Second International Meeting Global Action Against Mass Atrocity Crimes - GAAMAC II - Philippines

01/01/2016 - 11/02/2016

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The Global Action Against Mass Atrocity Crimes (GAAMAC) is an inclusive, state-led network created in March 2013 by States and NGOs joining together to engage in the prevention of atrocities.

The meetings organized by GAAMAC provide a platform for exchange, dialogue and dissemination of learning and good practice in prevention. GAAMAC supports States in building their capacities to prevent mass atrocity crimes (war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide and ethnic cleansing), as well as, in developing and implementing national prevention strategies. It serves as a space for exchange and sharing among different communities of practice and stakeholders.

The objective of GAAMAC II is to convene representatives of interested governments, regional organizations, NGOs, and relevant UN offices to discuss and identify the challenges and ways to develop national architectures and policies for the prevention of atrocity, and to strengthen the capacities and strategies of states and governmental organizations in this field. This meeting is organized jointly by the Governments of the Philippines, as a host country, and Switzerland, current chair of GAAMAC, as mandated by the GAAMAC Steering Group1.   

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Final report on trends and challenges.

Outcome objectives of mandate

Outcome: The outcome from this activity is a closer link between SSR and mass atrocities and civilian protection issues that are on the rise in current times. Ultimately, ISSAT aims to play a conducive role in highlighting linkages for the donor community in particular between SSR and civilian protection.

ISSAT has been requested by Switzerland to participate in the second meeting organized by the Global Action Against Mass Atrocity Crimes (GAAMAC) on “Preventing atrocities: How to strengthen national atrocity prevention architecture”.

ISSAT’s objective through its support to GAAMAC is to push forward the principles for “good SSR” which it continuously advocates for. ISSAT hopes that its contribution will raise awareness and build international consensus around the concept of treating security and justice as a key public policy issue. ISSAT aims at reinforcing the global alliance against mass atrocities by sharing its experience on good practices, main challenges, and needs in terms of SSR processes, as well as to contribute to community security in general.

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