We continue to face challenges in our responsibility to protect people from atrocities: Ban

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

"Atrocities continue to be committed and we continue to face challenges in our efforts to protect people from them", Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday in remarks at an Informal Interactive Dialogue on the "Responsibility to Protect".

He pointed to the crisis in Syria as a case in point, noting that while there have been significant efforts by the international community to end the violence and push for a political solution, these efforts have not yet borne fruit.

And the Secretary-General reminded all that the responsibility to protect seeks not only to protect populations at the eleventh hour but, first and foremost, to prevent crises from erupting at all which he said is the focus of his latest report: protection through prevention.

“Prevention may sound abstract, but it is very concrete and specific. It means, among many things, that States translate obligations and standards set out in international law, notably international humanitarian and human rights law, into policies, programmes, laws and institutions that protect and empower their people.”

It involves accountability mechanisms, early warning, education and inter-community dialogue.”

Secretary-General Ban said it also means strengthening the capacity of States to exercise their sovereignty as responsibility so that they are building societies that embrace diversity and where disputes are resolved amicably, under the rule of law.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

Duration: 1’28″

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