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.

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 a global network. Appointment of a national 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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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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Rwanda 20

Special Event:
On 7 April 2014 the international community commemorated the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide. Over the course of a 100 day period in 1994 at least 800,000 Rwandans were murdered in the fastest genocide of the 20th Century. To honor this tragedy, the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect calls upon the United Nations and its Member States to rededicate their commitment to ending the commission of mass atrocity crimes once and for all.
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UN Security Council Veto Restraint

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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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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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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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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