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18 Oct 2012
UN General Assembly Informal Interactive Dialogue on "Early Warning, Assessment and the Responsibility to Protect", 2010

On 9 August 2010, at the request of the president of the General Assembly, UN member states participated in an informal interactive dialogue on the subject of early warning, assessment and the Responsibility to Protect. The dialogue was informed by a July 2010 Report of the Secretary-General on the same theme.

Interventions were delivered by 42 member states, two regional organizations, and two civil society representatives, as well as five panelists who included the Secretary-General's Special Advisers on the Prevention of Genocide and on the Responsibility to Protect. The discussion had a resoundingly positive tone, with virtually all of those that spoke stressing a need to prevent atrocities and agreeing that effective early warning is a necessary condition for effective prevention and early action. More than half the delegations welcomed the Secretary-General's report and endorsed ongoing changes to enhance the UN Secretariat's early warning capacity. A small number of member states expressed objections– namely, Nicaragua, Iran, Pakistan, Sudan and Venezuela. Even so, constructive interventions from some member states, who were previously skeptical about R2P – India, Cuba, and Egypt – suggested that consensus on R2P within the membership is deepening.

As with the 2009 debate on implementing R2P, the 2010 dialogue on early warning and assessment brought to light the burgeoning support among member states to prevent and halt mass atrocity crimes. The discussion of the challenges underlying early warning and assessment was a significant step toward making R2P a working reality.

Official Statements

Member States
Argentina
Armenia
Australia
Bangladesh
Benin
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Botswana
Brazil
Canada
Chile
China
Costa Rica
Cuba
Czech Republic
Egypt
El Salvador
France
Georgia
Germany
Ghana
Guatemala (EspaƱol)
India
Iran, Islamic Republic of
Italy
Korea, Republic of
Lebanon
Mexico
Nepal
Netherlands
Nicaragua
Nigeria
Pakistan
Peru
Senegal
Solomon Islands
Sudan
Switzerland
Tanzania
United States
United Kingdom
Uruguay
Venezuela

Regional Organizations
African Union (observer)
European Union

International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect