Past Events

New York

Organized By : Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation

By the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation and the New York City Bar Association

42 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036

The panel will feature representatives from the Permanent Mission of Paraguay to the United Nations, the United Nations Office of the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, and the Auschwitz Institute and will be moderated by Owen Pell, a Partner at White and Case LLP and member of the Auschwitz Institute's Board of Directors.

The theme of the evening's conversation will center on National Mechanisms - state bodies that include representatives from different areas of government relevant to the prevention of mass atrocities. Participants will consider the character and configuration of their mandates, compositions, and activities. The discussion panel will also consider the tools and apparatuses utilized by National Mechanisms in the inception, refinement, and implementation of a unified national policy for prevention.


Owen Pell, White and Case LLP and Member of the Auschwitz Institute Board of Directors


Ambassador Federico Gonzalez, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Mission of the United Republic of Paraguay to the United Nations

Ambassador Tuvako N. Manongi, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Mission of the United Republic of Tanzania to the United Nations

Ambassador Jorge Montano, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Mission of the United Republic of Mexico to the United Nations

Copies of AIPR's publication, National Mechanisms for the Prevention of Genocide and other Atrocity Crimes: Effective and Sustainable Prevention Begins at Home, will be available at the event.

Please RSVP to to confirm your attendance.


Manila, Philippines

Organized By : GAAMAC

2-4 February 2016  Manila, Philippines

Please click here to view GAAMAC II Outcome Document and click here to view GAAMAC II Meeting Report

GAAMAC II was held in Manila, Philippines from 2 to 4 February 2016. The objective of GAAMAC II was to convene interested governments, regional organizations, NGOs, and relevant UN offices to discuss and identify the challenges and opportunities of developing national architectures on atrocity prevention and to strengthen the capacities and strategies of states, international bodies and non-governmental organizations in this field. The Governments of the Philippines and Switzerland jointly took the leadership of organizing this meeting, with the mandate and support from the GAAMAC Steering Group.

GAAMAC II convened more than 200 individuals, including delegates from 52 states, of which 32 were represented by the headquarters, and more than 50 non-governmental organizations and 10 international bodies.

The meeting was opened by speeches from Mr. Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General; Mr. Rafael Seguis, Undersecretary of the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs; Mr. Didier Burkhalter, Minister of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs; Mr. Jesus R. S. Domingo, Assistant Secretary of the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs; Ms. Mô Bleeker, GAAMAC Chair; Mr. Adama Dieng, UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide; and Mr. Jose Ramos-Horta, Former President of Timor-Leste and Nobel Prize Laureate.

UN Headquarters

Organized By : Office of the Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide (United Nations)

The 2016 symposium will focus on the theme of religion, violence and extremism. Listen to and discuss the topic with esteemed religious leaders, UN officials, university professors, and representatives of faith-based and civil society organizations.

Speakers include, among others, Mr. Adama Dieng, UN Under-Secretary-General/Special Adviser for the Prevention of Genocide; Mr. Jehangir Khan, Director of the Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force Office for the UN Department of Political Affairs; Dr. Azza Karam, Senior Advisor on Culture at the United Nations Population Fund; Dr. John L. Esposito, Professor of Religion and International Affairs and of Islamic Studies, Georgetown University; Rabbi Jonah Pesner, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism; Dr. Clare Amos, Programme Executive for Inter-Religious Dialogue at the World Council of Churches; and Dr. Ganoune Diop, Permanent Representative to the United Nations for the General Conference of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church.

Organizers: General Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church; General Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists; World Council of Churches

Co-sponsors: United Nations Inter-Agency Task Force for Engagement with Faith-Based Organizations; The Permanent Mission of Finland to the United Nations; Committee of Religious NGOs at the UN; and Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers

Session One: 8:30am – 1:00pm
Session Two: 2:00pm - 6:00pm

New York, USA

By the President of the United Nations General Assembly, the Permanent Mission of Armenia to the United Nations, and the United Nations Office on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect

1:15pm to 2:45pm, Trusteeship Council - United Nations New York

On 11 September 2015, the General Assembly adopted unanimously resolution 69/323 in which it proclaimed 9 December as the International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime. The resolution encouraged all Member and observer States, all organizations of the United Nations system and other international and regional organizations and individuals to observe the International Day in order to raise awareness of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide and its role in combating and preventing the crime of genocide, as well as to commemorate and honor its victims. The 9 December also marks the day the Genocide Convention was adopted in 1948.

With the participation of:

  • Mogens Lykketoft, President of the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly 
  • Jan Elliasson, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations
  • Zohrab Mnatsakanyan, Permanent Representative of Armenia to the United Nations
  • Adama Dieng, Special Adviser of the Secretary General on the Prevention of Genocide
  • Pablo de Greiff, Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparations and guarantees of non-recurrence

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Organized By : International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect

By the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect and the Asia-Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect

7-9 December

ICRtoP and the Asia-Pacific Centre will be holding three civil society workshops in the Southeast Asian region. They will convene civil society representatives from Indonesia, Philippines, Myanmar, Thailand, Burma, Cambodia, and Malaysia in order to: 1) deepen support of and commitment to atrocities prevention in Southeast Asia; and 2) strengthen early warning and response capacities at the domestic and regional levels to prevent and respond to atrocities.

While great strides have been made over the past ten years since the adoption of the Responsibility to Protect, much work remains before the principle is put into practice, including in the Southeast Asian region where past atrocities and ongoing internal conflicts continue to challenge the protection of vulnerable populations. 

Participants will receive training on the UN Framework of Analysis on Atrocity Crimes and work towards the creation of “draft national action plans” for civil society to pursue on atrocity prevention.

The first workshop will be held in Bangkok, Thailand on 4-6 November 2015; the second in Jakarta, Indonesia on 9-11 November 2015; and the third in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 7-9 December 2015. For more information, contact

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