With its “Prevention Policy Planning Programme”, the Budapest Centre wishes to generate international actions and contribute to narrowing the gap between early warning and elaboration and implementation of specific mass atrocity response strategies. While Heads of States and Governments have agreed on the Responsibility to Protect
(R2P) people from mass atrocities, the adequate methodologies, capabilities and mechanisms for timely detection of risks and the development of a ‘continuum of steps’to respond need to be built up within national governments, global and regional organizations. International capacities for the protection of civilians, human rights and prevention of violent conflicts have been increased modestly for the last years. Nevertheless mass atrocity prevention has been considered as a by-product of such efforts,despite the fundamental differences between these approaches.