Supporting regional partnerships

The Centre works together with a number of partners with a shared vision of atrocity prevention throughout the Asia Pacific region. 

The Asia Pacific Partnership for Atrocity Prevention (APPAP)

Motivated by the shared vision of a region that protects its own people from atrocities, the APPAP is an alliance of organisations which aims to support the prevention of atrocity crimes and the protection of vulnerable populations within the Asia Pacific. By facilitating cooperation between like-minded organisations it aims to develop coherent and comprehensive plans to prevent atrocities, mobilising the capacities of local, regional and global actors.

The initiative aims to advance the shared goal of making atrocity prevention a lived reality across the enitre Asia Pacific region.

Administered by a Secretariat provided by the Centre, the APPAP will host activities promoting dialogue and collaboration in areas such as ealry warning and risk assessment, mediation, policy analysis and development for prevention, training and education, capacity building for prevention, and engagement with UN member states and partners.

APPAP is an Asia Pacific focused partnership. Membership is open to non-governmental organisations that promote the prevention of atrocity crimes and governments that have appointed national R2P Focal Points.

More information can be found on APPAP's website.

High Level Advisory Panel on the Responsibility to Protect in Southeast Asia

In 2013 Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Special Advisor to the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide, Mr. Adama Dieng, wrote to Dr. Surin Pitsuwan requesting advice on how to promote R2P within Southeast Asia. In response Dr. Pitsuwan, former Secretary-General of ASEAN, convened a small group of eminent persons to establish a High Level Advisory Panel (HLAP) on the Responsibility to Protect in Southeast Asia.

The main objective of the HLAP is to support efforts in the promotion of R2P throughout Southeast Asia and ASEAN member states. By doing so, the HLAP stands to contribute to the 'sharing and caring' ASEAN community that member states aspire to develop. The report of the HLAP (PDF, 1.5MB), presented at the UN in 2014, provided 13 recommendations and 5 strategies to further the adoption of R2P at the regional and national level and stengthen the relationship between the UN and ASEAN. By doing so the HLAP hopes to build the region's capacity to prevent atrocity crimes and protect vulnerable populations. 

The HLAP is supported by a secretariat comprising Prof. Alex Bellamy (UQ) and Dr Mely Caballero Anthony (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore). The panel also acknowledges financial support from the Centre, the United States Institute of Peace and the Australian Government's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. 

Asia Pacific Youth Network for Atrocity Prevention

In 2018 the first regional Youth Summit on Atrocity Prevention was held in Bangkok, Thailand. During the Summit, participants from nine countries within the region were trained in how youth leadership could further atrocity prevention and peacebuilding in the Asia Pacific. At the end of the summit, the participants issued a Statement of Commitment (PDF, 175KB), pledging to establish national youth focal points for atrocity prevention and a leadership network to further support their efforts.

Further information about what happened at this inaugural event can be found in the Spotlight article (Issue 47, September 2018) on the Publications page.