NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 15 – Acting on the recommendation of its General Committee, the General Assembly adopted the work programme and agenda for its seventy-second session today, deciding for the first time in 12 years to include the item “The Responsibility to Protect (R2P) and the prevention of genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity”.
The Assembly, which had before it the General Committee’s first report (document A/72/250), also endorsed the recommendation that its general debate be held from 19 to 23 September.
With today’s recorded vote of 113 in favour (Italy among them) to 21 against, with 17 abstentions, the Assembly’s discussions on the responsibility to protect evolved from 2005, when leaders at the World Summit first agreed that Governments were obliged to protect their populations from those mass atrocity crimes. Yet, several delegations including Syria, Iran, Russia, Egypt, took the floor to air their concerns about formally adding the item to the agenda. (@OnuItalia)