India to host UN Security Council members for special counter-terrorism meeting in October

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India will host Security Council diplomats from the 15 nations on October 29 for a special meeting on counter-terrorism. India is halfway through the second year of its two-year term as an elected non-permanent member of the UN Security Council.

India’s tenure on the Council will end in December when the country will also preside as chair of the powerful UN body for the month. India is chairing the Security Council’s Counter-Terrorism Committee for 2022 and will host Security Council diplomats from 15 countries including the United States, China and Russia in October for the special meeting of the Counter-Terrorism Committee. .

The current members of the Security Council are Albania, Brazil, Gabon, Ghana, India, Ireland, Kenya, Mexico, Norway and the United Arab Emirates, as well as five permanent members, the China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States.

“Aware of the growing threat posed by the misuse of new and emerging technologies”, the Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC) of the United Nations Security Council has decided to hold a special meeting on this subject”, with the support of its Executive Directorate (CTED), in India on October 29, 2022, according to information on the Committee’s website.

Area of ​​interest

He said the special meeting will specifically focus on three important areas where emerging technologies are experiencing rapid development, growing use by member states (including for security and counter-terrorism purposes) and the growing threat of abuse for terrorist purposes, namely the Internet and social networks. media, terrorist financing and unmanned aerial systems (UAS).

It is not very often for the Counter-Terrorism Committee to meet outside of New York, but the meeting in India will be the seventh time this has happened. The last special meeting of the CTC outside UN Headquarters was held in Madrid, Spain in July 2015, and focused on Foreign Terrorist Fighters (FTF).

The Committee added that with the prevalence of technology and the rapid increase in digitalization, the use of new and emerging technologies to counter terrorism is a topic of growing interest among Member States, policy makers and researchers, especially in the context of the growing role played by technology in terrorism and counter-terrorism.

This issue is addressed by the Security Council in a number of resolutions related to the fight against terrorism, the most recent being resolution 2617 (2021), which explicitly cited “emerging technologies”. The special meeting would be conducted in the six official United Nations languages ​​and would be open to all United Nations Members and other relevant stakeholders.

Permanent Representative of India

India’s permanent representative to the UN, Ambassador TS Tirumurti, had assumed the chairmanship of the Security Council’s Counter-Terrorism Committee for 2022 in January this year. Ambassador Ruchira Kamboj, the new envoy of the country to the UN, now assumes this role.

Tirumurti had said at the UN Security Council’s briefing on “The use of digital technologies in the maintenance of international peace and security” in May that it was necessary to fight against the misuse of digital technologies by terrorist groups to spread terrorist ideologies, radicalise, incite violence and recruit the next generation of terrorist actors by taking advantage of the increased presence of young people online.

He had informed the Security Council that India had offered to hold a special meeting of the Council’s Counter-Terrorism Committee in India shortly. “The need for member states to comprehensively address and more strategically address the implications of the terrorist exploitation of digital technologies has never been more urgent,” he said.

“I am pleased to inform this Council that India has offered to hold a special meeting of the Council’s Counter-Terrorism Committee in India soon, which will focus exclusively on this issue and try to show the way forward,” he said. Tirumurti.

Counter Terrorism Committee Explained

The Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC) was established in 2001 following the September 11 terrorist attacks. UNSC resolution 1373 (2001) established the Counter-Terrorism Committee as a subsidiary body of the Council. On the eve of assuming the chairmanship of the CTC last December, India voted in favor of a resolution to renew the mandate of the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED).

The United Nations Security Council, through its written silence procedure, renewed the mandate of the Executive Directorate until 31 December 2025. multilateral response to the fight against terrorism and, more importantly, ensuring that that the global response to the terrorist threat remains unambiguous, undivided and effective,” India said in its explanation of vote to renew CTED’s mandate.

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August 04, 2022

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