UN / COUNTER-TERRORISM

04-Nov-2021 00:01:54
20 years after the adoption of Security Council resolution 1373, the Executive Director of the Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC) Michèle Coninsx said the resolution “remains as relevant as it was on the day of its adoption” as “the terrorist threat persists” and has “sought to survive and evolve.” UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 04 NOVEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE – NEW YORK CITY

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04 NOVEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY

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3. SOUNDBITE (English) Michèle Coninsx, Executive Director, Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC) Executive Directorate:
“Resolution 1373 remains as relevant as it was on the day of its adoption. And this means that the terrorist threat persists and that despite all our efforts over the globe, it sought to survive and evolve.”
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5. SOUNDBITE (English) Michèle Coninsx, Executive Director, Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC) Executive Directorate:
“The trends have evolved, and one of those trends – indeed – that we see more and more, the use of new technologies for terrorist purposes. We, 20 years ago, didn’t have our cell phones and have a connection to social media, and now it’s an integral part of our lives. Not to forget that under the impulse, or thanks to, or because of COVID-19, we are even more driven to our home offices and more reliable on the online possibilities.”
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7. SOUNDBITE (English) Michèle Coninsx, Executive Director, Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC) Executive Directorate:
“There are a lot of concerns we see that ISIL / Al Qaeda affiliated groups are expanding and are becoming a real threat. I always refer to them as an oil stain which is taking forms never seen before, and this a specific matter of concern that needs to be contained. The only way in doing so is to join forces to make sure that we target and focus our forces in relation to the identified gaps, fragilities, and risks, and that we make sure that technical assistance and capacity building is sent to those spots in a minimum of time.”
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STORYLINE
20 years after the adoption of Security Council resolution 1373, the Executive Director of the Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC) Michèle Coninsx today (4 Nov) said the resolution “remains as relevant as it was on the day of its adoption” as “the terrorist threat persists” and has “sought to survive and evolve.”

On 28 September 2001, the Security Council adopted resolution 1373 a landmark resolution that defined a broad counter-terrorism mandate for the international community and established the CTC to monitor Member States’ implementation of its provisions.

Coninsx said, “trends have evolved, and one of those trends – indeed – that we see more and more, the use of new technologies for terrorist purposes” and noted that “we, 20 years ago, didn’t have our cell phones and have a connection to social media, and now it’s an integral part of our lives.” She added that “because of COVID-19, we are even more driven to our home offices and more reliable on the online possibilities.”

The CTC Executive Director said, “ISIL / Al Qaeda affiliated groups are expanding and are becoming a real threat” that “needs to be contained.”

She said, “the only way in doing so is to join forces to make sure that we target and focus our forces in relation to the identified gaps, fragilities, and risks, and that we make sure that technical assistance and capacity building is sent to those spots in a minimum of time.”

Since 2001, the United Nations has been at the heart of the global effort to combat terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. The Council has taken the leading role in guiding the evolution of the approaches required to address the threat of terrorism. Security Council resolution 1373 (2001) is the foundation upon which the Council’s active counter-terrorism framework is built and continues to provide the basis for further developments in countering terrorism.

A special meeting at UN Headquarters will adopt a forward-looking stance by considering next steps for the Committee and CTED, as well as the future of counter-terrorism efforts. This will enable Member States, United Nations bodies, international and regional organizations and entities, civil society groups and academia to discuss areas where further engagement and innovation are required, especially with regard to addressing emerging terrorist threats and ways in which the United Nations counter-terrorism efforts and architecture could be further enhanced to help strengthen States’ responses to the global terrorist threat, in compliance with international law, including international human rights, refugee, and humanitarian law.
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