25 Sep 2008
1st Annual Ministerial Meeting, 25 September 2008
On 25 September 2008, the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect held its first annual Ministerial Meeting on R2P in association with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, H.E. Mr. Maxime Verhagen. This annual Ministerial Meeting was attended by six Foreign Ministers and representatives of three governments from Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America.
The discussion addressed the topic of "Uniting to Support R2P: Preserving the Spirit of the 2005 Agreement." The vigorous discussion focused on the core principles of R2P, their application to current situations, and on the need for coordinated action to preserve and advance them. The discussion took stock of how the principle has been used, touched on concerns regarding its implementation, made recommendations for its advancement and issued warnings about the ways it is being frustrated.