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UN Chuef Stresses Prevention in Counter-Terrorism Speech

UN Chief Stresses Prevention, Support for Victims in Counter-Terrorism Speech

30 October 2017 – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today reiterated the importance of preventing terrorism by addressing its root causes, supporting victims of terrorism and enhancing human rights, in a world where security threats and challenges are rapidly evolving.

Addressing a meeting of the UN Counter-Terrorism Centre Advisory Board, the Secretary-General said that “together with our international partners, we need to respond early and effectively in the cycle of conflict and radicalization and invest more in prevention.”

The Secretary-General noted that the threat of terrorism is “real, complex and transnational,” and necessitates a response that “must be just as serious and shared.”

Pointing to terrorist groups such as Daesh, Al-Qaida, Al-Shabaab and Boko Haram, which he said “continue to inflict a rising toll of death and devastation” by manipulating young minds to exploit real or perceived injustices, Mr. Guterres underscored the importance of the restructured UN counter-terrorism office and its importance in leading UN efforts to counter these challenges and advise Member States on strengthening its efforts.

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He has noted the need to “expand and diversity donor support” and improve transparency in the selection and funding of projects.

The Advisory Board – which is chaired by Saudi Arabia, and includes representatives of 21 other countries – advises the UN Counter-Terrorism Center Executive Director on aspects such as budget needs and projects.

The current counter-terrorism strategy will be reviewed next June, Mr. Guterres said, with meetings to be held in the lead-up to support “a spirit of solidarity and trust.”

Among other issues noted in his speech, he stressed the importance of bringing perpetrators to justice and supporting the rights of victims.


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