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Institution:   

Budapest Centre for the International Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities

EDU Accreditation:

14th Nov 2014   -  15th Nov 2018

In 2006, a Steering Committee chaired by David Hamburg, President Emeritus of the Carnegie Corporation of New York and Chairman of the United Nations Advisory Committee on Genocide Prevention, and Javier Solana, High Representative of the Common Foreign and Security Policy of the European Union, recommended the creation of an International Centre for the Prevention of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity in Europe. The Hungarian Government responded in a pro-active manner to this recommendation by preparing a Feasibility Study in 2008-2009.

Based on the outcome of the study, the Central European University and the Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church decided to establish the Foundation for the International Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities. It was registered in Budapest on 14th January 2011.

The Budapest Centre being the operational body of the Foundation is a unique non-governmental international entity with expertise in the fields of conflict prevention, human rights, international and humanitarian law. The current staff is comprised of diplomats, researchers, international lawyers, analysts and dialogue facilitators.

It acts as an independent and impartial partner of Governments, the United Nations, regional organizations, the European Union and other international actors to support and complement their activities through providing the specific knowledge and long year experience of its staff.

The Budapest Centre, in collaboration with partners of the Visegrad Group and the UN Office of the Special Adviser for Prevention of Genocide, is providing a four-semester training programme consisting of three-day workshops in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and the Slovak Republic for members of the legislations, representatives of governments, academia, students and civil society.

The training program is directed at Visegrad Group country officials and government agencies, and has a specific focus on training military and police forces about prevention strategies. The aim of the training program is to raise awareness, improve practical expertise through the sharing of best practices, generate and develop preventative capabilities and cultures, and to allow government and military participants to put into practice the theoretical knowledge gained during the workshops through concluding each workshop with sophisticated context-based computer simulation exercises in participation with ‘Whitlock&Harding’ from the Negotiation and Conflict Resolution School at Colombia University.

The Secretary General of EDU described the decision of the selected Assessment Committee members as;

"An essential undertaking for promoting greater awareness of the needs for training and coursework in genocide prevention" H.E. Irving Le-Vance


website: www.genocideprevention.eu


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