The Czech Republic participated in the UN GA interactive dialogue on the Responsibility to Protect
16.09.2013 / 22:30
On September 11 the UN General Assembly held an interactive dialogue on the responsibility of states to protect their populations from atrocity crimes.
The debate was opened by the Secretary General, Ban Kimoon, and his Special Advisers on prevention of genocide, Adama Dieng, and on the responsibility to protect, Jeniffer Welsh. More than 70 delegations took the floor, including the European Union. The Czech Republic was represented by its National Focal Point for Responsibility to Protect, Mr. Petr Valek, who also delivered a statement.
The Secretary General as well as the majority of speakers reaffirmed the core principle, consensually agreed by Heads of States and Governments at the 2005 World Summit, that States have the primary responsibility to protect its populations from atrocity crimes, and that the international community also has a responsibility should States manifestly fail to fulfill theirs. Prevention is key, as well as identification of risk factors and early preventive action.