Bangladesh calls for international solidarity for a terror-free world
Staff Reporter: Terrorism is a major threat to international peace and security and an obstacle to achieving the 2030 development agenda. We need international solidarity and concerted efforts at all levels to fight any form of terrorism, ”said Rabab Fatima, Bangladesh’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York, while addressing a high-level plenary session of the UN Global Counter terrorism Strategy at the General Assembly on Friday (March 12th) local time. This has been informed in the press release sent by the Bangladesh Mission to the United Nations.
Taking note of the report of the UN Secretary-General on the impact of Covid-19 pandemic on the implementation of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy, she stressed on the need to pay special attention to the new forms of terrorism that evolved during the COVID-19 pandemic such as infodemic, hate speech and xenophobia.
The Bangladesh Permanent Representative urged for intensive international cooperation and mutual legal assistance among member states to ensure accountability for acts of terrorism. Member States should put all efforts to prevent and suppress terrorist financing to advance the implementation of the United Nations Global Counter Terrorism Strategy, she further added.
Capacity building is critical for the implementation of the Strategy. In this context, she expressed the hope that Bangladesh and other developing countries will get capacity building and technical assistance from United Nations in their efforts to fight terrorism.
The UN Global Counter-terrorism Strategy was adopted in 2006 by the United Nations to help the member states fight terrorism though collective effort and its 7th Biennial Review is ongoing which will be completed in June 2021.