The Honorable Lloyd Axworthy
President of the University of Winnipeg and
Former Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs
“The Responsibility to Protect: Prescription for a
“... the whole point about R2P, responsibility to protect,
was that we were
basically redefining the notion of
boundary beyond sovereignty.”
"It is time to re-examine the fundamental issue of how the international community must challenge the notion of state sovereignty in order to manage transcendent global problems ranging from security against global underworlds, to environmental convulsions, and world-wide pandemics. Responsibility to protect is an idea that can inform the discussion on how to build a global public domain."
The Honorable Lloyd Axworthy, Ph.D., who served in Canada's Parliament for 20 years and in several Cabinet positions including Minister of Foreign Affairs, is internationally known for his advancement of the concept of human security as a human right. Some of the specific areas of human security that Axworthy has championed include better protection for civilians (particularly women and children) in armed conflict, more efficient peacekeeping operations and more humane use of sanctions.
Axworthy was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for his work on the Ottawa Convention, a landmark global treaty banning anti-personnel landmines. For his efforts in establishing the International Criminal Court and the Protocol on Child Soldiers, he received the North-South Institute's Peace Award. He also received the Senator Patrick J. Leahy Award, presented by the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation, in recognition of his leadership in the international effort to outlaw landmines, to end the use of child soldiers and to bring war criminals to justice.
Currently the president of the University of Winnipeg and a board member of several companies and organizations, Axworthy was recently named U.N. Special Envoy to Ethiopia-Eritrea to assist in implementing a peace agreement between the countries.
Updated on 2/10/2005