On 25 September 2014 the Global Centre held its seventh Ministerial Meeting on R2P during the opening of the 69th UN General Assembly session. The meeting was co-hosted by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, H.E. Mr. Frans Timmermans, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration of Ghana, H.E. Ms. Hanna Tetteh. The UN Deputy Secretary-General, Mr. Jan Eliasson, High Commissioner for Human Rights, H.E. Mr. Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Mr. Adama Dieng, and Special Adviser on the Responsibility to Protect, Dr. Jennifer Welsh, actively participated in the meeting, which was attended by eight Foreign Ministers and more than twenty observers from other countries.
This year's Ministerial Meeting discussed the relationship between R2P and human rights. During the interactive discussion, the Ministers and UN officials touched upon how strengthening national human rights mechanisms can help a government uphold its commitment to R2P, how the UN's Rights Up Front Action Plan can improve system-wide responses to human rights situations where mass atrocities may occur, and how states can utilize the resources of the Human Rights Council, including the Universal Period Review process, to prevent mass atrocities.
The seventh Ministerial Meeting marked the first time this event was held without the use of Chatham House Rule. This promoted a more interactive discussion among the participating Ministers and resulted in strong social media coverage and response to the event.