The responsibility to protect populations is urgent: Ban Ki-moon

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A member of the Jordanian contingent of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) feeds a child at the National School in Haiti. UN Photo/Marco Dormino

Turning a blind eye to atrocity crimes is no longer tenable, according to the Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Ban Ki-moon on Monday addressed the General Assembly during an interactive dialogue on international assistance and the responsibility to protect.

The meeting provided a forum for Member States to consider how international assistance can help national authorities protect their populations from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing, and crimes against humanity.

Mr Ban said the world faces a series of conflicts that feature acts that shock the global conscience.

"Turning a blind eye to these acts is no longer tenable. Our responsibility to prevent and protect is collective and urgent. My latest report offers a series of specific recommendations for improving international assistance to States seeking to protect their populations. "(0'21")

Mr. Ban Ki-moon also underlined that he has a particular responsibility to act as a spokesperson for those who are vulnerable and threatened, and to ensure that Member States hear what he described as the uncomfortable truths about their plight.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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