India welcomes creation of new UN Office of Counter Terrorism
- TheUN General Assembly has approved the establishment of a new office to coordinate counter-terrorism efforts, a move welcomed by India as a “much awaited first step” that will align the world body with needs of the global community in the fight against the menace.
- The 193-member General Assembly adopted a consensus resolution creating theUnited Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism that will be headed by an Under-Secretary- General.
- The office’s creation will align the UN with the changed global reality and needs of the international community.
- India welcomed the creation of the new UN counter-terrorism office, saying it demonstrates the importance member states place on collective and coordinated action on terrorism, which remains the most complex threat faced by the international community.
- India had repeatedly stressed on the need for “coherence and coordination” at the UN in dealing with terrorism. It had lamented those as many as 31 entities within the United Nations deal with some aspect of countering terrorism, calling it a case of “too many cooks spoil the broth”.
The new initiative:
Under the new structure, the Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force Office (CTITF) and the UN Counter- Terrorism Centre (UNCCT), currently in the UN Department of Political Affairs (DPA) will be transferred to the new office, together with their existing staff and all associated regular and extra-budgetary resources. The Secretary-General had proposed that the new Under-Secretary-General would Chair the Task Force and Executive Director of the UN Counter-Terrorism Centre.
Enhancing coordination and coherence across the 38 Counter- Terrorism Implementation Task Force entities, strengthening the delivery of UN counter-terrorism capacity-building assistance to Member States, improving visibility, advocacy and resource mobilization for UN counter-terrorism efforts and ensuring that due priority is given to counter terrorism across the United Nations system and that the important work on preventing violent extremism is firmly rooted in the strategy.