Our Work

The Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect has established itself as the leading authority on the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) and since its inception in 2008 has led efforts to broaden and deepen global support for the norm.

Through timely and authoritative publications like the R2P Monitor, strategic policy initiatives such as the Global Network of R2P Focal Points, and advocacy with the UN and its member states in New York and Geneva, the Global Centre advances the implementation of R2P.

Advocacy at the United Nations
Building support amongst policy makers lies at the core of the Global Centre efforts. Central to that work is engagement with United Nations member states through their missions in New York and Geneva, as well as with the United Nations system more broadly.
Global Network of R2P Focal Points
Launched in 2010, the Global Network of R2P Focal Points is comprised of governments and regional organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to upholding the Responsibility to Protect by appointing a senior level official responsible for the promotion of atrocity prevention within their national system.
“The Global Centre is an indispensable resource for promoting R2P and mass atrocity prevention.”
Dr. Jennifer Welsh
Former UN Special Adviser on the Responsibility to Protect
Podcast: Expert Voices on Atrocity Prevention
Expert Voices on Atrocity Prevention is a podcast by the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect. The podcast features one-on-one conversations with practitioners from the field of human rights, conflict prevention, atrocity prevention and other related agendas. These conversations aim to provide a glimpse of the personal and professional side of how practitioners approach human rights protection and atrocity prevention.
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Events and Global Engagement
The Global Centre has identified working with emerging powers and regional bodies as an essential part of clarifying, institutionalizing and advancing R2P. Engagement with states through regional forums is an important part of bridging the knowledge gap between the UN and national capitals with regard to R2P.
Improving Peacekeeping and Civilian Protection
Peacekeepers are increasingly asked to deploy to operating environments where the risk factors for mass atrocity crimes. The Global Centre has undertaken a number of initiatives to understand gaps that lead to failure in effectively protecting populations from mass atrocity crimes during peace operations and to strengthen the capacity of peacekeeping personnel to prevent such crimes.
Protecting Cultural Heritage
Culture is an intrinsic part of what constitutes group identity. An attack on cultural heritage can consequently be an attack on a national, ethnic, racial or religious group’s right to exist. The Global Centre works to ensure that governments implement policies to protect cultural heritage while upholding their responsibility to prevent mass atrocity crimes.


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Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect

Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies
The Graduate Center, CUNY
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New York, NY 10016-4309, USA

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