About the appeal

The Convention for the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (Genocide Convention) will mark its 70th Anniversary on 9 December 2018. The United Nations Secretary-General and the Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide have launched an appeal for the universal ratification of the Convention. The appeal aims to galvanize support and encourage States that are not yet party to the Genocide Convention to ratify or accede to it ahead of the 70th anniversary of its adoption. Currently, 149 States have ratified the Genocide Convention. Other 45 United Nations Member States have yet to do so. From those, 20 are from Africa, 18 from Asia and 7 from America. For more information, check the fact-sheet about the appeal.

The Genocide Convention: a call for action

70 years of the Genocide Convention Universal Ratification 2018

What can be done to support the appeal?


  • For States that are not party to the Genocide Convention, take steps to ratify or accede to it;
  • For States that have ratified the Convention, ensure that the provisions of the Convention are domesticated as part of national legislation and that relevant policies and structures are developed for its implementation;
  • Encourage other Member States at the United Nations, through human rights mechanisms such as the Universal Periodic Review of the Human Rights Council, regional organisations and other inter-governmental cooperation, to ratify the Convention.


  • Raise awareness and disseminate information about the appeal, the Genocide Convention and the importance of its ratification;
  • Advocate with States at the national, regional and international level to take steps to ratify the Convention;
  • Advocate with States that have ratified the Convention to domesticate and implement it, including through developing mechanisms and structures for the prevention of genocide.
  • Use relevant human rights mechanisms, such as the Universal Periodic Review mechanism, to encourage States to ratify the Convention and to develop policies and structures to prevent genocide.

Watch the event where the appeal was launched

Status of ratification of the Genocide Convention