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Despite high hopes, ‘responsibility to protect’ not yet fully operationalized – UN deputy chief

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Despite high hopes, ‘responsibility to protect’ not yet fully operationalized – UN deputy chief

6 September 2016 – The United Nations deputy chief said today that collective global action is needed to overcome barriers to implementation of States’ legal commitments to protect populations from atrocity crimes – the principle known as “responsibility to protect” or R2P.

“We have seen concrete implementation plans to make the ‘responsibility to protect’ a living reality,” Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said at a UN General Assembly interactive dialogue on the subject.

In his remarks to the gathering, Mr. Eliasson flagged that he had served as President of the General Assembly in 2005, when the R2P principle was adopted by Member States. “This commitment was a signature achievement for the United Nations,” he said.

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