Counter-Terrorism Summit

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The two-day event on Counter-terrorism took place against the backdrop of the growing threat of terrorism across the globe, and the resulting increase in related legislation and policies. The conference follows a virtual dialogue held last year with human rights and civil society partners, also convened by the UNOCT and Spain. During the conference, governments, international organizations, civil society and human rights defenders examined how to formulate terrorism responses that comply with human rights and the rule of law, and ensure meaningful participation of civil society in counter-terrorism efforts. Several thematic sessions will focus on issues such as human rights, the rule of law and principled humanitarian action in the context of counter-terrorism efforts; and support for victims and survivors of terrorism. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres stated that the continued expansion of Da’esh and Al-Qaeda in Africa and resurgent terrorism in Afghanistan pose a growing threat to global peace and security. The participants also reaffirmed commitment to core values, including by investing in health, education, protection, gender equality, and justice systems that were accessible to all people. Prior to the opening, a workshop and six side events were held to accelerate momentum and commitment towards implementing the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy in a balanced manner.  Furthermore, The diversity of the themes is a true reflection of the comprehensive nature of the Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy in its seventh review, which was co-facilitated by Spain and adopted by consensus by the General Assembly The strategy, adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2006, includes measures that range from strengthening state capacity to counter terrorist threats to and better coordinating the UN system’s counter-terrorism activities.

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