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The Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme, in partnership with
the United Nations Office on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect
is organizing a high-level discussion


“From Prevention to Protection: the UN Genocide Convention 65 Years On”

Monday, 9 December 2013
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
ECOSOC Chamber, Conference Building, UN Headquarters in New York

Registration for this event is now closed.

Dr. Raphael Lemkin, who coined the word "Genocide". UN Photo

The high-level event will mark the 65th anniversary of the United Nations Convention for the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide and bring together experts to examine the challenges of genocide prevention today.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will open the event. Speakers will include: Mr. Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal, Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, Mr. Adama Dieng, Special Adviser to the Secretary-Generalon the Prevention of Genocide; Mrs. Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court; Mr. Stuart E. Eizenstat, former Ambassador of the United States to the European Union (1993-1996); Mrs. María Cristina Perceval, Permanent Representative of Argentina to the United Nations; and Mr. Mustafa Haid, Founder and Executive Director of Dawlaty, a Beirut-based organization which encourages transitional justice in Syria. Following the opening remarks and statements by the speakers, Tunku Varadarajan, Research Fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution and a columnist with the Daily Beast, will engage audience in discussion.

Adopted on 9 December 1948 by the international community during the first session of the United Nations General Assembly, the Convention is largely an outcome of the world’s response to the crimes committed by the Nazis against Jews and other minority groups during the Second World War.

For more information, please contact:

Kimberly Mann, Manager, the Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme, at tel:  +1 212 963 6835, email:  mann@un.org, and Gillian Kitley, Senior Officer, Office of the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide at UN Department of Political Affairs, at tel: +1 212 963 3869, email: kitley@un.org