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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres launches new framework to strengthen fight against terrorism

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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has launched a new
framework to combat the scourge of international terrorism and
coordinate efforts across the peace and security, humanitarian,
human rights and sustainable development sectors. Termed the UN
Global Counter-Terrorism Coordination Compact, the framework is
an agreement between the UN chief, 36 organizational entities,
the International Criminal Police Organisation (INTERPOL) and
the World Customs Organisation, to better serve the needs of
Member States when it comes to tackling the scourge of
international terrorism.

Speaking at the first meeting of the Compact’s Coordination
Committee here Thursday, Guterres highlighted the need to
ensure full respect for international human rights standards
and rule of law in countering terrorism. “Policies that limit
human rights only end up alienating the very communities they
aim to protect and which normally have every interest in
fighting extremism,” he said, adding that as a result “such
policies can effectively drive people into the hands of
terrorists and undermine our efforts on prevention.”

Guterres said that despite recent successes against the ISIS
and its affiliates, the threat posed by returning and
relocating fighters, as well as from individuals inspired by
them, remains high and has a global reach. He cited this year’s
Global Terrorism Index released by the Institute for Economic
and Peace, which indicates that despite a 27 pr cent fall in
the number of deaths from acts of terrorism worldwide, the
impact of terrorism remains widespread, with 67 countries
experiencing deadly attacks.

“This is the second highest recorded number of countries in the
past twenty years,” he said. “Terrorist organization like
Da’esh and Al Qaida continue to twist religion to serve their
ends. At the same time, neo-Nazi and far right groups are also
using the Internet as a platform to mobilize support across
borders, exploit economic anxieties, radicalize, recruit and
carry out attacks. It is our duty to protect communities from
violent extremist groups and their hate-speech whoever they
are,” he said.

He also urged greater vigilance against the misuse of emerging
technologies such as artificial intelligence, drones and 3D
(three-dimensional) printing, as well as against the use of
hate-speech and distortion of religious beliefs by extremist
and terrorist groups. According to the UN Office of
Counter-Terrorism, the Coordination Committee will oversee the
implementation of the Compact and monitor its implementation.
It is chaired by UN Under-Secretary-General for
counter-terrorism, Vladimir Voronkov.

At its meeting, the Coordination Committee also discussed
strategic priorities for the next two years, based on the sixth
review of the Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy, relevant
Security Council resolutions and UN Counter-Terrorism Executive
Directorate (CTED) assessments as well as Member States
requests for technical help.

It also looked into the organization of work and ways to
improve the delivery of an ‘All-of-UN’ capacity-building
support to Member States. The UN Global Counter-Terrorism
Coordination Compact Task Force will replace the
Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force, which was
established in 2005 to strengthen UN system-wide coordination
and coherence of counter-terrorism efforts.

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