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Responsibility to Protect (R2P): Discussions in Geneva

The Geneva Core Group on Responsibilty to Protect (R2P) – with Australia, Ghana, Hungary, Nigeria, Rwanda and Uruguay as members – today organized a High-Level Event to mark the 10th Anniversary of the adoption by the General Assembly of the principle of Responsibility to Protect.

The Danish ambassador, Carsten Staur, participated in the discussion – his short intervention is here.


10th Anniversary of the R2P, 17 November 2015, 11:00 am, PdN Room XX

Intervention by Denmark

• First of all, let me join others in thanking the organizers for putting together this very timely and relevant discussion

• I want to especially salute the leadership of our friends from Australia, Ghana, Hungary, Nigeria, Rwanda and Uruguay from the Core Group on R2P – this is much appreciated and we look forward to continuing our close cooperation with you, including as part of a broader friends-group mirroring the one we have in NY.

• Denmark agrees that R2P as a norm of prevention belongs as much to Geneva as it belongs to New York

• It is here in Geneva that we discuss deteriorating human rights situation, it is here we create UN mandates to monitor and investigate human rights violations and it is here we share our experiences with promoting and protecting human rights. All elements essential to the prevention of mass atrocities as part of R2P’s pillars 1 and 2

• I would like to ask a question to Special Adviser Welsh: your Office developed in November 2014 a framework to identify risk factors that can help in the prevention of mass atrocity crimes and you also refer to human rights violations in this regard; we think this framework is a very helpful tool – but it of course only is a first step – the proof will be how it is used in practice

• How do you use the Framework in your own work in your Office? Are there lessons you can share with Member States on how we can improve our work on identifying risk factors? I think, given our agreement that prevention is at the heart of our work and of R2P, a future briefing here in Geneva on your Framework and its application in practice could indeed be very useful.

• I thank you.