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Office of The Special Adviser on The Prevention of Genocide

The Mandate and Role of the Office

Mandate for the Prevention of Genocide

In a 2004 letter (S/2004/567) to the President of the Security Council, the Secretary-General listed the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide’s responsibilities as follows:

Mandate for the Responsibility to Protect

In a 2007 letter (S/2007/721) to the President of the Security Council and a 2010 report (A/64/864) on “Early Warning, Assessment and the Responsibility to Protect”, the Secretary-General recognized the need to further operationalize the Responsibility to Protect concept. In this context, the primary roles of the Special Adviser on the Responsibility to Protect is the conceptual, political and institutional development and further refinement of the Responsibility to Protect concept as well as consensus-building to assist the General Assembly to continue consideration of this issue.

Legal Frameworks

Video - Special Adviser Francis Deng

Former Special Adviser Francis Deng on the mandate to prevent genocide

In addition to the mandate, the legal framework for the work of the Office on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect is drawn from: