The Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect engages with individual states, regional bodies, UN officials, civil society, academics and students as an essential part of clarifying, institutionalizing and advancing R2P.
As an active a member of a number of global networks on the prevention of mass atrocities, including the Global Action Against Mass Atrocity Crimes and the Asia Pacific Partnership for Atrocity Prevention, as well as the Secretariat of the Group of Friends of R2P in New York and Geneva, of the Global Network of R2P Focal Points, of the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect and of the NGO Working Group on the Security Council, the Global Centre is an important hub for communities of commitment to share ideas on the advancement of R2P.
The Global Centre facilitates in-person and virtual policy discussions in NY, Geneva and capitals aimed at identifying strategies for strengthening international understanding of R2P and ensuring its effective implementation. In recent years Global Centre events have highlighted the connection between R2P and Peacekeeping, Human Rights, International Justice, the destruction of cultural heritage, and the Women, Peace and Security agenda, as well as various country situations. Global Centre policy forums on R2P and cross-cutting issue areas serve as an important part of bridging the knowledge gap on the implementation of R2P nationally, regionally and internationally and strengthening international capacity to prevent and halt mass atrocity crimes. The Global Centre has also hosted events around the world aimed at increasing South-South cooperation on implementation of R2P.
In addition to these thematic events, since its inception in 2008 the Global Centre has hosted 13 annual ministerial meetings on the Responsibility to Protect during the opening of the UN General Assembly each September.
Through the Evans-Sahnoun Lecture Series the Global Centre also brings eminent public figures to share their experiences in the field of mass atrocity prevention, international diplomacy, justice and human rights. The Evans-Sahnoun Lecture was initiated by the Global Centre to honor the contributions made by Australia’s former foreign minister, The Hon. Gareth Evans, and renowned Algerian diplomat, Mohamed Sahnoun, to the development of R2P. Past speakers include UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict Pramila Patten, former ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, former Deputy UN Secretary-General Jan Eliasson, former President of Timor Leste Jose Ramos Horta, Lt. Gen. Romeo Dallaire and others.
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