Foundation for the International Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities
In 2006, a Steering Committee chaired by David Hamburg, President Emeritus of the Carnegie Corporation of New York and Chairman of the United Nations Advisory Committee on Genocide Prevention, and Javier Solana, High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy of the European Union, recommended the creation of an International Centre for the Prevention of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity in Europe. The Hungarian Government responded in a pro-active manner to this recommendation by preparing a Feasibility Study in 2008-2009. Based on the outcome of the study, the Central European University and the Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church decided to establish the Foundation for the International Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities. It was registered in Budapest on 14 January 2011.
In the Deed of Foundation, the Founders proclaim their commitment to the protection of human rights and the prevention of genocide and mass atrocities in any area of the world.
The activities of the Foundation will contribute to a pro-active engagement in preventing genocide and mass atrocities and to the institutionalization of the prevention obligations reflected in the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.
The Founders believe that the Foundation will also contribute to spreading a culture of prevention of violent conflicts.
The Foundation is open, without any discrimination based on nationality or any other ground, to any international or regional organization, any state party to the UN Charter, the Government of the Republic of Hungary, any national or foreign natural or legal person or other organization who may join it by way of financial or other contribution or pledge, if it accepts the aims and the rules of the Foundation.
In order to accomplish the purposes and the tasks of the Foundation, the Founders decided to establish a Centre in Budapest.
The Foundation makes every effort to obtain financial support for the Centre and seeks the creation of an endowment fund to provide independence and financial sustainability.