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A new counter-terrorism office to be created by UN

  • The UN General Assembly has approved the establishment of a new office to coordinate counter-terrorism efforts that will align the world body with needs of the global community in the fight against the menace.
  • United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism that will be headed by an Under-Secretary- General.
  • 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.

Five main functions

  • Provide leadership on the General Assembly counter-terrorism mandates entrusted to me from across the United Nations system.
  • Enhance coordination and coherence across the 38 Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force entities to ensure the balanced implementation of the four pillars of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy.
  • Strengthen the delivery of United Nations counter-terrorism capacity-building assistance to Member States.
  • Improve visibility, advocacy and resource mobilization for United Nations counter-terrorism efforts .
  • Ensure 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.

TERRORISM is the most complex threat faced by the international community.

India’s Opinion

  • India had repeatedly stressed on the need for “coherence and coordination” at the UN in dealing with terrorism. It had lamented that as many as 31 entities within the United Nations deal with some aspect of countering terrorism.
  • India has welcomed the creation a UN office on counter-terrorism. It expects that the “much- awaited” step will help in aligning UN with the changing needs and international reality in the fight against terrorism.