26 Feb 2016
Summary of the UN General Assembly Thematic Panel Discussion, "From Commitment to Implementation: Ten Years of the Responsibility to Protect," 26 February 2016
On 26 February 2016, the President of the UN General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Mogens Lykketoft, convened a Thematic Panel Discussion to mark the tenth anniversary of the adoption of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) at the 2005 World Summit. Mr. Lykketoft and the UN Deputy Secretary-General, H.E. Mr. Jan Eliasson, delivered opening remarks.
The distinguished panelists, all of whom have played a key role in the development and implementation of R2P over the past ten years, included: Professor the Hon. Gareth Evans, Co-Chair of the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty and of the Advisory Board of the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, Dr. Navi Pillay, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Dr. Edward C. Luck, former UN Secretary-General's Special Advisor on R2P and member of the Advisory Board of the Global Centre, and Dr. Jennifer Welsh, UN Secretary-General's Special Adviser on R2P. The UN Secretary-General's Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide, Mr. Adama Dieng, moderated the interactive discussion.
Over 100 member states attended the event to take stock of efforts to prevent genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity over the past ten years. The majority of statements emphasized the importance of prioritizing prevention by strengthening early warning systems and enhancing international coordination when responding to risks of potential mass atrocities. Among the attendees, 38 member states delivered statements while Rwanda spoke on behalf of the 50 members of the Group of Friends of R2P and the European Union spoke on behalf of its members as well as Turkey, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Albania and Georgia. Two civil society organizations also delivered statements: the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect and the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect.