04 May 2016
UN Perspectives: The Future of Civilian Protection and the Responsibility to Protect

At a time of unprecedented humanitarian crisis, the United Nations is struggling to adequately protect civilians and uphold its Responsibility to Protect populations from mass atrocity crimes. Motivated by the need to address these challenges, the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sweden, hosted a workshop on the Future of Civilian Protection and the Responsibility to Protect.

The workshop brought together representatives from various UN departments, offices and specialized agencies, as well as non-governmental organizations. Participants identified best practices in the prevention of mass atrocity crimes and the protection of civilians based on experiences from UN Headquarters, Country Teams, Special Political Missions and Peacekeeping Operations.

This outcome document highlights enduring challenges identified during the workshop and provides concrete strategies to better translate early warning into early action and to meaningfully advance mass atrocity prevention within the UN system.