UN / TERRORIST ACTS

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“Terrorism does not exist in a vacuum,” said Weixiong Chen, Acting Executive Director of the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 09 AUGUST 2022, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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1. Wide shot, exterior, UN Headquarters

09 AUGUST 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. Wide shot, Voronkov being seated at the Security Council
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Vladimir Voronkov, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT):
“Da’esh and its affiliates continue to exploit conflict dynamics, governance fragilities, and inequality to incite, plan and organize terrorist attacks. They continue to exploit pandemic-related restrictions and misuse digital spaces to intensify efforts to recruit sympathizers and attract resources. The group has also significantly increased the use of unmanned aerial systems in the past year.”
5. Wide shot, Security Council
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Vladimir Voronkov, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT):
“The persistence of the threat posed by Da’esh, as well as the magnitude of the challenges it poses, underline the importance of non-military measures to counter terrorism and to address its consequences.
7. Wide shot, Security Council
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Vladimir Voronkov, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT):
“Resolving the conflicts in which Da’esh and its Al-Qaida forebear thrive is necessary for creating the conditions to bring about their defeat. But if we are to rid ourselves of this scourge, we must also address the vulnerabilities, societal grievances, and inequality exploited by the group in the first place, as well as promoting and protecting human rights and the rule of law.”
9. Wide shot, Security Council
10. SOUNDBITE (Chinese) Weixiong Chen, Acting Executive Director, Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED):
“Terrorism does not exist in a vacuum. We face a range of overlapping global challenges that risk complicating our counter-terrorism responses and exacerbating the threat posed by Da’esh and other terrorist groups.”
11. Pan right, Security Council members
12. SOUNDBITE (Chinese) Weixiong Chen, Acting Executive Director, Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED):
“Enhanced multilateralism, international cooperation, and global solidarity is the only way to counter a global terrorist threat like Da’esh.”
13. Wide shot, Security Council

STORYLINE:
“Terrorism does not exist in a vacuum,” said Weixiong Chen, Acting Executive Director of the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED).

Briefing the Security Council today (9 Aug) on threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts, Weixiong Chen noted that “we face a range of overlapping global challenges that risk complicating our counter-terrorism responses and exacerbating the threat posed by Da’esh and other terrorist groups.”

He added that the connected global food crisis could act as a further catalyst for spreading terrorism and violent extremism conducive to terrorism.

The threat posed by Da’esh and its affiliates remains both global and evolving.

Despite its recent leadership losses, Da’esh continues to take advantage of conditions conducive to the spread of terrorism to recruit and organize and execute complex attacks.

According to CTED’s Acting Executive Director, the exploitation of conflict-related fragilities remains at the heart of this strategy, notably in Iraq, the Syrian Arab Republic, and across the African continent.

The situation in Africa, notably West and Central Africa and Mozambique, has become more concerning.

Chen said that “enhanced multilateralism, international cooperation, and global solidarity is the only way to counter a global terrorist threat like Da’esh.”

Also briefing at the Security Council, Vladimir Voronkov, Under-Secretary-General, United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT), said that Da’esh and its affiliates “continue to exploit conflict dynamics, governance fragilities, and inequality to incite, plan and organize terrorist attacks. They continue to exploit pandemic-related restrictions and misuse digital spaces to intensify efforts to recruit sympathizers and attract resources. The group has also significantly increased the use of unmanned aerial systems in the past year.”

He added that although their active presence and activity are observed mostly in societies affected by violent conflict, Da’esh and its affiliates also seek to inspire or direct attacks in non-conflict zones to incite fear and project strength.

In Europe, Da’esh has called on sympathizers to carry out attacks by exploiting the easing of pandemic-related restrictions and the conflict in Ukraine.

Despite the persistency of the threat, joint efforts by the Member States continue to yield positive results.

Da’esh and its affiliates have continued to suffer significant losses in leadership, including the loss of the Da’esh leader in February, as the Under-Secretary-General noted in his last briefing.

Moreover, he said, while Da’esh leadership still manages between 25-50 million dollars in assets, this amount is significantly less than the estimates of merely three years ago.

However, Voronkov highlighted that the progress in repatriating foreign terrorist fighters and their family members from camps is limited.

Tens of thousands of individuals, including more than 27,000 children from Iraq and some 60 other countries, remain subject to security challenges and humanitarian hardship, compounded by recent reports of increased violence, including dozens of assassinations.

Those individuals, many of whom are children who did not choose to be there, also remain deprived of basic rights and are at risk of radicalization and recruitment.

Voronkov urged the Member States to consider the long-lasting implications of not taking prompt action to address this dangerous situation.

He also reiterated the Secretary-General’s repeated calls for Member States to further their efforts in facilitating the safe, voluntary, and dignified repatriation of all individuals stuck in those camps and other facilities.

The Under-Secretary-General noted that “the persistence of the threat posed by Da’esh, as well as the magnitude of the challenges it poses, underline the importance of non-military measures to counter terrorism and to address its consequences.”

“Resolving the conflicts in which Da’esh and its Al-Qaida forebear thrive is necessary for creating the conditions to bring about their defeat,” he said.

“But if we are to rid ourselves of this scourge, we must also address the vulnerabilities, societal grievances, and inequality exploited by the group in the first place, as well as promoting and protecting human rights and the rule of law,” he concluded.
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