The international community has repeatedly failed to respond collaborative, swiftly and decisively to prevent genocide and related atrocity crimes.
At the meeting, Guterres said there are so much to do to curb ongoing violent conflicts, the highest number reported since 1945. They are lasting longer and are increasingly complex. Impunity is rife and human rights and the rule of law are regularly ignored.
Identity-based hate speech, incitement and discrimination continue to spread and are increasingly being used for political manipulation and gain. These are all alarming warning signs that should prompt action, he said.
“We know what is needed. We must eliminate identity-based discrimination and recognize diversity as a strength. We must respect human rights and the rule of law. We must ensure accountability and reparations for past atrocity crimes. And we must reconcile and restore broken communities,” Guterres said.
States have the primary responsibility for preventing genocide. But this cannot be achieved without the participation of society as a whole.
Young people, religious and community leaders, the private sector and the media, especially social media platforms, all have a responsibility to become champions of prevention, he said.