is responsible for the promotion of R2P at the national level and will support international cooperation by participating in the Global Network of R2P Focal Points. Appointment of an R2P Focal Point is a step that can be implemented by governments with differing levels of capacity in mass atrocity prevention to demonstrate their commitment to R2P.
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Annual R2P Ministerial Meeting

The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, delivers a statement at the 2011 Ministerial Meeting
Since its inception in 2008 the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect has co-hosted an annual Ministerial Meeting on R2P during the opening of the General Assembly session. The R2P Ministerial Meeting is co-hosted by different governmental partners each year in association with the Global Centre. Past co-hosts include the foreign ministers of Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Denmark, Ghana, Guatemala, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Rwanda and Timor–Leste.
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R2P Monitor

The Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect launched the R2P Monitor on 10 January 2012. The R2P Monitor is a bimonthly publication applying an R2P lens to situations where populations are at risk of, or are currently facing, mass atrocity crimes.
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United Nations Advocacy

Informal Interactive Dialogue on the Report of the Secretary-General:
Building support amongst policy makers for the Responsibility to Protect and its implementation lies at the core of the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect's advocacy efforts. Central to that work is engagement with United Nations member states through their missions in New York, their missions in Geneva and their governments in capital, as well as with the United Nations system more broadly.
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UN Security Council Code of Conduct

There have been increasing calls by UN member states and civil society for voluntary restraint on the use of the veto by the Permanent Members of the Security Council, known as the "P5," in mass atrocity situations.
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Ten Years of R2P

In September 2015 the United Nations commemorated the tenth anniversary of the global agreement forged by all Member States on the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) populations from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity.

The tenth anniversary of R2P is an important opportunity to take stock of national, regional and international efforts to prevent genocide and mass atrocity crimes and set out an ambitious vision for the decade ahead. It is also a moment to redouble collective efforts to prevent and protect civilians from these crimes, particularly given the ongoing situations in Syria, Iraq, Central African Republic, Sudan and South Sudan, among others.
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Geneva and the Human Rights Council

Photo credit: UN Office in Geneva Twitter (@UNGeneva)
In 2015 the Global Centre opened a second office in Geneva, launching its efforts at advancing the institutionalization of R2P within the UN in Geneva, particularly at the Human Rights Council. In doing so, the Global Centre seeks to encourage and advance the consistent implementation and operationalization of R2P across the entire UN system.
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Peacekeeping and the Kigali Principles

A United Nations peacekeeper writes notes at a mass grave in Gatumba, Burundi, August 16, 2004. More than 160 Tutsi refugees hacked, shot and burned to death in a massacre, which the Hutu Forces for National Liberation (FNL), took responsibility for, were buried on Monday.
Kigali Principles Graphic
Peacekeepers are increasingly called upon to uphold the international community's Responsibility to Protect civilians from mass atrocity crimes, namely genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity. Ten out of sixteen current United Nations Security Council-authorized missions, constituting 97 percent of peacekeepers, have the protection of civilians at the core of their mandate. Despite the evolution of UN peacekeeping doctrine, the international community often continues to fall short in its efforts to prevent conflicts and atrocities, respond to early warning signs, and adequately protect vulnerable civilians.
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Policy Forums

ECOWAS Group Photo
The Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect has identified working with emerging powers and regional bodies as an essential part of clarifying, institutionalizing and advancing R2P. The Global Centre believes that engagement with United Nations member states through regional forums is an important part of bridging the knowledge gap between the United Nations and national capitals with regard to deepening understanding of R2P. By building regional support on all continents we aim to strengthen international capacity to prevent and halt mass atrocity crimes.
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