"Urgent moral duty" to prevent the "carnage" of terror: UN chief

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Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

Member States of the United Nations have an "urgent moral duty" to act together and prevent the "carnage" of terrorism.

That was the call from the organization's chief Ban Ki-moon, to the General Assembly during the 5th Review of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy, on Thursday.

Matthew Wells has more.

Speaking on the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the global strategy, the Secretary-General described how terrorists had seized the initiative across a "vast swathe" of territory in recent years.

The "unforeseen challenges" of new conflicts, foreign terrorist fighters fuelled by new technologies and heightened media exposure, meant that counter-terrorism efforts had fallen short.

Mr Ban said he was concerned about a "growing drift" towards xenophobia, homophobia and "outright racism" in many countries that terrorists could exploit in order to gain recruits.

"We have an urgent moral duty to do all we can to prevent and end this carnage, to take collective preventive action against terrorism in the spirit of the UN Charter is the only way to secure peace and prosperity for succeeding generations. I appeal to you to show the world your resolve, by acting in unison and adopting a resolution by consensus."

The President of the General Assembly said that a debate on the global strategy would take place on Friday morning.

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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