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Complementing the ‘Third Pillar’ of RtoP: Supporting Balanced and Robust Responses to the Threat of Mass Atrocities
World Federation of United Nations Associations
21 June 2012
UN HEADQUARTERS, NEW YORK - From 11-14 June WFUNA had the pleasure to collaborate with long term partner Global Action to Prevent War (GAPW) to host four days of activities looking at the third pillar of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) in the lead up to the informal General Assembly discussion on the issue. The activities brought together academics, civil society advocates and military personnel working on R2P and related issues from around the world including Armenia, Belgium, Brazil, Cote d’Ivoire, Nigeria, the UK and Venezuela. Partners with GAPW were also represented by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, the International Coalition on the Responsibility to Protect, and the World Federalist Movement of Canada. (…)
During a two day seminar representatives were able to present their views on regional perspectives on third pillar measures including effectiveness of sanctions, military force and the idea of a UN Emergency Peace Service (UNEPS). Ideas were also presented on the complementarity of R2P with other UN mandates and organizational agendas which relate to atrocity crime prevention such as UN Office of Disarmament and the agenda of women, peace and security. Possible gaps in complementarity, and potential tools for collaboration were identified and will form the backbone of cooperation going forward. (…)


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