CTED holds workshop on implementation of Resolution 1624

The United Nations Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee organized a three-day event recently in Algiers, Algeria for North Africa to cover the implementation of Resolution 1624.

Resolution 1624 was adopted in 2005, with the recognition that many terrorist acts escalate because of social or economic failings. Resolution 1624 seeks to break the cycle of violence that both causes terrorist acts and prevents the establishment of a more stable developing nation.

The resolution asks Member States to prevent and prohibit incitement. It also encourages States to adopt international efforts to increase communication in the hopes of decreasing extremism and intolerance, which often leads to incitement. A comprehensive and almost communal approach must be taken to achieve this international goal, which extends beyond government institutions.

The preamble of the resolution notes the importance of societal structures and how these can encourage violence if not monitored, stating that the media, civil societies, religious societies, businesses and educational institutions play a large role "in efforts to enhance dialogue and broaden understanding, and in promoting tolerance and coexistence, and in fostering an environment which is not conducive to incitement of terrorism."

The meeting, which was held from June 16 to 18, was attended by representatives from governing bodies and non-governmental organizations from Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia. The meeting was deemed successful and it is believed all attending parties identified small things that can be changed to effect big changes in the fight against terrorism.