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The 2020 R2P and WPS double anniversary

The 2020 Responsibility to Protect and Women, Peace and Security Double Anniversary:
A conversation on R2P at 15 and WPS at 20 followed by Q&A

December 17, 2020  
9:00-10:45 New York (GMT-5) / 14:00-15:45 London (GMT)

This high-level interactive panel discussion marks a significant double anniversary, namely the 15th anniversary of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) since its adoption at the UN in September 2005 and the 20th anniversary of Women Peace and Security (WPS) since the adoption of SC Resolution 1325 in October 2000.

  • What are the key lessons learned from 15 years of R2P and atrocity prevention and 20 years of implementing the WPS agenda?
  • What successes can we highlight for both?
  • How can R2P and WPS be implemented closer together in light of their overlaps, including the gendered impact of atrocity crimes, the connections between gender equality and R2P, and the important roles women play in supporting protection and atrocity prevention?

Ambassaor Liberata Mulamula, Ms. Debbie Stothard, Dr. Karen Smith, Ms. Savita Pawnday, Dr. Toni Haastrup, and Ms. Wai Wai Nu are the distinguished experts joining in conversation to reflect on the progress made on implementing the R2P and WPS agendas to date. They will discuss some of the key lessons learned and explore priorities and strategies for implementing these two complementary agendas going forward. The conversation is moderated by Dr. Cristina G. Stefan.

A recording of the event is available here


Ambassador Liberata Mulamula First female Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary of Tanzania; Member of UN SG's Independent Eminent Persons for Peacebuilding Architecture Review; Associate Director Institute for African Studies at George Washington University
Dr Karen Smith UN Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on the Responsibility to Protect; University Lecturer in International Relations at the Institute for History at Leiden University
Ms Debbie Stothard Founder and Coordinator ALTSEAN-Burma; Former Secretary-General of The Board of The International Federation for Human Rights
Ms Jaclyn Streitfeld-Hall Publications Director, Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect (GCR2P), leading on the GCR2P’s two signature publications, R2P Monitor and Atrocity Alert
Dr Toni Haastrup Senior Lecturer in International Politics at University of Stirling; Editor in Chief of JCMS; Serving on the Women Also Know Stuff (WAKS) Executive Committee
Ms Wai Wai Nu Founder and Director of Women's Peace Network; Award-winning Rohingya women’s rights activist; Former political prisoner; Fellow at the Center for Genocide Prevention, US Holocaust Memorial Museum
Dr Cristina G Stefan (Moderator) Associate Professor of International Relations at The University of Leeds; Founding Co-Director of the European Centre for the Responsibility to Protect (ECR2P)


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