“Responsibility While Protecting”

The GPG held a discussion in anticipation of the 2012 UN General Assembly debates on the Responsibility to Protect in order to inform Parliamentarians and the public about the Brazilian initiative entitled “Responsibility While Protecting”. Speakers at this event included His Excellency Piragibe dos Santos Tarrago, Ambassador for Brazil to Canada, and Dr. Simon Adams, Executive Director of the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect. The purpose of the Brazilian initiative is to develop the conceptual and operational framework of the R2P doctrine, specifically in a manner that prevents a military intervention from causing more harm than the atrocity it seeks to prevent. It was also suggested that Canada should support the R2P Focal Points Initiative by appointing a senior level official to promote R2P at the national level and liaise with its counterparts in the global network of focal points.