The importance of addressing veto misuse was clear during the event:
Dr Simon Adams, Executive Director of the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, who moderated the discussion said:
"There has been a growing momentum from governments and civil society around the world calling for veto restraint."
Jean-Marie Guéhenno, President and CEO of the International Crisis Group added:
"Veto has too often become an excuse to stop the conversation and stop efforts to find solution."
The cost of veto misuse was starkly highlighted by Salil Shetty, Secretary-General of Amnesty International:
“It is clear to us that use of the veto by P5 has blocked the UNSC fulfilling [its] core function to protect populations.”
He also highlighted the danger of an inaction:
“If you have a global organisation that is not able to solve global problems, people are going to look for bilateral methods.”