UN chief thanks Saudi Arabia for donating $100 million to Counter Terrorism Centre

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks to journalists. UN Photo/Mark Garten

Governments around the world have been urged to donate funds to the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre.

The appeal was made on Wednesday by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon who thanked the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for donating $100 million for the Centre.

The Secretary-General said the Centre, which was launched in 2011 with an initial $10 million contribution by Saudi Arabia, has supported 31 projects around the world.

The General Assembly, Mr. Ban added, has recognized this important work and encouraged Member States to provide more support.

The United States, the United Kingdom and Germany have responded to that call, Secretary-General Ban told reporters.

"I urge other Member States to follow the example of Saudi Arabia by investing in the Centre's efforts. I am confident that this timely contribution will make a real difference at national, regional and global levels. The recent disturbing upsurge of terrorism in a number of countries and regions of the world, most dramatically demonstrated by the so-called "Islamic State" in Iraq, underscores the challenges before us." (28")

The United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre is located in the Department of Political Affairs.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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