Heads of counter-terrorism agencies from across the world will be meeting at the headquarters of the United Nations in New York on June 28-29 for the first time, to pool expertise, resources and ideas to fight back against the growing scourge of international terrorism.
Head of the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism (OCT) Vladimir Voronkov said that the landmark forum would give those leading the fight from a local to international level, the chance to show our unity and speak with one professional voice.
He pointed out that defeating terror groups such as Daesh (also known as ISIL), which has been mostly driven out of Iraq in the past year, must involve the family level � the level of local communities, the level of State, and the level of international cooperation. Only this kind of approach can be comprehensive.
Voronkov explained that the High-Level Conference on Counter-Terrorism will focus on strengthening cooperation to combat the evolving threat of terrorism.
Civil society representatives and experts in the field will be joining the majority of heads of agencies from all around the world he said, stressing that this was vital to ensure a united front on how best to move forward, and build resilience.
It’s important to have capacity-building projects, said the OCT chief, adding that it would be a major help to countries which need help to expel terrorist groups, and shut down terror cells, to build this resilient environment.
So I think after the defeat of ISIL, the building up of this resilient society, the resilient State; this is the main task for counter-terrorism activities, he said.
Voronkov also highlighted the importance of reaching young people who are vulnerable to the lure of extremism, saying that young people in areas of high militant activity such as northern Mali, need to be reached on the grassroots level, to counter terrorist propaganda.
Source: International Islamic News Agency