CTED and OIC meet to discuss cooperation on counterterrorism

The U.N. Security Council's Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate met with the permanent representatives of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in New York on Wednesday to discuss cooperation on counterterrorism.

Jean-Paul Laborde, the new CTED executive director, used the meeting to reaffirm the necessity of cooperation between the CTED and OIC. The participants also focused on the outcomes of a joint meeting held between the CTED and OIC in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, in May on countering terrorism incitement and enhancing cultural dialogue.

The May meeting allowed participants to grow their understanding of the provisions of Security Council resolution 1624 and to find ways to implement the resolution more effectively. Resolution 1624, which was adopted in 2005, is centered on preventing social contexts that may be conducive to the spread of terrorism.

Individuals at the May meeting also identified potential elements to be used in national counterterrorism strategies and the need to adopt a holistic approach to counter-incitement of terrorist acts that involves a broad range of governmental and non-governmental actors. The counter-incitement of terrorist acts is called for in Security Council resolution 1963. The resolution, adopted in 2010, states that the international fight against terrorism will be made stronger by enhancing dialogue and broadening understanding to prevent indiscriminate targeting of different religions and cultures.

Participants of the Wednesday meeting noted that it was being held on the 12th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Attendees noted their shared commitment to combating terrorism in all manifestations and forms.