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Counter-Terrorism Law and Practice: An International Handbook

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asdf U N A C T I O N T O C O U N T E R TERRORISM Fact Sheet March 2009 Implementing the Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy The United Nations Global Counter-TerrorismStrategy (A/RES/60/288) -- adopted by the GeneralAssembly on 8 September 2006 -- is the first ever comprehensive,collectiveand internationally approvedglobal frameworkfor tackling the problem of terrorism. In September 2008, all 192 Member States confirmed their full commitment to the principles of the Strategy and pledged to pursue its vigorousimplementation (A/RES/62/272).The Strategy through its action plan divided into four topical pillars,spells out concretemeasures for Member States to take individually as well as collective- ly to: address the conditions conduciveto the spread of terrorism, prevent and combat terrorismand strengthentheir individualand collective capacity to do so, and protect human rights and uphold the rule of law while counteringterror- ism. The Strategy calls for Member States to work together and with the United Nations system to implement the pro- visions of the plan of action containedin the strategy and at the same time calls for United Nations entities to assist Member States in their efforts. The United Nations departments, programmes, funds and agencies have been taking actions in a number of areas in line with the four pillars of the Strategy both in their individualcapacityand through joint efforts in the framework of the Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force (CTITF)*. The Task Force, established in 2005 by the Secretary- General and chaired by his office, works to ensure overall coordination and coherence among at least two dozen entities throughout the United Nations system involved in counter-terrorism efforts. The Task Force has provided a forum for information sharing and increased colaboration within the United Nations system and established working groups undertaking programs of work in areas identified in the Strategy where cooperation among United Nations system actors can add value. The following is a summary of actions taken by the CTITF member entities in their individual as well as their collective capacity to assist Member States in implementing the Strategy. For more information on the Strategy-relevant work of CTITF entities, see the Report of the Secretary General “United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy: activities of the United Nations system in implementing the Strategy” (A/62/898, July 2008). Addressing the conditions conducive to the spread of terrorism Under this pillar, Member States are to address the conditions conducive to the spread of terrorism, by strengthening existing programmes on conflict prevention, negotiation, mediation, conciliation, peacekeeping and peacebuilding. They are also to place an added emphasis on initiatives that promote inter-religious and intercultural tolerance, reduce the marginalization of vul- nerable populations, such as the youth, and promote social inclusion. Member States also note the importance of addressing the needs of victims through the adoption of national and regional systems of assistance.
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