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Secretary-General António Guterres said, “When it comes to combatting terrorism, we must stand as one against this global threat. And we are.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 19 JUNE 2023, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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1.Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

19 JUNE 2023, NEW YORK CITY

2.Wide shot, conference room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“When it comes to combatting terrorism, we must stand as one against this global threat. And we are.”
4. Wide shot, conference room
5. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“First — we must continue strengthening the central tool in our efforts: the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy. I’m deeply grateful to the co-facilitators, Canada and Tunisia, for their strong leadership throughout the eighth review process. And I look forward to the General Assembly’s consensus adoption of the review resolution of the Strategy later this week.”
6.Wide shot, conference room
7. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Prevention means more than just foiling attacks and disrupting plots. It means addressing the underlying conditions that can lead to terrorism in the first place — such as poverty, discrimination, disaffection, weak infrastructure and institutions and gross violations of human rights. Prevention also means inclusion. We must ensure that counter-terrorism strategies and measures reflect all communities, constituencies and voices — especially minorities, women and young people — and do not hinder civil society in carrying out their vital work. And prevention means placing human rights and the rule of law at the core of all that we do.”
8.Wide shot, conference room
9. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“In fact, human rights can be the greatest weapon we have in fighting terrorism. Evidence shows that counter-terrorism efforts that are solely security-focused rather than human-rights based can inadvertently increase marginalization and exclusion, thereby perpetuating the same conditions that can lead to terrorism in the first place. We need to ground firmly all counter-terrorism policies and initiatives within human rights. This must include repatriation efforts.”
10.Wide shot, conference room
11. SOUNDBITE (French) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“I remain deeply grateful to Member States for their contributions to the work of the United Nations. But we are facing a worsening funding crunch, with assessed contributions to our organization going unpaid. This shortfall will have serious implications — both for our peacekeeping efforts and for the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism. I call on all Member States to fulfill their funding commitments and ensure that we have the resources to help take on this common challenge.”
12. Wide shot, conference room

STORYLINE:

Secretary-General António Guterres said, “When it comes to combatting terrorism, we must stand as one against this global threat. And we are.”

Speaking at a high-level conference on counter-terrorism today (19 Jun) in New York, Guterres said that through the Global Counter-Terrorism Coordination Compact, the UN is providing practical, coordinated support to Member States, and helping countries implement the Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy. It is also working closely with civil society, including victims of terrorism, religious leaders, women and young people to shape counter-terrorism responses, policies and programmes.

The UN chief added that the UN is assisting regional organizations like the African Union in key areas like prevention, legal assistance, investigations, prosecutions, reintegration and rehabilitation, and human rights protection. It also jointly established the Independent High-Level Panel on Security and Development in the Sahel.

Guterres spoke about four areas of focus to build on the progress that has been made.

“First — we must continue strengthening the central tool in our efforts: the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy.”

He added that he is “deeply grateful to the co-facilitators, Canada and Tunisia, for their strong leadership throughout the eighth review process. And I look forward to the General Assembly’s consensus adoption of the review resolution of the Strategy later this week.”

Second is to focus on the most effective approach to ending this menace: prevention, Guterres reiterated.

He explained, “Prevention means more than just foiling attacks and disrupting plots. It means addressing the underlying conditions that can lead to terrorism in the first place — such as poverty, discrimination, disaffection, weak infrastructure and institutions and gross violations of human rights.”

The UN chief continued, “Prevention also means inclusion. We must ensure that counter-terrorismstrategies and measures reflect all communities, constituencies and voices — especially minorities, women and young people — and do not hinder civil society in carrying out their vital work. And prevention means placing human rights and the rule of law at the core of all that we do.”

The third focus is human rights.

Guterres said, “In fact, human rights can be the greatest weapon we have in fighting terrorism. Evidence shows that counter-terrorism efforts that are solely security-focused rather than human-rights based can inadvertently increase marginalization and exclusion, thereby perpetuating the same conditions that can lead to terrorism in the first place.”

He reiterated, “We need to ground firmly all counter-terrorism policies and initiatives within human rights. This must include repatriation efforts.”

On funding, the UN chief said, “I remain deeply grateful to Member States for their contributions to the work of the United Nations. But we are facing a worsening funding crunch, with assessed contributions to our organization going unpaid.”

Guterres added, “This shortfall will have serious implications — both for our peacekeeping efforts and for the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism.”

The UN chief called on all Member States to “fulfill their funding commitments and ensure that we have the resources to help take on this common challenge.”
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