The eighth report of the United Nations Secretary-General on the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) provides a vision for collective action to accelerate implementation of R2P amid an impending leadership change at the UN. The report is a follow-up to the 2015 report, which took stock of progress in implementing R2P ten years after its unanimous endorsement by all UN member states at the 2005 World Summit. The report surveys the challenging global context of mass atrocity prevention in 2016, marked by an unprecedented number of people displaced by conflict and persecution and a worrying global trend of some member states shirking their responsibilities under international law. The report assesses continued areas of debate surrounding R2P and provides recommendations on how member states and the UN system can best deliver on the collective commitment to protect populations from genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing. It is the last report on R2P by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who placed the advancement of R2P as a core priority of his tenure. The report was produced following inputs provided by member states, regional organizations and civil society.
The Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect would like to highlight the following key points from the report:
The full report is available for download below.