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Arria-formula meeting on raising effectiveness of atrocity crimes prevention: role of the United Nations Security Council and its Members.
10 Dec 2018 -  The meeting, organized on the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide as well as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, will provide an opportunity to highlight the importance of atrocity crimes prevention. It will also allow to identify and discuss challenges and good practices relevant in the context of raising their effectiveness.
Moreover, it will serve as a platform for consideration of inter alia the Council’s and its Members’ role and possible contribution to early prevention of atrocity crimes.
The participants are invited to focus their interventions on practical steps to make atrocity crimes prevention more effective at early stages – including through the Security Council’s and its Members’.
The Arria-formula meeting will be organized by the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Poland to the United Nations in partnership with the Permanent Missions of Belgium, Cote D’Ivoire, Germany, Kuwait and Peru to the United Nations, as well as in close cooperation with the UN Office for Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect and the UN Office of Legal Affairs. The Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and United Nations Legal Counsel, Mr. Miguel de Serpa Soares, is to deliver remarks. Director of Policy and Planning of the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation and Program Director of the Global Edition of the Raphael Lemkin Seminar for Genocide Prevention, Ms. Samantha Capicotto, will also brief. 
Representatives of all current and incoming Security Council Members are invited to deliver their remarks, no longer than three minutes, focused on practical proposals of action aimed at raising effectiveness of atrocity crimes prevention. Possible other participants of the open meeting may be offered an opportunity to deliver brief, focused remarks, time permitting.