On 22 June 2020 the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) adopted Resolution 43/29 on the Prevention of Genocide. Recalling the 15th anniversary of the adoption of the 2005 World Summit Outcome, the HRC underlined the important role of the UN human rights system to contributing to a better understanding and early warning of complex situations that might lead to genocide. The HRC urged all states to implement universal periodic review recommendations relating to the prevention of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. The HRC encouraged the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide and the High Commissioner for Human Rights to further enhance the systematic exchange of information between their offices. The HRC requested the High Commissioner to convene, before the 46th session of the HRC, a one-day intersessional meeting on cooperation in strengthening capacities for the prevention of genocide. The HRC also requested the High Commissioner to prepare a summary report on the intersessional meeting and to submit it to the HRC at its 47th session. The HRC further invited the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide to an interactive dialogue with the HRC at its 47th session. The resolution reiterated “the responsibility of each individual State to protect its population from genocide, which entails the prevention of such a crime, including incitement to it, through appropriate and necessary means.”
The resolution was adopted without a vote.