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All are invited to join Prof. the Hon. Gareth Evans, AC, QC, the world's foremost authority on The Responsibility to Protect (R2P), for this free Public Lecture and Dialogue at 6pm on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at the SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue in Vancouver.
See the full text of the public lecture delivered by Professor the Hon Gareth Evans, AC, QC, Chancellor and an Honorary Professorial Fellow of the Australian National University and the 2016-2017 Simons Visiting Chair in International Law and Human Security at Simon Fraser University, in Vancouver, Canada, on September 15, 2016.

Public Lecture by Professor the Hon Gareth Evans, AC, QC
Chancellor and an Honorary Professorial Fellow of the Australian National University; and 2016-2017 Simons Visiting Chair in International Law and Human Security at Simon Fraser University
Simon Fraser University
Vancouver, Canada
September 15, 2016

Abstract:  Why should Canadians, Australians or anyone else care about human rights atrocities, health epidemics, environmental catastrophes, weapons proliferation or any other problems afflicting faraway countries when they do not have any direct or immediate impact on our own physical security or economic prosperity, viz. our traditionally defined national interests?   Are concerns about ‘value’ issues of this kind just optional add-ons in the conduct of states’ foreign policy?  Gareth Evans will spell out in this lecture his long-held belief, which has its origins in the Pearsonian liberal tradition, and on which he acted as Australia’s foreign minister, that in the contemporary world there is a third kind of national interest which every country should pursue – that in being, and being seen to be, a good international citizen. His argument – which he will illustrate with reference to issues such as nuclear disarmament, aid policy, the treatment of asylum seekers, and the responsibility to protect populations against genocide and other crimes against humanity  – is that acting as a good international citizen wins hard-headed reputational and reciprocal-action returns, and as such bridges the gulf between idealism and realism by giving realists good reasons for behaving like idealists.

A national youth-led consultation is being held on the United Nations's 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Youth are convening to discuss and asses the International Assistance Review development policy issues of Global Affairs Canada.
Genocide is, at its core, the crime of seeking to destroy a national, racial, religious or ethnic group as such, in whole or in part.

April 23 is the Annual Day of Remembrance and Action against Mass Atrocities and this month marks the 20th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda.

April 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide.

The Simons Foundation Peace Leader, Frank Chalk, participated in the BBC Radio 4 broadcast of "Root