UN / COUNTER-TERRORISM VORONKOV PRESSER

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“The appeal of terrorist tactics is growing across the ideological spectrum cultivated and accelerated in cyberspace,” the UN counter-terrorism chief said to reporters after the high-level conference ended in New York. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 30 JUNE 2021, NEW YORK CITY

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1.Exterior shot, UN Headquarters

30 JUNE 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2.Med shot, Voronkov and spokesperson at the podium in press room
3.SOUNDBITE (English) Vladimir Voronkov, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Office:
“New technologies are quickly but unevenly transforming societies. This unevenness could exacerbate the conditions conducive to terrorism, including the divides and grievances, the terrorist exploit, along age, gender, geographic and socio-economic lines. Ensuring that no one is left behind or feels threatened by technological transformation is the key to build resilience and prevent terrorism.”
4.Cutaway, reporters
SOUNDBITE (English) Vladimir Voronkov, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Office:
“The appeal of terrorist tactics is growing across the ideological spectrum cultivated and accelerated in cyberspace. While the main threat globally continues to emanate from ISIL and al Qaeda, xenophobic, racist and other forms of non-tolerant and violent extremist movements have become the number one national security threat for several countries with increasing evidence of transnational linkages.”
5.Cutaway, reporters
6.SOUNDBITE (English) Vladimir Voronkov, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Office:
“I think it's also a very good indication that counter terrorism is a topical issue for the Internet companies, and they are eager to cooperate with the United Nations in this regard. And I think it's, again, very good signal from the private companies especially so influential is these two companies to cooperate with us to find a common language, how to address better the scourge of terrorism and how to prevent better from radicalization and violent extremism, especially young generation.”
7.Wide shot, press room

STORYLINE:

Convened by the Secretary-General António Guterres, the second United Nations high-level conference of Counter-Terrorism Agencies on “Countering and Preventing Terrorism in the Age of Transformative Technologies: Addressing the Challenges of the New Decade” concluded on Wednesday (30 Jun).

Speaking to reporters following the closing of the conference, Vladimir Voronkov, the Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Office (UNOCT), said: “New technologies are quickly but unevenly transforming societies. This unevenness could exacerbate the conditions conducive to terrorism, including the divides and grievances, the terrorist exploit, along age, gender, geographic and socio-economic lines. Ensuring that no one is left behind or feels threatened by technological transformation is the key to build resilience and prevent terrorism.”

The conference gathered world leaders, policymakers, practitioners and experts to discuss current and evolving counter-terrorism challenges in the new digital decade and assess the impact of new and emerging technologies on counter-terrorism efforts, from harnessing their potential to mitigating unintended risks.

“The appeal of terrorist tactics is growing across the ideological spectrum cultivated and accelerated in cyberspace,” Voronkov said. “While the main threat globally continues to emanate from ISIL and al Qaeda, xenophobic, racist and other forms of non-tolerant and violent extremist movements have become the number one national security threat for several countries with increasing evidence of transnational linkages.”

The Under-Secretary-General highlighted the participation of internet companies at the conference, notably Microsoft and Facebook.

“They are eager to cooperate with the United Nations in this regard,” Voronkov said. “And I think it's, again, very good signal from the private companies especially so influential is these two companies to cooperate with us to find a common language, how to address better the scourge of terrorism and how to prevent better from radicalization and violent extremism, especially young generation.”

Organized by the UNOCT, the conference featured 13 interactive sessions in both hybrid and online format, convening almost 1,000 participants from 147 Member States, 28 international and regional organizations, 88 civil society, academic, and private sector organizations, and 38 United Nations entities over the course of three days.

The conference aimed to strengthen international and regional cooperation, promote the sharing of expertise and experiences, and jointly address critical thematic issues in counter-terrorism. Participants shared insights on using digital tools and other technologies for prevention and highlighted the imperative of upholding human rights and promoting age and gender sensitive responses to counter-terrorism in the age of transformative technologies.

The high-level conference was a part of the Counter-Terrorism Week held every two years at the United Nations, coinciding with the General Assembly’s biennial review of the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy. UNOCT organized a Virtual Counter-Terrorism Week in July 2020 due to restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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