What would the world look like if the UN system of peace and security functioned as intended? 

THE STATUS QUO IS NOT WORKING

2019 saw the greatest year-on-year increase in global defence spending in ten years. After decades of progress, armed conflicts are again proliferating. The UN system is currently unable to carry out its core functions. "There is no global 9-1-1".

REIMAGINING A FUNCTIONAL SYSTEM OF INTERNATIONAL PEACE AND SECURITY

The veto is a central feature of the UN Security Council. It need not, however, impede the Council's mandate to maintain peace.

ENSURING INTERNATIONAL ACCOUNTABILITY FOR THE USE OF FORCE BY STATES

Inter-state aggression, the "crime of all crimes" prosecuted after World War II, has finally returned in the form of an amendment to the International Criminal Court's Rome Statute. Each state is free to decide whether to accept the Court's jurisdiction over this offence. They need an incentive to do so.

The Asia-Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, the University of Ottawa and the International Rule of Law Initiative have co-sponsored The Powers of the UN General Assembly to Prevent and Respond to Atrocity Crimes: A Guidance Document