Enhancing Capacity

Special Adviser on Prevention of Genocide visist memorial in Argentina. Photo OGPRtoP
Special Adviser on Prevention of Genocide visist memorial in Argentina. Photo OGPRtoP

The Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide is mandated to liaise with the United Nations system on activities for the prevention of genocide. He is also mandated to work to enhance the United Nations’ capacity to analyze and manage information regarding genocide or related crimes. The Special Adviser on the Responsibility to Protect, as part of mandated efforts to develop the conceptual, political and operational aspects of this principle, also works to build and strengthen the capacity of the United Nations to prevent and respond to these crimes. Together, they work to build the prevention, early warning and response capacity of Member States, regional and sub-regional organizations and civil society.

Meeting with religious leaders in Central African Republic. Photo OGPRtoP
Meeting with religious leaders in Central African Republic. Photo OGPRtoP

The Special Advisers’ Office undertakes this function in a tailored and context-specific way. This means that our capacity-building activities are tailored to suit specific contexts and participants, and to meet particular objectives. The Office also conducts general training seminars for United Nations staff, representatives of government and civil society to promote greater awareness of the causes and processes of atrocity crimes, and build capacities for prevention, early warning and the assessment and management of information. When there is a request for targeted technical assistance, the Office can design specific programs to respond to that request. The Office has in this way provided support for national or regional efforts to design mechanisms for the prevention of genocide and other atrocities, including early warning arrangements. The Office collaborates with other United Nations entities for the organisation of these activities, as well as with Member States and civil society organisations.

In line with their mandate to enhance capacity, the Special Advisers support national, regional and global networks of national focal points on genocide and atrocity prevention. At the global level, these networks include the Global Network of Responsibility to Protect Focal Points and the Global Action Against Mass Atrocity Crimes network. At the regional level, The Special Advisers support the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR)’s Regional and National Committees on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide, War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity and all forms of Discrimination, and the Latin American Network on Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention.

Check out some of the projects in which we are involved:

The Latin American Network for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention
ICGLR’s Regional and National Committees on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide, War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity and all forms of Discrimination
Lemkin Seminar – Global Edition