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22 April 2013
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Submit your feedback for the UN Secretary-General’s upcoming report on the Responsibility to Protect
 
Since 2009, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly has held an annual informal, interactive dialogue on the Responsibility to Protect (RtoP, R2P). The discourse is based in part on reports, published by the UN Secretary-General ahead of each annual meeting, which explore measures within the norm’s scope or the role of various actors. These reports from the Secretary-General are crucial to inform the participation of Member States, regional and sub-regional organizations and civil society both in the General Assembly dialogues and other international discussions on implementing the Responsibility to Protect.
 
As you may already be aware, this year’s report of the Secretary-General on the Responsibility to Protect will focus onthe prevention of RtoP crimes and the responsibilities of the State.
 
The report will focus on four core elements: a comprehensive overview of the causes and dynamics of atrocity crimes; an examination of structural and operational preventive tools, with a focus on national and regional strategies for prevention; a discussion of good examples in the field of prevention, focusing on themes and tools rather than specific country cases; and practical recommendations to Member States to prevent RtoP crimes.
 
As the report is prepared, the UN Secretariat would like to gain insight and collect information from Member States and civil society on the causes and dynamics of genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing, and crimes against humanity as well as on examples illustrating good practices by Member states in the prevention of these crimes and violations. 
 
Input for the report is being sought through the distribution of questionnaires to Member States and to civil society organizations. While the official deadline for the submission of all questionnaires was 19 April, the UN Office on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect is accepting responses from Member States and civil society through Friday, 26 April.
 
Click here for information about how to submit a response.
 
We hope you will take advantage of this unprecedented opportunity to ensure the report is thorough in content and reflects upon the efforts of both Member States and civil society throughout the world.
 
As you prepare to review and complete the attached questionnaire, please note the following:
-          All responses are being accepted through 26 April 2013.  The Secretariat will not be able to consider late submissions.
-          In completing your response, please limit answers to 300 words per question. Please note that responses can be in the form of bullet points as well, and are not required to be in paragraph form.
-          Submissions must be provided in electronic MS Word format (.doc or .docx)
 
Read more about how to submit your responses to the questionnaires.

 

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