This panel will project a vision of how R2P can and should develop by 2022. It will consider what challenges and prospects the concept will face and what world leaders, experts, and advocates must consider as global events unfold. Speakers will be invited to imagine what “success” for R2P might look like over the course of the next ten years, and to consider how the world’s approach to recent crises might look different were those same crises to be faced in 2022."
Michelle Bachelet is the first Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, the entity which leads, supports, and coordinates the work of the United Nations on gender equality and the empowerment of women at global, regional, and country levels.
Ms. Bachelet most recently served as President of Chile from 2006 to 2010. She also held ministerial portfolios in the Chilean government as Minister of Defence and Minister of Health.
A long-time champion of women's rights, she has advocated for gender equality and women's empowerment throughout her career. As President, she fought to save revenue for pension reform, social protection programmes for women and children, and research and development. In her work as Defence and Health Minister, she introduced gender policies intended to improve the conditions of women in the military and police forces and forwarded health care reform to ensure better and faster health care response for families.
Ms. Fatou Bensouda of the Gambia is Prosecutor-Elect and currently serving as Deputy Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. She previously served as a Legal Adviser and Trial Attorney at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) in Arusha, Tanzania, rising to the position of Senior Legal Advisor and Head of the Legal Advisory Unit. Between 1987 and 2000, she was successively Senior State Counsel, Principal State Counsel, Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, Solicitor General and Legal Secretary of the Republic, then Attorney General and Minister of Justice, in which capacity she served as Chief Legal Advisor to the President and Cabinet of the Republic of the Gambia. Ms. Bensouda participated in negotiations on the treaty of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the West African Parliament, and the ECOWAS Tribunal. In 2009, she received the International Criminal Justice (ICJ) award presented by the President of India in New Delhi for her contribution to criminal law both at the national and international level.
Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti is the Permanent Representative of Brazil to the United Nations since 2007. Having served in the Brazilian Foreign Service since 1976, she was posted to the Brazilian Mission to the United Nations in 1985. Upon returning to Brazil, she pursued work in multilateral affairs and served as Executive Coordinator in the cabinet of the Minister of External Relations. As a Counselor, she directed the economic sector of the Brazilian Embassy in La Paz, Bolivia. In the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, she also served as Deputy Press Secretary, Head of the Division of South America I (in charge of relations with Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, and Chile), Director-General of the Department of Human Rights and Social Affairs, and Director-General of the Department of International Organizations. She was responsible for the implementation of President Lula's "Action Against Hunger and Poverty" initiative.
ICC Deputy Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda discusses the “exponential impact” prosecuting a case can have globally. She cites the example of the trial of Thomas Lubanga, which curbed the use of child soldiers in Congo and throughout the world.