13 Nov 2017
Ministerial Side-Events

Since its inception in 2008 the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect has co-hosted an annual Ministerial Meeting on R2P during the opening of the General Assembly session. The R2P Ministerial Meeting is co-hosted by different governmental partners each year in association with the Global Centre. Past co-hosts include the foreign ministers of Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Denmark, Ghana, Guatemala, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Rwanda and Timor–Leste.

The R2P Ministerial Meeting brings together a cross-regional group of states to discuss the way forward for R2P. The meeting is an opportunity for United Nations member states to affirm their commitment to R2P, as well as to discuss and debate issues pertaining to the prevention of mass atrocity crimes and the protection of populations at risk.

Over the years the R2P Ministerial Meeting has become an important annual event for governments who are committed to ending mass atrocity crimes. The meeting is also usually attended by the United Nations Secretary-General's Special Advisers on the Prevention of Genocide and the Responsibility to Protect, as well as by the Secretary-General or Deputy-Secretary-General.

Since 2015 the Global Centre has also co-hosted a number of other side-events during High-Level week connecting R2P to related initiatives. Such events have focused on the Security Council Code of Conduct and Veto Restraint in situations of mass atrocities, the role of religious leaders in the prevention of mass atrocity crimes, and the protection of cultural heritage.