Mass Violence and Atrocities | Discussion Takeaways

UN-Civil Society Cooperation to Strengthen Accountability and Prevention Under the Responsibility to Protect

October 2017


How can we strengthen accountability and prevention of atrocities under the Responsibility to Protect (RtoP)? This question was explored at a breakfast meeting on September 7, 2017, which brought together representatives from 15 global civil society organizations and Dr. Ivan Šimonović, UN Special Adviser to the Secretary General on RtoP.

During the meeting, organized with the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect (ICRtoP) and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, roundtable members reflected on member state statements given during the UN Informal Interactive Dialogue on the Responsibility to Protect the previous day and discussed current challenges for accountability and prevention as they relate to ongoing and potential atrocities. From this discussion, civil society representatives provided concrete recommendations for the implementation of RtoP and atrocity prevention through UN mechanisms and throughout the international community.