Global community addresses why it "fails to prevent genocides"

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Auchwitz-Birkenau. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

Commemorating victims of the Holocaust is an important opportunity for the global community to transform lessons it should have learned into concrete acts of prevention.

That was one of the UN Deputy Secretary-General's main messages at an event in New York marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the German Nazi extermination camp in Auchwitz-Birkenau.

The conference entitled "why have we failed in preventing genocides and how to change that", was organized by Poland.

Jan Eliasson said it is important to examine why the world continues to fail to prevent mass atrocities despite lessons learned.

” We must consider what we must do differently to protect people – and build societies where tolerance trumps hatred. Genocide can only happen when we ignore the warning signs – and are unwilling to take action.” (0'15")

Mr Eliasson added that the international community must protect populations from atrocity crimes by assisting States to meet their responsibilities, or by reacting when they fail to do so.

Stephanie Castro, United Nations.

Duration: 1’10″

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