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The responsibility to protect and accountability for prevention
6 September 2017 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Informal interactive dialogue on the Report of the Secretary-General on the Responsibility to Protect: The responsibility to protect and accountability for prevention
On 6 September 2017, the President of the UN General Assembly, H.E. Peter Thomson, will convene an informal interactive dialogue on the Responsibility to Protect.
Since 2009, the Secretary-General has prepared annual reports on different aspects of the responsibility to protect. This year, the General Assembly will consider the first report of the current Secretary-General on the responsibility to protect, which is the ninth
report on this topic overall. The advance unedited version of the report (A/71/1016 -S/2017/556), entitled “The responsibility to protect and accountability for prevention,” has been circulated to Member States and it reflects on key elements of legal, political and moral accountability for implementation in each of the three pillars of the responsibility to protect.
The meeting offers an opportunity to engage in constructive discussions about the principle of the Responsibility to Protect, and to consider the recommendations embodied in the 2017 Report of the Secretary-General on the Responsibility to Protect.
The informal, interactive dialogue consists of an opening segment with remarks from the President of the General Assembly and the Secretary-General. It will be followed by an interactive panel on the theme of the report from the perspective of the three pillars of the United Nations.
- Provide a forum for Member States to assess the existing gap between commitment to the responsibility to protect and implementation of the principle, as well as to discuss measures conducive to close it.
- Constitute an opportunity to exchange views and perspectives on accountability in relation to implementation of each of the three pillars.
- Suggest next steps to accelerate implementation and accountability for prevention.
- Help underscore the need for a renewed faith in collective action and an improved capacity to coordinate an effective atrocity prevention collective agenda.
There will be an established list of speakers. Delegations wishing to speak are kindly requested to register through the General Assembly Affairs Branch (Mr. Carlos Galindo, e -mail galindo[at]un.org, with copy to e-mail gaspeakerslist[at]un.org). Interpretation has not been confirmed for this meeting and will be provided on an “as available” basis.
Speakers are requested to limit their statements or interventions to a maximum of three minutes.