On 8 April Global Centre Executive Director Savita Pawnday participated in a panel discussion entitled “The Responsibility to Protect (R2P): Looking Back and Looking Ahead” convened by the Institute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention (I-GMAP) at Binghamton University. Ms. Pawnday’s remarks focused on the lessons learned over the last two decades, including the importance of national implementation of R2P as the strongest foundation for upholding R2P at the international level. Ms. Pawnday also discussed the lingering gaps in atrocity prevention, including states as the primary perpetrator of atrocities and the many global factors that act as threat multipliers.
Ms. Pawnday was joined by Dr. Karen Smith, the former UN Special Adviser on R2P; Ms. Kate Ferguson, co-Executive Director and Head of Research and Policy at Protection Approaches; Frank Osei, Charles E. Scheidt Resident Practitioner, I-GMAP and a Research Associate at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre; and Jeffrey Sizemore, Senior Advisor on Atrocity Prevention at Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor at the United States Department of State.
Watch a recording of the event here.