16 Dec 2009
Facts about the 2009 General Assembly debate on the Responsibility to Protect

The General Assembly of the United Nations debated the Responsibility to Protect over 3 days in July 2009. On 21 July Secretary General Ban Ki-moon presented his report Implementing the Responsibility to Protect; on 23 July an informal interactive dialogue took place, followed by a plenary debate on 23, 24 and 28 July. A total of 94 member states and two observer missions took the floor and 86 others chose to be represented by some of those speaking. Only 12 of the 192 United Nations member states were not part of the debate.