2008 Global Consultative Consultations
Following the World Summit, a group of NGOs, including Human Rights Watch, International Crisis Group, Oxfam International, Refugees International and WFM-Institute for Global Policy began exploring the work needed to advance RtoP, including on how to increase basic knowledge of RtoP among governments, regional organizations, NGOs and the public, how to prevent backsliding among governments at the international level, and how to operationalize RtoP so that early and effective action is taken in the face of mass atrocity crimes. Together, they began working toward the development of two parallel initiatives: (1) a Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, formally launched in February 2008 and, (2) a international NGO coalition for the Responsibility to Protect, similar to earlier successful NGO human security campaigns.
Between February and August 2008, the Responsibility to Protect-Engaging Civil Society (R2PCS) project at the World Federalist Movement-Institute for Global Policy (WFM-IGP) has spearheaded the effort to build an international coalition of NGOs for RtoP. To facilitate building an international coalition with representation from both Northern and Southern NGOs, R2PCS first organized a series of consultative roundtables with NGOs worldwide. It was understood that priority should be placed on building partnerships with Southern NGOs and partners in regions where RtoP crimes are occurring. The manner in which RtoP is taken forward will have worldwide impact, thus the voices of NGOs from all regions needed to be incorporated into shaping the RtoP agenda, and naturally in planning for a coalition.
The goals of the roundtables were to: 1) increase understanding of R2P and how it applies to conflicts in the region and 2) explore how to strengthen regional and international mechanisms to support R2P 3) forge partnerships with NGOs who are interested in joining in a core group in building an NGO coalition.
From February until July 2008, the R2PCS program organized 7 global consultative roundtables with partners in the region and produced reports for each roundtable on the outcome of the meetings, including summaries of presentations, how RtoP relates to the region, challenges and recommendations for taking RtoP forward (click on link for details and content of meetings):
Asia-Pacific Centre for R2P and Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand
World Federalist Movement-Canada
Coordinadora Regional de Investigaciones Economicas y Sociales (CRIES)
International Refugees Rights Initiative (IRRI)
Human Rights Institute of South Africa (HURISA)
Agir-Ici (Oxfam-France) and Human Rights Watch-France
Outcome of the Roundtables: R2PCS published report on Civil Society Perspectives and Recommendations for Action.
This report entitled Global Consultative Roundtables on the Responsibility to Protect: Civil Society Recommendations for Action details the conclusions of the seven civil society roundtables held from February to August 2008 in Thailand, Canada, Argentina, Uganda, South Africa, France, and Ghana. The report includes common challenges in actualizing RtoP, common themes from all roundtables, and participant-suggested strategies and activities for each region to advance RtoP.
Based on the outcomes and partnerships obtained through the consultative roundtables with NGOs across the world, WFM-IGP, along with seven other Steering Committee members launched the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect (ICRtoP) on 28 January 2009.
For more information on the International Coalition for RtoP: click here