Past Event: “The Responsibility to Protect at Ten: Perspectives and Opportunities”

PS Edit Jennifer Welsh Welcome Address

Dr. Jennifer Welsh, Special Adviser to the Secretary General on the Responsibility to Protect


September 9, 2015
United Nations, Delegates Dining Room 1-3

Ten years have passed since UN Member States committed themselves to the responsibility to protect (RtoP) populations from genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and ethnic cleansing. To discuss the normative and conceptual advancement of RtoP, FES New York in cooperation with the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect (ICRtoP) and the Stanley Foundation, hosted a luncheon on September 9, 2015. Introductory remarks were delivered by Dr. Jennifer Welsh, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on the Responsibility to Protect. Erin Mooney, Senior Protection Adviser, United Nations, Protection Capacity (ProCap), spoke on the various protection challenges that arise from displacement due to the risk or commission of atrocities. Alexandra Hiniker, Representative to the United Nations; PAX, addressed the relationship between arms control and atrocities prevention. Dr. Alex Bellamy, Director of the Asia-Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, shared his recommendations on the rise of violent extremism and the challenges it poses to more traditional, state-centered interpretations of the RtoP norm.

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