chapter  13
Potential of the United Nations for Preventing Mass Violence
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On April 9, 2007, to commemorate the thirteenth anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon affirmed the worldwide obligation to make prevention of genocide a priority. He emphasized that recent UN steps to meet that obligationthe appointment of a Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide and the creation of an Advisory Committee on Genocide Prevention-must be followed by “more-much more” and announced his intention to upgrade the post of Special Adviser to a full-time position at a higher level and to strengthen both the adviser and his Advisory Committee. He added that the world’s governments have come to agreement on the responsibility of nations to protect their citizens and on its corollary, that if a nation ignores that responsibility, it is the duty of other nations to intervene on behalf of victim populations.