Samuel Atuobi, from the Conflict Prevention Management and Resolution Department (CPMRD) of the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC), has written a policy brief, The Responsibility to Protect: the time to act is now. The brief introduces RtoP, highlighting both the language agreed upon in the Outcome Document from the 2005 World Summit and the Three Pillar approach featured in Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s January 2009 report. The brief continues by discussing RtoP related topics including the Protection of Civilians and other Security Council adopted resolutions as well as the work of both the ICRtoP, the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, and KAIPTC. The brief discusses the opportunities and challenges that RtoP will face in being implemented in the UN as well as the existing concerns of Member States. Finally, the brief calls upon the UN to widely circulate the Secretary General’s report, for Member States to clarify existing misconceptions of RtoP during the July debate, and for civil society’s role in RtoP to become institutionalized.
Read the full policy brief.