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Media release

25 September 2009

$2 million to advance the Responsibility to Protect principle

Today in New York in the margins of the United Nations General Assembly I co-chaired with the Foreign Ministers of Rwanda, Timor-Leste and Netherlands a Ministerial roundtable on the Responsibility to Protect principle (R2P).

Ministers at the roundtable discussed how to advance the R2P principle.

Australia welcomes the significant progress on R2P this year, including the recent unanimous adoption by the General Assembly of its first resolution on R2P.

At the roundtable, I announced that Australia has awarded $2 million to Universities and Non-Government Organisations for research and outreach projects to advance the R2P principle in the Asia Pacific Region.

Australia’s $2 million R2P Fund is part of an overall Australian package of $4.5 million over four years, for R2P, which aims to advance the R2P concept at the regional and global levels, as well as civil society.

Following an internationally competitive process, 14 projects were selected for funding by a selection committee chaired by the UN Secretary General’s Special Advisor on R2P, Edward Luck.

The projects encompass a diverse range of non-government organisations, universities and leading world think-tanks including the Australian Red Cross, Oxfam Australia, the University of Queensland, Griffith University, the University of Sydney, the Brookings Institution and the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Jakarta, Indonesia.

The projects will run over two years and will be a practical way of supporting the R2P principle as well as establishing a body of evidence-based research on R2P.

See also attachment:

Australian Responsibility to Protect Fund, Final Results of R2P Fund Selection Committee

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