The United Nations is an international organization founded in 1945, currently made up of 193 Member States. Due to the powers vested in its Charter and its unique international character, the United Nations can take action on the issues confronting humanity in the 21st century, such as peace and security, climate change, sustainable development, human rights, disarmament, terrorism, humanitarian and health emergencies, gender equality, governance, food production, and more. On February 21, 2008 the Spokesperson for Secretary-General announced that Edward Luck was appointed as Special Adviser, with a focus on the Responsibility to Protect. On 12 July 2013, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the appointment of Dr. Jennifer Welsh as the new Special Adviser on the Responsibility to Protect.
September 2014 - AP R2P Workshop co-hosted with International Peace Institute on 'Why Atrocity Prevention Fails', New York
June 2014 - Sarah Teitt attends Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict in London, UK
The Foreign Secretary and Angelina Jolie, Special Envoy for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, co-chaired the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict on 10-13 June 2014 at ExCel London. It was the largest gathering ever brought together on the subject, with 1,700 delegates and 123 country delegations including 79 Ministers. The Summit agreed practical steps to tackle impunity for the use of rape as a weapon of war, and to begin to change global attitudes to these crimes. Learn more:
March 2014 - Participation in Global Action Against Mass Atrocities Coalition Meeting, San Jose, Costa Rica
The inaugural meeting of the GAAMAC was held in San Jose, Costa Rica on 4-6 March 2014. Some 120 participants from the United Nations, states, academe, and civil society groups across the globe discussed various issues and challenges relating to the promotion of genocide and mass atrocities prevention in the three-day meeting. Noel Morada, representing the AP R2P, underscored the importance of sustained partnership between states, experts from the academe, and civil society stakeholders in building homegrown national architectures for prevention of mass atrocities. Dr. Morada also stressed the need to foster South-South dialogue among the Asia Pacific, African, and Latin American regions.