28 Sep 2018
Eighth Annual Meeting of the Global Network of R2P Focal Points

The governments of Finland and Mexico, in collaboration with the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, co-hosted the eighth annual meeting of the Global Network of Responsibility to Protect (R2P) Focal Points in Helsinki, Finland, from 12 to 14 June. The meeting brought together senior government officials from 39 countries as well as representatives from the European Union, United Nations and civil society organizations.

During the meeting participants discussed the role of mediation in preventing and ending mass atrocity crimes as well as the success of the International Criminal Court and its influence on domestic jurisdictions. The eighth annual meeting provided R2P Focal Points with a platform to exchange ideas and experiences regarding the implementation of R2P. These discussions served to inform the development of a Manual for R2P Focal Points, which is currently in the process of being completed by the Global Centre.

The following summary provides an overview of the key messages delivered by expert panelists as well as the outcome of discussions amongst R2P Focal Points during the two-day meeting.