Fifteen years ago the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) populations from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity was unanimously adopted at the 2005 United Nations World Summit, the largest gathering of Heads of State and Government in history.
The 15th anniversary year presents the international community with a significant opportunity to deepen global commitment to the Responsibility to Protect. By using the 15th anniversary as a moment to assess ongoing efforts to prevent atrocity crimes and to set an ambitious vision grounded in practical steps, the international community can ensure the consistent implementation of R2P in the years ahead. This year is also a moment to intensify collective efforts to protect civilians from mass atrocity crimes, to hold accountable perpetrators of past crimes, and to prevent risks from escalating wherever and whenever we witness rising hate speech, xenophobia and systematic violations of human rights.
On the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the adoption of R2P, the Global Centre is calling upon all UN member states to embrace the following five policy actions this year:
There have been many positive developments since the global commitment to R2P was originally forged, however much work remains to be done to translate this principle into consistent practice. The 15th anniversary is a historic opportunity to make the promise of R2P a reality, and the Global Centre is committed to achieving this objective.
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