CTED calls for counter-terrorism dialogue

Weixiong Chen, Deputy Executive Director of CTED and Kyung-wha Kang, Chair of the IASC WG in the meeting that took place in Rome ealrier this month. | Courtesy of CTED
The Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) called for enhanced dialogue of humanitarian organizations, donor states and others to incorporate counter-terrorism measures that take humanitarian issues into consideration during meetings on March 10 and 11.

The meeting consisted of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Working Group. They focused on developing ways to strengthen the dialogue concerning counter-terrorism measures, so that humanitarian groups can have input whether they are in or out of the UN system.

"Counter-terrorism measures authorized by the Security Council are necessary and appropriate to safeguard the right to life and other fundamental human rights and protect civilians from heinous crimes committed by terrorists and their organizations," CTED Deputy Executive Director, Weixong Chen, said. "Meanwhile, humanitarian relief operations and delivery are aimed at mitigating the suffering of the affected population and saving their lives."

Chen also stated that CTED plays a unique role in the discussion as it works with both outside partners and member states to identify laws and measures that address humanitarian needs and concerns.

The IASC was established in 1992 in order to strengthen UN humanitarian assistance, as put forward by resolution 46/182 of the General Assembly. The group acts as a conglomerate for UN and non-UN partners to coordinate policy development and other issues.

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