U.N. Security Council Demands Better Cooperation Against Terrorism

United Nations agencies and member nations must step up joint work aimed at fighting terrorism, the U.N. Security Council asserted in a presidential statement yesterday (see GSN, Nov. 14, 2008).

“The Security Council recognizes that terrorism will not be defeated by military force, law enforcement measures and intelligence operations alone,” says the document, which stresses the necessity of rooting out "conditions conducive to the spread of terrorism.”

“So many attacks ... so many lives lost and families destroyed. ... The United Nations has been targeted, too: from Iraq to Pakistan, from Algeria to Afghanistan,” U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon added.

"Terrorism may be a gathering storm, but the international response is gathering steam," Ban said, referring to U.N. efforts over the past five years to bolster operations, improve internal communication and work with outside international and local entities to combat terrorism.

Fighting terrorism necessitates work in policing and ensuring stability as well as in teaching, bolstering economic activity, fostering communication between disparate cultural groups and learning about factors that draw prompt violent activity, he said.

Ban urged further augmentation of legal tools and Security Council resolutions for combating terrorism, and he called for continued exchanges of counterterrorism best practices and related knowledge.

In addition, counterterrorism efforts must respect human rights and existing legal frameworks, he said (U.N. release I, Sept. 27).

The United Nations was scheduled today to begin a four-day regional meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam, on implementation of Security Council Resolution 1540, which requires U.N. states to enact domestic measures to prevent rogue states or actors from obtaining, stockpiling or using weapons of mass destruction and their delivery systems.

Six such workshops have been held around the world in the last two years (U.N. release II, Sept. 27).

September 28, 2010
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United Nations agencies and member nations must step up joint work aimed at fighting terrorism, the U.N. Security Council asserted in a presidential statement yesterday (see GSN, Nov. 14, 2008).