Complementing the ‘Third Pillar’ of RtoP: Supporting Balanced and Robust Responses to the Threat of Mass Atrocities

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UNA members with Laura Spano (R) at the R2P event held in partnership with GAPW
UNA members with Laura Spano (R) at the R2P event held in partnership with GAPW (WFUNA 2012)
Thursday, June 21, 2012

UN HEADQUARTERS, NEW YORK - From 11-14 June WFUNA had the pleasure to collaborate with long term partner Global Action to Prevent War (GAPW) to host four days of activities looking at the third pillar of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) in the lead up to the informal General Assembly discussion on the issue. The activities brought together academics, civil society advocates and military personnel working on R2P and related issues from around the world including Armenia, Belgium, Brazil, Cote d’Ivoire, Nigeria, the UK and Venezuela. Partners with GAPW were also represented by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, the International Coalition on the Responsibility to Protect, and the World Federalist Movement of Canada. 

WFUNA was proudly represented by Secretary-General Bonian Golmohammadi; Laura Spano, R2P Program Officer; and representatives from UNA-Venezuela (Pablo Angulo) and UNA-Armenia (Amalya Grigoryan) who have been working closely with WFUNA to implement WFUNA’s R2P Program – Mobilizing Public and Political Will for the Responsibility to Protect in their respective countries.

During a two day seminar representatives were able to present their views on regional perspectives on third pillar measures including effectiveness of sanctions, military force and the idea of a UN Emergency Peace Service (UNEPS). Ideas were also presented on the complementarity of R2P with other UN mandates and organizational agendas which relate to atrocity crime prevention such as UN Office of Disarmament and the agenda of women, peace and security. Possible gaps in complementarity, and potential tools for collaboration were identified and will form the backbone of cooperation going forward.

Over the four days representatives were able to hear from a wide of actors working on R2P within the UN system including the UN Office for the Prevention of Genocide, Office for Disarmament Affairs, Permanent Mission to the UN of Denmark and Uruguay as well as meetings with other civil society groups working towards similar goals of protection populations from violence and mass atrocity related crimes.

Ms. Spano addressed the group on the necessity for complementarity between agendas, tools and actors working on R2P and presented on how WFUNA works with different actors around the world to achieve this goal. Read the presentation here (PDF).

  • Check out photos from the event here
  • Stay tuned for more reports from other representatives including WFUNA's UNA reps Amalya and Pablo. 

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