Assembly President stresses need for strong resolve, action to defeat terrorism
“Only through strong political will, and by implementation and delivery, can we realize our hopes of a world free of terrorism,” Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser said as Member States began the third review of the Strategy.
Adopted by the Assembly in September 2006, the Strategy is based on four pillars: tackling the conditions conducive to the spread of terrorism; preventing and combating terrorism; building States’ capacity to prevent and combat terrorism and to strengthen the role of the UN system in that regard; ensuring respect for human rights for all and the rule of law as the fundamental basis for the fight against terrorism.
“The UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy is a watershed document in the international community’s fight against terrorism in all its forms and manifestations,” said Mr. Al-Nasser, noting that it is “comprehensive in scope, preventative in nature and integrated in approach.”
He voiced the hope that the two-day review will provide the necessary momentum towards the full implementation of the Strategy on the ground. In particular, he underscored the importance of regional cooperation in global counter-terrorism efforts.
“Several regions around the world have demonstrated the advantage that regional cooperation brings to counter-terrorism activities. We need to learn from those experiences, and see how we can use improved regional collaboration to strengthen counter-terrorism work, both at the national and international levels,” he stated.
“In short, this requires multi-national efforts that go beyond traditional and localized approaches. No nation, acting alone, no matter how powerful it is, can prevent every threat from being carried out.”
The UN’s counter-terrorism framework also includes the Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force, which facilitates coordination of anti-terrorism efforts with international, regional and sub-regional organizations and promotes coherence in the implementation of the Strategy at the national, regional and global levels. Members States can request assistance from the task force, especially in capacity-building.