In the lead up to the 20th Anniversary of the entry into force of the Rome Statute, this meeting provides an opportunity for States to re-state their commitment to the Rome Statute, consider the way in which the Court can contribute to accountability and the fight against impunity, and call for universality, by highlighting achievements of the Court since 2002.
Participants are encouraged to focus their interventions on the following areas:
- The relationship between the UNSC and the International Criminal Court.
- Consideration of existing Security Council referrals to the ICC and how best to support these through, for example, appropriate funding for situations referred to the Court by the Council; follow-up by the Council of instances of non-cooperation and non-enforcement of arrest warrants; tasking of UN peacekeeping or peacebuilding missions operating in ICC situations and the imposition of targeted sanctions.
- Identifying and reflecting on the obstacles to Security Council referrals under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations.
- Considering alternatives to Security Council action, including where referrals to the Court have been blocked by the use of the veto or the threat of the use of the veto;
How best to promote universal ratification of the Rome Statute.