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26 Feb 2016
Summary of the UN General Assembly Thematic Panel Discussion, "From Commitment to Implementation: Ten Years of the Responsibility to Protect," 26 February 2016

On 26 February 2016, the President of the UN General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Mogens Lykketoft, convened a Thematic Panel Discussion to mark the tenth anniversary of the adoption of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) at the 2005 World Summit. Mr. Lykketoft and the UN Deputy Secretary-General, H.E. Mr. Jan Eliasson, delivered opening remarks.

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The distinguished panelists, all of whom have played a key role in the development and implementation of R2P over the past ten years, included: Professor the Hon. Gareth Evans, Co-Chair of the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty and of the Advisory Board of the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, Dr. Navi Pillay, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Dr. Edward C. Luck, former UN Secretary-General's Special Adviser on R2P and member of the Advisory Board of the Global Centre, and Dr. Jennifer Welsh, UN Secretary-General's Special Adviser on R2P. The UN Secretary-General's Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Mr. Adama Dieng, moderated the interactive discussion.

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Over 100 member states attended the event to take stock of efforts to prevent genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity over the past ten years. The majority of statements emphasized the importance of prioritizing prevention by strengthening early warning systems and enhancing international coordination when responding to risks of potential mass atrocities. Among the attendees, 38 member states delivered statements while Rwanda spoke on behalf of the 50 members of the Group of Friends of R2P and the European Union spoke on behalf of its members as well as Turkey, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Albania and Georgia. Two civil society organizations also delivered statements: the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect and the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect.

Speakers (Linked Below)

Panelists and Open Remarks


1. President of the General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Mogens Lykketoft



2. UN Deputy Secretary-General, H.E. Mr. Jan Eliasson



3. Professor the Hon. Gareth Evans, Co-Chair of the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty
4. Dr. Navi Pillay, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
5. Dr. Edward C. Luck, former UN Secretary-General's Special Adviser on R2P
6. Dr. Jennifer Welsh, UN Secretary-General's Special Adviser on R2P

Moderator, Mr. Adama Dieng, UN Secretary-General's Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide

States
1. European Union on behalf of EU member states, Turkey, former-Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Albania and Georgia.
2. Group of Friends of the Responsibility to Protect, representing 50 states
3. Rwanda
4. Sudan
5. Kyrgyzstan
6. Mexico
7. Russian Federation
8. Slovenia
9. United Kingdom
10. Romania
11. Cuba
12. Tanzania
13. China
14. Denmark on behalf of Nordic countries: Finland, Sweden, Iceland and Norway.
15. Brazil
16. Armenia
17. Ghana
18. Australia
19. Philippines
20. Switzerland
21. Nicaragua
22. Canada
23. Morocco
24. Nigeria
25. Spain
26. Burundi
27. Costa Rica
28. Belgium
29. Georgia
30. Belarus
31. Syria
32. Argentina
33. Egypt
34. Venezuela
35. Turkey
36. India
37. Iran
38. Japan
39. Ecuador (Statement distributed, but country did not speak)

UN Offices
1, UNDOC

Civil Society
1. Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect
2. International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect

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Full Meeting, Part I


Full Meeting, Part II