Security Council creates new medal to honour ‘exceptional courage’ of UN personnel

The Security Council today decided to create “the Captain Mbaye Diagne Medal for Exceptional Courage” in honour of a United Nations peacekeeper credited with saving hundreds of, perhaps even a thousand, Rwandans from death during the 1994 genocide.

Heeding lessons of Rwanda, world must do more to prevent atrocities – Ban

As Rwandans commemorate the genocide that took place 20 years ago, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed during a visit to Kigali on Sunday the need for the international community to learn from such atrocities and to ensure that the words 'never again' are translated into action.

At Brussels conference, Ban says genocide prevention is global responsibility

Addressing the International Conference on Genocide Prevention in Brussels, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today declared that defending human rights is a global responsibility, and called on all Governments to renew their commitment to vigilance and political will to prevent any mass atrocities from ever occurring again.

UN marks launch of ‘Kwibuka20’ to ‘remember, unite, renew’ after Rwanda genocide

Ahead of the twentieth anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today honoured the launch of “Kwibuka 20,” a series of events commemorating the tragedy, and urged the international community to do more to fully internalize and implement the lessons learned from the killings of 800,000 people in 1994.

World must heed early warning signs to prevent genocide, UN is told

Twenty years after the Rwanda genocide, where “the consequences of failing to heed the warning signs were monumentally horrifying,” the world must respond early to the risk of mass atrocities amid mounting religious and ethnic polarization and demonization, a United Nations special event warned today.

UN marks 65th anniversary of landmark treaty on preventing, punishing genocide

Top United Nations officials joined international experts today in New York to mark the 65th anniversary of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide – referred to as a living symbol of the pledge of 'never again.'

On anniversary, Ban honours victims and survivors of Rwanda genocide

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today honoured the memory of the more than 800,000 people who lost their lives during the Rwandan genocide in 1994, and stressed countries have a 'shared responsibility' to prevent mass atrocities from happening again.

With ethnic tensions rising worldwide, UN adviser urges action to prevent mass atrocities

The number of situations around the world that clearly indicate a risk of mass atrocities has possibly never been higher, demanding urgent preventive action, the United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide said today.

Fighting deadly hate speech requires ‘multi-layered approach,’ UN official says

A multi-layered approach to countering hate speech that could incite genocide and other crimes against humanity is needed, given the limits of legislation and the imperative to preserve freedom of expression, the United Nations official dealing with the issue said today.

Senegalese legal expert appointed UN special adviser on prevention of genocide

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Adama Dieng of Senegal, currently serving as Registrar of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), as his Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide.