High-level Thematic Panel Discussion on Ten Years of R2P

The President on R2P

High-level Thematic Panel Discussion

From Commitment to Implementation: Ten Years of the Responsibility to Protect

26 February 2016


On 26 February, the President of the General Assembly, Mogens Lykketoft, will convene a Thematic Panel Discussion to mark the 10th anniversary of Responsibility to Protect.

The adoption of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) at the 2005 United Nations World Summit represented a historic commitment by the international community to prevent genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity.

Bringing together leaders and eminent experts involved in the creation, development, and implementation of R2P, this event will provide an opportunity to chart the course for the second decade of R2P and to consider how it can best contribute to future efforts to protect populations from mass atrocities and will also include an interactive segment for Member States and civil society to contribute to the discussion. Panelists will reflect on the progress made to date, current and emerging challenges, and opportunities to accelerate implementation.

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10:00 am – 10:30 am

Opening Session


H.E. Mr. Mogens Lykketoft, President of the United Nations General Assembly
H.E. Mr. Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations

10:30 am –  11:15 am

Interactive Panel Discussion


Mr. Adama Dieng, United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Adviser for the Prevention of Genocide


Mr. Gareth Evans, Co-Chair of the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty
Ms. Navi Pillay, former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
Ms. Jennifer Welsh, United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on the Responsibility to Protect
Mr. Edward C. Luck, former United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on the Responsibility to Protect.

11:15 am – 12: 55 pm 

Q&A/Comments from the floor

12:55 pm-  1:00 pm