30 Sep 2015
Ministerial Side-Event: Regulating the veto in the face of mass atrocities, 2015

On 30 September 2015 the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development of France, H.E. Mr. Laurent Fabius, and the Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Mexico, H.E. Ms. Claudia Ruiz Massieu, co-convened a Ministerial-level side event on the margins of the opening of the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly, entitled "Regulating the veto in the face of mass atrocities." The event aimed to help inform member States and civil society of the progress of the France/Mexico joint initiative on the veto and to seek their observations, opinions and support.

In addition to the two co-conveners, the panelists included H.E. Mr. Sidiki Kaba, Minister of Justice of Senegal and President of the General Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, and Dr. Kenneth Roth, Executive Director of Human Rights Watch. Dr. Roth spoke on behalf of a coalition of NGOs working to advance the restraint of the veto in situations of mass atrocities, including Human Rights Watch, the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, Amnesty International, the International Federation for Human Rights and the World Federalist Movement. A joint statement released by these five organizations was also circulated during the meeting. After opening of the meeting by the panelists, a total of 10 member States delivered statements (Czech Republic, France, Guatemala, Indonesia, Liechtenstein, Mexico, The Netherlands, Senegal, Spain, Tunisia).

Watch the 2015 side event below: