High Commissioner: Averting genocide is a task of the highest order
Averting genocide is a task of the highest order which demands our full attention and dedicated resources, said High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay as she welcomed Hungary’s initiative to establish an international centre for genocide prevention.
The international centre for the prevention of genocide and mass atrocities in Budapest, the first of its kind in the region, will work closely with United Nations institutions and agencies.
Hungary told a gathering on the sidelines of the current Human Rights Council session that the Budapest Centre will concentrate its efforts on bridging the gap between early warning and early action.
It will provide the international actors with comprehensive and technical recommendations, analysis, support and methodology on mediation efforts in situations of instability that could lead to genocidal actions.
Addressing the side-event on 17 September, the High Commissioner said the Budapest Centre can help accomplish various goals in the prevention of genocide. She particularly welcomed the Centre’s determination to establish partnerships with the UN, as well as regional and sub-regional organizations.
“Averting genocide is a task of the highest order which demands our full attention and dedicated resources, as well as a deeper understanding of the dynamics, conditions and mind-set that shape genocidal designs,” she said.
She also called on all governments that have not done so to ratify or accede to the Genocide Convention. Currently there are 140 state parties to the Convention, and 41 States have signed but not yet ratified this important treaty.
The 12th session of the Human Rights Council takes place from 14 September to 2 October at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. More information is available on the webpage of the session, which is also webcast live.
28 September 2009