The Special Advisers work to alert relevant actors to the risk of genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity, enhance the capacity of the United Nations to prevent these crimes, including their incitement, and engage with Member States, regional and sub-regional arrangements, and civil society to develop more effective means of response when they do occur.

The Special Advisers, alone, cannot prevent these crimes. Therefore, they work in collaboration with a range of actors. They also provide support to strengthen their ability to prevent and respond to atrocity crimes, in particular Member States, the United Nations system, regional and sub-regional organizations and civil society. The Office’s partnerships are central to its execution of the mandates.

Among the different partners the Office works with, the following have a specific focus on issues related to atrocity prevention and the responsibility to protect: