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New Report of the SG on Early Warning, Assessment and the Responsibility to Protect
On 14 July 2010, the UN Secretary-General has released a report on “Early Warning, assessment and the responsibility to protect” (see the French, English and Spanish versions)
The report outlines the current state of early warning and assessment capabilities within the UN system as it relates to the prevention of genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing. It includes an overview of current gaps in early warning and assessment, namely
1)     There is an insufficient sharing of information and analysis among the actors listed above and throughout the United Nations – including its Member States – as a whole.
2)     The existing mechanisms for gathering and assessing information for the purpose of early warning do not analyze that information through an RtoP lens, but rather view conflicts in broader terms.
3)     The United Nations requires “assessment tools and capacity to ensure both efficiency and system-wide coherence” in developing responses to RtoP situations under Chapter VI, VII, and VII of the UN Charter.
The report concludes with a section on next steps, and includes plans for a joint office between the Office of the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide and the Special Advisor on the Responsibility to Protect and details for a new internal procedure that would allow for the Special Advisers to convene key Under-Secretaries-General in emergency situations for the purpose of developing multilateral policy options.


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