Responses to the 2015 R2P Report of the Secretary General
Download the September Spotlight on R2P for a full report about the 2015 Seventh UN General Assembly Informal Interactive Dialogue on the Responsibility to Protect.
The seventh UN General Assembly dialogue on the Responsibility to Protect was held on 8 September 2015 in the United Nations in New York, with some 69 member states, one regional organization, and four civil society groups presenting their responses to this year’s R2P Report of the Secretary General.
Twelve member states from the Asia Pacific region, including Australia and six members of ASEAN participated in the dialogue. Alex Bellamy, Director of the Asia Pacific Centre for R2P, presented a statement along with three other civil society organizations (Global Centre for R2P, International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect, and the Canadian Centre for the Responsibility to Protect).
This year’s interactive dialogue on R2P saw a generally positive response to the Secretary-General’s Report from Asia Pacific member states. While some states continue to raise the “lack of consensus” or divergence of views on R2P, there is a clear recognition that the objectives of this principle—which is mainly to prevent and respond to mass atrocity crimes--cannot be questioned. There is also willingness on the part of member states in the region to continue to the dialogue on R2P and the importance of linking this principle to other relevant principles that could help in addressing the root causes and managing the risk factors related to atrocity crimes. It is significant to note also that support for the French initiative that called on permanent members of the Security Council to restrain themselves from using their veto power in resolutions related to mass atrocity situations has gained support from four ASEAN member states, Korea, Japan, and New Zealand.