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Amid multiple crises, ‘responsibility to protect’ more urgent than ever — UN officials

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Amid multiple crises, ‘responsibility to protect’ more urgent than ever — UN officials

 

Amid multiple crises, ‘responsibility to protect’ more urgent than ever — UN officials
718 words
8 September 2014
MTPW
English
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Today’s crises, from the horrors in Iraq and Syria to the persistent violence in South Sudan and Ukraine, demand urgent and collective action to stem atrocity crimes and protect civilians, United Nations officials said today, as the General Assembly met to discuss the ‘responsibility to protect’ adopted nearly 10 years ago by world leaders.

“The adoption of the responsibility to protect at the 2005 World Summit embodied a collective determination to counter atrocity crimes with resolve. Today, this commitment is being severely tested,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in his remarks to a dialogue held by the Assembly.

“Our collective responsibility to protect demands far more from us at this deeply troubling time for all humankind,” he stated.

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