12 Aug 2009
Implementing the Responsibility to Protect The 2009 General Assembly Debate: An Assessment

In July 2009, for the first time since the adoption of the 2005 World Summit Outcome Document, the UN General Assembly continued its consideration of the responsibility to protect (R2P) and its implications. On 21 July 2009, the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon presented his report "Implementing the responsibility to protect" to the General Assembly. The President of the General Assembly then scheduled an "informal interactive dialogue" on 23 July, followed by a formal plenary debate on 23, 24 and 28 July.

In this report, the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect provides an overview of the proceedings.