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date: 15 November 2018

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With the unanimous endorsement of the responsibility to protect (R2P) heads of state and government recognized that sovereignty entails responsibilities of the state to its people as relates to the protection from genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and ethnic cleansing. Since the endorsement of R2P at the United Nations, progress has occurred at an unprecedented speed at the normative and operational levels with the past ten years also serving to identify challenges for the prevention of and response to atrocities. The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) has been the central forum for R2P’s normative development, and a growing actor within the UN system for its implementation. This chapter assesses the UNGA’s interaction with R2P, reflecting on how this body has contributed to the conceptual advancement and operationalization of the principle as well as discussing the challenges that have arisen within this forum.

Keywords: United Nations, General Assembly, responsibility to protect, mass atrocities prevention, sovereign states

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