|R2PCS Recent Activities|
|Monday, 26 March 2007 07:02|
R2PCS Recent Activities
Responsibility to Protect Engaging Civil Society
***R2PCS at CSW, Berkeley, Geneva, and Washington DC***
We would like to inform you of four recent events which involved the participation or consultation of WFM-IGPs R2PCS program. If you would like more information about any of these events, please feel free to be in touch.
51st Session of the Commission on the Status of Women Parallel Event on R2P and PBC
6 March 2007, New York, USA
R2P-CS co-organized a workshop with the Centre for Conflict Resolution in South Africa on the Responsibility to Protect and Peacebuilding Commission at the 51st Session of the Commission on the Status of Women. Ms. Thelma Ekiyor from the Centre for Conflict Resolution, Dr. Nana Pratt from WARWOPNET in Sierra Leone, Ms. Vina Nadjibulla from the Peacebuilding Support Office and R2P-CS staff discussed why R2P is an important tool for womens rights activists and others to call for the prevention of and early response to situations on the verge of crisis. They also discussed the need for participation of womens organizations in the pre-planning and operational work of the PBC.
"Stopping Mass Atrocities: An International Conference on the Responsibility to Protect."
13-15 March 2007, Berkeley, CA
R2P-CS staff and WFM-IGP Executive Director participated in a conference the on "Stopping Mass Atrocities: An International Conference on the Responsibility to Protect."
"Stopping Mass Atrocities" examined the framework of the responsibility to protect against genocide and other mass atrocities and advance R2P from principle to practice. The purpose of the conference was to propel West Coast initiatives to promote R2P and join forces with current efforts in the midwest and on the East Coast. Conference participants included high-level representatives from government, nongovernmental organizations, faith-based organizations, media, and universities.
A full conference report from R2PCS will be available soon.
Parallel Event on Responsibility to Protect and the Human Rights Council at the 4th Session of the Human Rights Council
20 March 2007, Geneva, Switzerland
R2P-CS organized a Parallel Event on Responsibility to Protect and the Human Rights Council at the 4th Session of the Human Rights Council. The event featured a discussion on the background of the norm, the role of the UN in operationalizing the responsibility to protect (including the role of the Human Rights Council), and next steps for the implementation of the norm by the UN, governments, and civil society. Speakers included Steve Crawshaw from Human Rights Watch, Eva Tomic with the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Slovenia to the United Nations Office and other International Organizations in Geneva, and Lene Schumacher from WFM-IGP.
Genocide Prevention Advanced Leadership Summit
24 March 2007, Washington DC
R2P-CS co-hosted a workshop on the Responsibility to Protect at the Genocide Prevention Advanced Leadership Summit at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC. The Summit brough together top activists working on preventing genocide community and religious leaders, educators, students and professionals to discuss the situation in Darfur and what can be done to end the violence; receive training on best practices and genocide education; and begin looking at other areas of conflict.