UN / COUNTER TERRORISM

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Secretary-General António Guterres said terrorist groups’ advances in Africa “have been especially alarming,” and stressed that “supporting African countries to prevent and counter the threats posed by these groups must be a global priority for us all.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 28 JUNE 2021, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

28 JUNE 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Secretary-General António Guterres walks up to General Assembly rostrum
3. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Al-Qaida and ISIL have continued to exploit social grievances and gender stereotypes to inspire lone actors and co-opt other groups. Their advances in Africa have been especially alarming. Supporting African countries to prevent and counter the threats posed by these groups must be a global priority for us all.”
4. Med shot, Under-Secretary-General for Counter-Terrorism, Vladimir Voronkov
5. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“More resources need to be marshalled towards addressing the grievances that terrorists exploit, standing up to hate speech and discrediting terrorist narratives. And victims and survivors have a key role to play. Youth should also be at the centre of these efforts.”
6. Med shot, Voronkov
7. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“We know that when counter-terrorism is used to infringe upon the rights and freedoms of people, the result is more alienation within communities and stronger terrorist narratives. We must address this by ensuring that security approaches are non-discriminatory and abide by the rule of law. Further, we need to prioritize justice and support to victims of terrorism.”
8. Med shot, Voronkov
9. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Counter-terrorism needs to rise to the challenges and opportunities of transformative technologies. COVID-19 has accelerated our dependence on cyberspace. We need to nurture technological innovation -- but also to mitigate its growing risks. The spike in cyberattacks and cybercrime since the pandemic should be a wake-up call. Our roadmap for digital cooperation seeks to foster cyber trust, security and inclusion, while recognizing and protecting human rights in the digital domain.”
10. Wide shot, Guterres walks away

STORYLINE:

Secretary-General António Guterres today (28 Jun) said terrorist groups’ advances in Africa “have been especially alarming,” and stressed that “supporting African countries to prevent and counter the threats posed by these groups must be a global priority for us all.”

Speaking at the Opening Session of the High-Level Conference of Heads of Counter-Terrorism, Guterres, said, “Al-Qaida and ISIL have continued to exploit social grievances and gender stereotypes to inspire lone actors and co-opt other groups.”

He said, “more resources need to be marshalled towards addressing the grievances that terrorists exploit, standing up to hate speech and discrediting terrorist narratives. And victims and survivors have a key role to play. Youth should also be at the centre of these efforts.”

The Secretary-General said that when counter-terrorism “is used to infringe upon the rights and freedoms of people, the result is more alienation within communities and stronger terrorist narratives,” adding that, “we must address this by ensuring that security approaches are non-discriminatory and abide by the rule of law. Further, we need to prioritize justice and support to victims of terrorism.”

Guterres said, “COVID-19 has accelerated our dependence on cyberspace,” and noted that “the spike in cyberattacks and cybercrime since the pandemic should be a wake-up call.”

The United Nations roadmap for digital cooperation “seeks to foster cyber trust, security and inclusion, while recognizing and protecting human rights in the digital domain.”

The three-day Second United Nations High-Level Conference of Heads of Counter-Terrorism Agencies of Member States on countering and preventing terrorism in the age of transformative technologies kicked off today with the overall theme of “Countering and Preventing Terrorism in the Age of Transformative Technologies: Addressing the Challenges of the New Decade,” in recognition that terrorists and the criminals who provide them material support
will invariably seek to exploit new technologies to gain an edge over governments.
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