This panel will feature civil society experts who will share the experience of their organizations in engaging with national mechanisms or working with political actors to influence and strengthen capacity for implementing the Responsibility to Protect and preventing the domestic commission of atrocity crimes. Presentations will focus on the Tanzanian National Committee on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide, War Crimes, Crimes Against Humanity and all Forms of Discrimination; the role of Parliamentarians in preventing atrocities, with a focus on the Canadian All Parliamentary Group for the Prevention of Genocide and Other Crimes Against Humanity; and the initiatives being undertaken in the Asia-Pacific to develop national initiatives for the prevention of RtoP crimes.
Angela Bruce-Raeburn, Program Officer, The Stanley Foundation
Rev. Cannon Thomas Godda, Inter-Religious Council for Peace Tanzania, Tanzania
Mr. Kyle Matthews, Senior Deputy Director, Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies, Canada
Mr. Noel Morada, Regional Director and Senior Researcher, Asia-Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, Australia
This panel will feature civil society experts who will share the experience of their organizations in influencing policy development for the prevention of atrocities. Speakers will reflect on their engagement with national governments to undertake necessary action to prevent the commission or reoccurrence of atrocities, with particular focus on policy development in the areas of justice and accountability; good governance; and ensuring the inclusion of women and other underrepresented populations within decision making, judicial and other processes, as well as the protection of their rights. Countries in focus include Sierra Leone, Guatemala, and Kenya.
Dr. Tibi Galis, Executive Director, The Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation
Ms. Valnora Edwin, Director, Campaign for Good Governance, Sierra Leone
Mrs. Paola Alejandra Castillo Diaz, Sub-Director, Centro para la Acción Legal en Derechos Humanus, Guatemala
Mr. Stephen Kirimi, Chief Executive Officer, Peace and Development Network Trust, Kenya
Michèle Auga, Executive Director, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung - New York Office
About this conference
On 11 September 2013, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) will convene its 5th annual informal interactive dialogue on the Responsibility to Protect (RtoP, R2P) on the theme of the UN Secretary-General's Report, "State Responsibility and Prevention." The dialogue will serve as an opportunity to advance the General Assembly's consideration of RtoP, specifically regarding state capacity to prevent genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing, and measures to domesticate the Responsibility to Protect.
In preparation for the General Assembly interactive dialogue, the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR), the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES), the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect (ICRtoP), and the Stanley Foundation will host a public event featuring civil society representatives who will share their experiences on and provide recommendations for engaging with governments to build domestic capacity to prevent the commission of atrocities.
ABOUT THE ORGANIZERS The International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect: The International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect (ICRtoP) is a global network of civil society organizations dedicated to advancing RtoP at the international, regional, sub-regional and national levels. For the past ten years, ICRtoP has worked to build a constituency of civil society support for the norm, and the Coalition now has members representing every region, and working in a wide range of sectors including women's rights, conflict prevention, human rights, genocide prevention, and international and regional justice.
For more information, visit: www.responsibilitytoprotect.org
The Stanley Foundation: The Stanley Foundation seeks a secure peace with freedom and justice, built on world citizenship and effective global governance. It brings fresh voices, original ideas, and lasting solutions to debates on global and regional problems. The foundation is a nonpartisan, private operating foundation, located in Muscatine, Iowa, that focuses on peace and security issues and advocates principled multilateralism. The foundation frequently collaborates with other organizations. It does not make grants. Find the foundation online at www.stanleyfoundation.org.
The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung - New York Office: The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) is a German political foundation committed to the advancement of public policy issues in the spirit of the basic values of social democracy. FES has 110 offices around the world and FES New York serves as a liaison between the United Nations, FES field offices and partners in developing countries to strengthen the voice of the Global South. FES New York contributes to UN debates on economic and social development, and on peace and security issues.
For more information, visit: www.fes-globalization.org/new_york
The Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation: The Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation, established in 2005, works to prevent genocide by building a community of government officials around the world who are educated about contemporary approaches to genocide prevention and who effectively work as a community to build a functional global architecture for prevention and response to mass atrocities and genocide. AIPR does this through educational programs for officials from ministries of justice, defense, foreign affairs, national human rights institutions and militaries and through programs of policy development assistance to their institutions.
For more information, visit: www.auschwitzinstitute.org