U.N. Security Council discusses new challenges to counter-terrrorism efforts

The United Nations Security Council highlighted some of the new challenges of defeating terrorism from the perspective of leaders on the front lines at its 7071st meeting on Nov. 27.

Three U.N. Security Council Committees are at the forefront of the fight against terrorism - the Counter-Terrorism Committee, the Committee concerning resolutions 1267 and 1989 pertaining to Al-Qaida and the 1540 Committee against the proliferation of nuclear weapons and weapons of mass destruction.

During the meeting, Gary Quinlan made a joint statement for all three Committees, highlighting current initiatives in place to combat terrorism, which include the Financial Action Task Force against the funding of terrorism and nuclear proliferation and the Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force against money laundering, arms proliferation and terrorism funding.

Quinlan said there has been a recent shift in the fight against terrorism; Al-Qaida is no longer the primary terrorist organization. There are now a range of smaller terrorist groups on the rise, which poses a new challenge to monitor and combat global terrorism and nuclear proliferation.

Quinlan suggested devising a plan that tackles emerging terrorist groups per region. The Committee has invited representatives from the Sahel and Maghred regions to assist in the creation of a new counter-terrorism strategy, which may include new sanctions, educational campaigns on halting terrorist funding and identifying false non-profit organizations which fund terrorist activities.