Remarks by UN CTED's Executive Director, marking 12th anniversary of 9/11: a tribute to victims and their families

Today, 11 September, marks the 12th anniversary of the terrorist attacks here in New York, in Washington DC, and Pennsylvania. This is an occasion to pay tribute to all those who lost their lives and to the families who lost their loved ones in this tragedy. Despite our successes, terrorism still remains a threat to international peace and security as well as to economic and social development, making the world still vulnerable to acts of terrorist organizations which are constantly adopting new tactics and using new technologies. Conflict situations and modern means of communication provide a breeding ground for the recruitment and spread of terrorism and its ideology.

Countering violent extremism is still a challenging task, as most States still lack the capacity to address this phenomenon. CTED, as the arm of the Security Council's Counter-Terrorism Committee, supports Member States in their efforts to combat terrorism, but success requires a comprehensive counter-terrorism strategy that is flexible and consistent with an awareness of the need to protect human rights and the rule of law. Despite all this, I am still convinced, as Executive Director of CTED, that we will outsmart terrorists if we continue to join hands in our common efforts to work closer together, coordinate better, and fulfil our international obligations more effectively. CTED has unique attributes and is well equipped to analyse, assess and respond to Member States' needs and will continue to work with all players, both inside and outside of the United Nations System, to achieve those objectives, in accordance with the relevant Security Council resolutions. With an unrelenting focus on the tasks at hand, and mindful of the challenges still ahead, we will remain vigilant and will do our utmost to ensure success in our consolidated and integrated approach to the global counter-terrorism effort.

Jean-Paul Laborde, Executive Director of the United Nations Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED)


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