The Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect saves lives by mobilizing the international community to act in situations where populations are at risk of mass atrocity crimes.
We exist to uphold the norm of the Responsibility to Protect – known as R2P – adopted by the UN in 2005. This principle seeks to ensure that the international community never again fails to halt the mass atrocity crimes of genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity.
To make the promise of R2P a reality, the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect (GCR2P) was established in 2008 by supportive governments, leading figures from the human rights field (including former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, former Australian Foreign Minister Gareth Evans and former President of Ireland and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson), as well as five of the world’s leading international non-governmental organizations (Human Rights Watch, International Crisis Group, Oxfam International, Refugees International and the World Federalist Movement).
The Global Centre engages in advocacy around specific crises, conducts research designed to further understanding of R2P, recommends strategies to help states build capacity, and works closely with NGOs, governments and regional bodies which are seeking to operationalize the Responsibility to Protect. The Global Centre has offices in New York and Geneva.
To advance the international commitment to R2P, the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect focuses on three main areas:
In-depth research and analysis for policymakers. Focusing on real world case studies and “lessons learned,” the Global Centre is the leading international authority on applying the R2P lens to crisis situations.
Influencing decision-makers to act to prevent mass atrocity crimes. The Global Centre works closely with governments, regional organizations, the UN Security Council and the UN Secretariat. It provides policymakers with advice and helps mobilize meaningful action.
Building dedicated institutions and capacities at the national, regional and international level to effectively respond to the threat of mass atrocity crimes. The Global Centre focuses on long-term solutions to prevent mass atrocity crimes and protect human rights. The Global Centre is assisting states in building a “community of commitment” against mass atrocities.
The distinguished International Advisory Board provides advice on strategy, policy and management. Its members include policymakers, diplomats and academics - many of whom played pivotal roles in the creation of R2P - as well as leaders from the international human rights community.
During 2008 a number of leading diplomats within the field of human rights, civilian protection and mass atrocity prevention supported and faciltated the creation of the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect. Many of these individuals served on the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty, which created the principle of the responsibility to protect. The Global Centre is indebted to their support and wisdom in the early stages of our organization.
Since 2007, the Global Centre has received generous financial support from various parties. To donate and help support the work of the Global Centre please contact Savita Pawnday.
The Global Centre seeks dedicated individuals who share our commitment to preventing mass atrocity crimes. To learn about current opportunities to work with the Global Centre, please see the links below:
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