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Vancouver launch of the Will to Intervene (W2I) Project Report Mobilizing the Will to Intervene: Leadership and Action to Prevent Mass Atrocities Civic Dialogue on Mobilizing the Will to Intervene Friday November 27, 2009 The W2I Dialogue was convened by The Simons Foundation, the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (MIGS) at Concordia University, Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue and Canada’s World, ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS THE SIMONS FOUNDATION is a private charita
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    Vancouver launch of the Will to Intervene (W2I) Project Report Mobilizing the Will to Intervene: Leadership and Action to Prevent Mass Atrocities  Civic Dialogue on Mobilizing the Will to Intervene Friday November 27, 2009 The W2I Dialogue was convened by The Simons Foundation, the Montreal Institute for Genocide andHuman Rights Studies (MIGS) at Concordia University, Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogueand Canada’s World,   2 A CKNOWLEDGEMENTS   THE SIMONS FOUNDATION is a private charitable foundation based in Vancouver, Canada,with a clear mission focused on nuclear disarmament, international law and human security. TheFoundation is actively engaged in promoting positive change through education in peace,disarmament, international law and human rights, and also supports the local arts and culturalcommunity in Vancouver. The MONTREAL INSTITUTE FOR GENOCIDE AND HUMAN RIGHTS STUDIES is a researchcentre of the Faculty of Arts & Science of Concordia University. MIGS’ work is cutting -edge.Peace and conflict resolution are its primary goals. The Institute seeks to not only uncover theunderlying reasons for genocide and other crimes against humanity, but also to put forthconcrete policy recommendations to resolve conflicts before they intensify and spiral into massatrocity crimes. The CENTRE FOR DIALOGUE at Simon Fraser University offers undergraduate courses thatuse dialogue to focus student attention on public issues and effect positive change throughinterdisciplinary actions in the community. The uniqueUndergraduate Semester in Dialogueexplores a different topic each semester. The centre also convenes dialogue events onimportant public issues. SFU research and other resources support the advancement ofdialogue, and provide expert facilitation services to groups interested in initiating discussions.  CANADA’S WORLD is a collaboration of many academic institutions, organizations andindividuals who seek to articulate and advance a new vision for Canada in the world.     3 T ABLE OF C ONTENTS   A CKNOWLEDGEMENTS ............................................................................................................................................. 2   I NTRODUCTION ......................................................................................................................................................... 4   T HE W ILL TO I NTERVENE P ROJECT .......................................................................................................................... 4   E XECUTIVE SUMMARY OF THE W2I REPORT ............................................................................................................. 5   K EY POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS ......................................................................................................................... 5   T HE CONVENERS ...................................................................................................................................................... 7   W HAT IS A DIALOGUE ? ............................................................................................................................................. 9   A GENDA ................................................................................................................................................................... 9   P ARTICIPANTS ’ HOPES AND CONCERNS AROUND THE W ILL TO I NTERVENE R EPORT .............................................. 10   Q UESTIONS AND A NSWERS .................................................................................................................................... 16   R ECOMMENDATIONS ON HOW TO ADVANCE THE W2I ............................................................................................. 18   C ONCRETE WAYS THE PARTICIPANTS WILL ADVANCE THE W2I .............................................................................. 20   C ONCLUSION AND NEXT STEPS .............................................................................................................................. 21   A PPENDIX ............................................................................................................................................................... 22     4 I NTRODUCTION   The Simons Foundation inpartnership with the Montreal Institute forGenocide and Human Rights Studies(MIGS) at Concordia University, Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue and Canada’s World convened a Dialogue withrepresentatives of the media, businessleaders, government representatives,academics and relevant civil societyorganizations on generating the Will toIntervene to Prevent Mass Atrocities.Professor Frank Chalk, Director ofMIGS and Co- Director of MIGS’s Will to Intervene Project (W2I) led the discussionon the most effective ways to mobilize localsupport and generate the Will to Interveneto prevent mass atrocities. The Dialoguewas chaired by Dr. Mark Winston, AcademicDirector of SFU ’s Centre for Dialogue, andmoderated by Ms. Shauna Sylvester,Direct or of Canada’s World.  The Dialogue was one of threeevents held during the two-day VancouverLaunch of the W2I Project report, Mobilizing the Will to Intervene: Leadership and Action to Prevent Mass Atrocities  . Thefundamental goal of the report is to identifystrategic and practical steps to raise thecapacity of government officials, legislators,civil servants, non-governmentalorganizations, advocacy groups, journalists,and media owners and managers to buildthe political will to prevent mass atrocities.A session for academics andstudents focusing on the findings and policyproposals of the report was held onThursday, November 26th at the Morris J.Wosk Centre for Dialogue. A Public Lectureby Professor Frank Chalk highlighting MIGScase studies of Canadian and US policiestowards the 1994 genocide in Rwanda andthe 1999 events in Kosovo was held thatevening. T HE W ILL TO I NTERVENE P ROJECT   W2I is a crucial initiative that focuses onthe prevention of genocide and other crimesagainst humanity. After the terrible events thattook place in Rwanda and Kosovo, genocideexperts seek to understand how to pressurepolitical leaders to stop crimes against humanitybefore they escalate into genocide. The goal ofW2I is to understand how to operationalize theprinciples of The Responsibility to Protect (R2P),  the Canadian-sponsored Report of theInternational Commission on Intervention andStates Sovereignty. Research focused on how tobetter mobilize domestic political will in Canadaand the United States. Furthermore, practicaltools will be designed for nongovernmentalorganizations, the media, interested groups, andthe general public so they can effectivelypressure governments to take action to preventfuture genocides and other crimes againsthumanity. The W2I Project was developed jointlyby Lieutenant-General Roméo A. Dallaire, (Ret’d), Senator, and MIGS at ConcordiaUniversity. General Dallaire, Canada’s leading advocate of peacemaking, peacekeeping andpeace- building in the world’s war  -torn regions,brings his experience in Rwanda to the project.He is Co-director of W2I and the Senior Fellow atMIGS, which supports his work with the UnitedNations Advisory Committee on GenocidePrevention.
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