GAAMAC event commemorates the 75th anniversary of the Genocide Convention

12 December 2023
On 7 December 2023, GAAMAC convened a panel to reflect upon the accomplishments and challenges of implementing the Genocide Convention as an atrocity prevention tool to strengthen national prevention architectures. It gathered Ambassadors and Experts from civil society based in Geneva.

The Genocide Convention was adopted in the aftermath of World War II in the spirit of “never again”. Since its adoption on 9 December 1948, the Convention has been ratified or acceded to by 153 States. However, 40 United Nations member states have yet to do so.

Despite the existence of this landmark treaty and its broad ratification, numerous ongoing crises underscore the continuous relevance of the UN Genocide Convention. On this occasion, GAAMAC decided to convene an event in the Palais des Nations in Geneva to reflect upon the accomplishments and challenges of implementing the Genocide Convention as an atrocity prevention tool to strengthen national prevention architectures.

GAAMAC Chair Ambassador Christian Guillermet-Fernández of Costa Rica opened the event, followed by Ms. Christine Löw, Minister and Deputy Head of the Peace and Human Rights Division FDFA of Switzerland, who gave introductory remarks.

Following two video messages by Alice Wairimu Nderitu, the United Nations Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide, and by Ms Jamila Mohammed, the Chair of the GAAMAC Africa Working Group, Ambassador Guillermet-Fernández opened the panel discussion.

The panel was composed of Ambassador Lansana Alison Gberie of Sierra Leone, Ambassador Ib Petersen of Denmark, Ambassador Michèle Taylor of the United States of America, Ms. Elisabeth Pramendorfer as Geneva Representative of the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect (GCRP), Ambassador Abdallah Saleh Possi of the United Republic of Tanzania and Ambassador Federico Villegas of Argentina.

Ambassador Villegas closed the panel with a reminder that the promise of “never again” is a social contract of humanity that has resulted in the development of the Human Rights System and tools such as the one this panel commemorated. He also stressed that it is key to have a global dialogue between entities and nations and how networks such as GAAMAC are helpful for successful prevention efforts.

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