New UN Office of Counter Terrorism Gets UN General Assembly Approval (Download PDF)

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New United Nations office of counter-terrorism gets approval of the United Nations General Assembly which will help the Member States to implement UN’s global counter-terrorism strategy.

Key Facts

  • UN will transfer the relevant functions of the UN Department of Political Affairs (DPA) into the new body after creation of new UN office of counter terrorism.
  • The Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force Office (CTITF) and the UN Counter-Terrorism Centre (UNCCT) both will be moved to the new office along with existing staff and associated budgetary resources which is currently operating under the DPA.
  • Under-Secretary-General will head the new UN Office of counter-terrorism.
  • Task Force and Executive Director of the UN Counter-Terrorism Centre will be chaired by the new Under-Secretary-General.
  • UN office on counter-terrorism is “much- awaited” step for India which will help to fight against terrorism.
  • India needs a separate office for counter-terrorism because 31 entities are present in the United Nations which are dealing with some aspect of countering terrorism lacked consistency and coordination in dealing with terrorism.
  • Main reasons behind this reformation
  1. The peace and security strategy, operational setup and architecture — giving adequate priority to prevention and sustaining peace.
  2. Reform of the United Nations development system — improving coordination and accountability to better support Member States in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on climate change.
  3. Management reform — to simplify procedures and decentralize decisions, with transparency and accountability.

Functions

  • The new office will have five main functions and they are:
  1. To provide leadership on the counter-terrorism mandates entrusted to it across the United Nations system.
  2. To enhance coordination and coherence across the 38 Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force entities for ensuring balanced implementation of the four pillars of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy.
  3. To strengthen the delivery of United Nations counter-terrorism capacity-building assistance to the Member States.
  4. To improve visibility, advocacy and resource mobilization for United Nations counter-terrorism efforts.
  5. To ensure that priority is given to counterterrorism across the United Nations system.

- Published/Last Modified on: June 24, 2017

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