On 11-12 June 2013 in Accra, Ghana, the governments of Denmark and Ghana, in association with the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect and the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre, co- hosted the third annual meeting of the Global Network of R2P Focal Points. This was the first meeting of the Global Network to be held outside New York. The location proved instrumental in securing strong regional participation. Senior representatives of more than 35 countries and 3 regional organizations attended the meeting. In addition, the UN Office of the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide and former Special Adviser on the Responsibility to Protect, Professor Edward C. Luck, were also in attendance.
Specific topics explored during the meeting in Accra include the relationship between R2P and capacity building, human rights and training of military and police forces. As on previous occasions, participants agreed that each state has to identify their own R2P needs and design an appropriate country-specific strategy. This document provides a summary of key issues discussed in Accra and recommendations on how to further strengthen the role of R2P Focal Points, their Global Network and relevant regional organizations in preventing mass atrocities.
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