The Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect (APR2P) is dedicated to advancing the responsibility to protect principle through research and policy dialogue. At the largest ever gathering of heads of state and government at the 2005 World Summit, world leaders endorsed the responsibility to protect, a framework for preventing and responding to genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity. The Asia Pacific Centre, a partnership between the Australian Government's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the University of Queensland, was launched in February 2008 by Former Foreign Minister of Canada, Lloyd Axworthy and former Special Advisor to the Secretary General on R2P, Dr Edward Luck. The Centre has helped achieve significant progress in developing the region’s normative consensus on R2P and in building partnerships and communities of practice across the region. Today, the Centre works with partners in almost every corner of the region, stretching from Myanmar to Japan, promoting R2P and facilitating national action to prevent atrocities.