This year, the 9 December International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims  of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime marks the 70th anniversary of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, the first human rights treaty adopted by the General Assembly.

The Convention signifies the international community’s commitment to “never again” and provides the first international legal definition of “genocide,” widely adopted at national and international levels. It also establishes a duty for State Parties to prevent and punish the crime of genocide.

An ongoing appeal by the Secretary-General and the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide encourages the 45 Member States that are not yet a party to the Convention to ratify or accede to it.

 The whole text of message of the Secretary-General

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