15 June 2017, New York – European Union Statement at the adoption of the United Nations General Assembly Resolution on the strengthening of the capability of the United Nations system to assist Member States in implementing the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy
Mr. President, Excellencies, dear colleagues,
We thank the President of the General Assembly for facilitating the resolution we have just adopted today.
The EU and its Member States have contributed to this process in a very constructive and substantive manner and we are very pleased that today we are achieving this important institutional step. The establishment of the new office should indeed count as a necessary first step aimed at improving the role of the UN and its impact in countering terrorism and preventing violent extremism.
We welcome the fact that the new Under-Secretary-General and Office of Counter-Terrorism are set to address preventing violent extremism (PVE) as a core part of their responsibility for implementation of the whole Global CT Strategy in a balanced manner, as stipulated in the Secretary-General’s report. This also resonates with the overall prevention agenda of the Secretary-General which the EU and its member states fully endorse.
We strongly support the Secretary General’s proposal to create the new office headed by an USG who will provide strategic leadership, participate in high-level decision-making at the UN and ensure that cross-cutting drivers of terrorism and violent extremism are taken into account in the work of the UN. We are confident that the new USG will be eminently qualified with experience in Counter-Terrorism as well as UN policies, including human rights, gender equality and development.
It is needless to stress the importance of more effective and efficient coordination within the overall UN system and between the UN and other international organisations and forums. Within the mandates of the existing entities, it will be necessary to create more linkages and foster a spirit of systematic cooperation, as well as to evaluate and monitor the impact of the UN’s work in the future.
The EU and its Member States want a strong and efficient UN that drives the important global PVE and CT agenda, taking a balanced approach across the four pillars of the UN Global CT Strategy. To achieve this, we are committed to closely cooperate with the newly established Office of Counter-Terrorism and with the Under-Secretary-General as soon as he/she will be appointed.
I thank you, Mr. President.
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