25 Sep 2009
2nd Annual Ministerial Meeting, 25 September 2009
On 25 September 2009, the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect held its second annual Ministerial Meeting on R2P. This annual Ministerial Meeting was attended by nine Foreign Ministers and representatives of ten governments from Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America. The Global Centre co-hosted the Ministerial Meeting with the Foreign Ministers of Australia, the Netherlands, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste.
The discussion addressed the topic of "The Responsibility to Protect – the next five years: agreeing on the road map." In opening their remarks, all participants agreed that there had been significant progress on the responsibility to protect in the past twelve months, most notably in the very widespread support for the Secretary General's report in the July 2009 General Assembly debate, and the adoption by consensus of the first resolution on R2P since the 2005 summit. This offered a solid footing for the essential – and overdue – step to implement the 2005 commitment.