Policy Brief : UN Security Council Resolutions and the Responsibility to Protect
Jess Gifkins writes about R2P language in Security Council resolutions. Over the past decade international understandings of R2P have evolved via regular debates in the UN General Assembly, activism from R2P Centres, and normative leadership by both Kofi Annan and Ban Ki-moon, and their Special Advisors. As understandings have changed, Security Council members have found language that they are willing to accept and regularly reaffirm. As such, it has become accepted practice for resolutions to include language on R2P. Over time R2P has become a standard aspect of the Security Council’s internal negotiations and one part of the way the Council frames its response to crisis situations and thematic issues.