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Upcoming events on RtoP and genocide prevention:
April 14: Expert discussion on genocide prevention and launch of publication compilation of Risk Factors and Legal Norms for the Prevention of Genocide; Organized by the new Jacob Blaustein Institute and the Office of the Special Adviser for the Prevention of Genocide
UN, New York
April 16: Pledge to Protect: Anti-genocide boot camp: a 2 day training session; STAND / Genocide-Intervention Network
April 20: National Day of Remembrance and Action on Mass Atrocities; Organized by the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Prevention of Genocide and Other Crimes Against Humanity;
University of Ottawa, Canada
May 12: Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities; Workshop organized by the Madariaga – College of Europe Foundation (MCF) and the Folke Bernadotte Academy
May 28: Initiative on Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide: “Model Convention on a Regional Rapid Response to Genocide”; Organized by the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy;
1. Expert discussion on genocide prevention and Launch of JBI publication: Risk Factors and Legal Norms for the Prevention of Genocide
April 14, 2011
North Lawn Building, Conference Room E
New York, NY
The Jacob Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human Rights, in cooperation with the Office of the Special Adviser of the United Nations Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide, will hold an expert discussion on genocide prevention to launch the new JBI publication compilation of Risk Factors and Legal Norms for the Prevention of Genocide
Moderator: E. Robert Goodkind, Chairman, Jacob Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human Rights
Please join for an expert discussion on genocide prevention to mark the release of a new publication, JBI’s Compilation of Risk Factors and Legal Norms for the Prevention of Genocide, the result of a project conducted in cooperation with the office of the Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide, Francis Deng.
The JBI Compilation identifies the major “risk factors” that could lead to the perpetration of genocide and the international legal norms and standards that underlie these risk factors, as well as a list of “special circumstances” that might increase the possibility of genocide. It aims to provide the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide with clear warning signs of possible genocide and facilitate the identification of situations that may require his intervention.
2. National Day of Remembrance and Action on Mass Atrocities
All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Prevention of Genocide and Other Crimes Against Humanity
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 7:00pm
University of Ottawa
The All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Prevention of Genocide and Other Crimes Against Humanity invites you to a panel discussion to mark the first annual National Day of Remembrance and Action on Mass Atrocities
On April 23rd, 2010, the Parliament of Canada officially recognized that day as the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Mass Atrocities. April 23rd was chosen in honour of Lester B. Pearson’s birth date, Canada’s Nobel Peace Prize winner, and recognizes his commitment to peace and international cooperation to end crimes against humanity. This day now serves as a call for Canadians to commemorate those who have suffered in the past and to work towards preventing such atrocities from happening in the future. In the spirit of the day’s mandate, please join us in a panel discussion that will offer an overview of mass atrocities in the world today and the ways in which Canada can be part of their resolution.
3. Pledge to Protect: Anti-genocide boot camp: a 2 day training session
STAND / Genocide-Intervention Network
(…) Together, we will train with experts in organizing, movement building and strategic response to better our individual efforts, and more importantly coordinate across networks. We will focus on group trainings that teach us how to develop concrete and measurable campaign strategies, learn how to tell our own story and weave together a national narrative and talk about how to use new and old media to communicate our movement’s message, and hear from experts and movement leaders on how to build and manage a leadership team that is mission driven and focused on results. We will also explore power-mapping and strategic planning exercises that offer participants the opportunity to collaborate, plan and learn from each other.
Saturday, April 16th:
Panel: The need for rapid response from Darfur to Libya
This panel will explore the role of activists in the reversal of U.S. government’s position on intervening to protect civilians in Libya and the progress the international community has made in enforcing its Responsibility to Protect. Discussion will also explore the lessons learned by the movement and how we can better prepare our own response to emerging crises and urgent developments in ongoing conflicts we continue to monitor.
The Choice: How do we as movement leaders and organizers encourages others to be upstanders dedicated to building a world without genocide? This training teaches you how to invite new members into the fold by asking others to make ‘The Choice’ to no longer be a bystander. This session will introduce participants to the 5 principles of organizing we will explore throughout the weekend: Story, Structure, Strategy and Action.
The Power of Personal Narrative: How do you tell your own story of who you are and why you are a member of this movement? How do you interweave your own story with that of others into a movement wide narrative? This training explores the Story of Self, Us and Now.
Campaign Structure – Relationship Building and Teams
Sunday, April 17th:
Theory of Change: Why and how we do what we do as anti-genocide activists
Strategy and Campaign Planning: We will explore the strategic planning process, timeline and tactics and start to create our own individual and group plans for moving the movement toward a world without genocide.
Monday, April 18th:
Optional Lobby Day: We will be holding a lobby day to meet with their Senators’ offices
More information on how to participate: http://standnow.org/2011-conference/agenda
4. Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities
The Madariaga – College of Europe Foundation (MCF) and the Folke Bernadotte Academy
Thursday, 12 May 2011
Hungarian Permanent Representation to the EU
92-98 Rue de Trèves, B-1040, Brussels
9:00 to 17:00
The Madariaga – College of Europe Foundation (MCF) and the Folke Bernadotte Academy (FBA) are organising a workshop entitled “Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities” on the 12-13 May, 2011. The event is part of the programme “Building coherence, skills and synergies in conflict prevention”, organised jointly by MCF and FBA to reinforce cooperation and to evolve a closer interaction between representatives of the international community towards more concrete dialogue on conflict prevention.
Organised with the support of the Hungarian Presidency of the European Union, and in close cooperation with the European External Action Service and the European Peacebuilding LiaisonOffice (EPLO), the workshop will aim to provide an excellent opportunity for participants to reflect on the questions and challenges of preventing genocide and mass atrocities. It will gather representatives of international organisations, European institutions, NGOs and experts in the field to provide a fruitful debate on this topic.
See draft programme
(…) Within the framework of the Programme "Building coherence, skills and synergies in conflict prevention", the Madariaga – College of Europe Foundation and the Folke Bernadotte Academy, with the support of the Hungarian Presidency of the European Union and in close cooperation with the European External Action Service and the European Peacebuilding Liaison Office (EPLO) make a new effort to promote the cause of genocide prevention. According to the spirit of the three-semester Programme, the organizers intend to turn the attention of policymakers, scholars and experts to the need to further develop tools and enhance international cooperation and partnerships in this domain too. During the two-day event the participants will focus on sharing experiences, lessons learned and best practices how to narrow the gap between early warning and timely action on genocide prevention and discuss the ways to create further synergies within the international community.
See full concept note
Website: for more information
5. Initiative on Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide: “Model Convention on a Regional Rapid Response to Genocide”
Institute for Cultural Diplomacy
Initiative Launch Event, Washington, D.C., 18th May, 2011
(...) In cases where it has been established that genocide is occurring, or has occurred, the response of the international community has been, at best, slow and weak, and at worst, completely ineffective. Whilst the international community has developed mechanisms for prosecuting the perpetrators of genocide, there remains little evidence that it is willing and able to prevent it from happening again.
When prosecuted, acts of genocide are often difficult to establish due to the challenge of establishing accountability. Many difficult questions are raised: Should a soldier of a paramilitary organization be charged if he was following orders in fear of death? How can leaders be found guilty without written record of their role and with few, if any, remaining survivors able to testify against them?
The most important priority, however, is not to punish those guilty of committing crimes of genocide, but rather to prevent the genocide from being committed in the first place. It is with this aim that The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy has launched an initiative focused on achieving a fast-track, concrete legal resolution to halting current instances of genocide taking place in conflict zones across the world, as a continuation of the historic work of the Polish lawyer Raphael Lemkin.
This event will be held as a component of:
The International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in the USA:
“The Roles and Responsibilities of the US and Europe in a Changing World Order: Evaluating the Political, Economic, and Cultural Dimensions”
Washington, D.C., 18th – 21st May, 2011
The International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy is one of the world's leading conferences in the fields of international relations and cultural studies. The conference is held by the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in association with high-profile international partners. This year´s event brings together key stakeholders from the US, Europe, and across the world to reflect on the future of US and European foreign policy and related issues. The program will consist of keynote speeches, lectures, panel discussions and social activities that will provide the audience with an opportunity to gain insights, reflect on, discuss and debate the salient issues.
For more information on speakers and to apply to the symosium: www.icd-international-symposium-usa.org