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23 February 2016, New York – Statement on behalf of the European Union and its Member States by Mr. Carl Hallergard, Chargé d’Affaires a.i., Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations, at the Security Council Open Debate on Post-conflict peacebuilding: review of peacebuilding architecture

Mr. President, Excellencies, dear colleagues,

We would like to reiterate our thanks to the President of the General Assembly for facilitating the resolution we adopted on the 12 June 2017. We would also like to congratulate Ambassador Vladimir Voronkov for his recent appointment as the Under Secretary for the Office of Counter-Terrorism. We take this opportunity to assure the new USG of our full support in his new endeavour.

The EU and its Member States have contributed to this process in a very constructive and substantive manner and we are very pleased that with the adoption of the resolution we have achieved 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 his 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. Setting the CT and PVE agenda in coherence with other UN policies, in particular human rights and development, is key for its success in the field. A comprehensive approach entails also involvement of youth, women, local communities and victims of terrorism in implementing these policies. We are confident that USG Voronkov will deliver to these expectations.

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 USG Voronkov.

I thank you, Mr. President.

* The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia continue to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process.

  • Ref: EU17-2807
  • EU source:
  • UN forum: General Assembly - Plenary,Sixth Committee - Legal Committee
  • Date: 28/07/2017

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