22 Oct 2013
"State Responsibility and Prevention": Summary of the Fifth Informal Interactive Dialogue of the UN General Assembly on the Responsibility to Protect

The fifth Informal Interactive Dialogue on the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) was held in the UN General Assembly on 11 September 2013. Sixty-nine member states, one regional organization and two civil society organizations delivered statements addressing the report of the UN Secretary-General on R2P, "State responsibility and prevention."

The fifth dialogue saw an increased level of representation from nearly all regions, with the vast majority of states reaffirming their commitment to protecting populations and preventing mass atrocity crimes. Twenty-three states addressed the institutionalization of prevention through the appointment of a national R2P Focal Point. The failure to halt the commission of mass atrocity crimes in Syria provoked states to address controversial issues, such as the use of the veto by the UN Security Council.