OAS and UNODC brief members of the Counter-Terrorism Committee
On 20 December 2012, the Organization for American States (OAS) and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) briefed the 15 members of the Counter-Terrorism Committee on their work. The meeting was the last of the year and with India serving as Chair of the Security Council Committee.
Ms. Marta Requena, Chief of the UNODC Terrorism Prevention Branch, told the Committee that her office has been promoting the ratification of international instruments for nearly a decade. Since 2003, the Branch has trained thousands of criminal justice officers and provided technical assistance to 168 States. An online learning platform has supplemented on-site workshops and seminars conducted around the world. UNODC publications have covered such issues as criminal justice responses to support victims of acts of terrorism, extradition and mutual legal assistance, and the use of Internet for terrorist purposes.
The OAS has focused its attention on issues of relevance to the region, said Mr. Neil Klopfenstein, Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Committee against Terrorism. The Committee’s areas of work are border control, critical infrastructure protection (cyber and tourism security), legislative assistance and terrorism financing, strengthening strategies on emerging terrorist threats, and international cooperation partnerships. Its activities are in line with the Inter-American Convention against Terrorism and international law.
Both the OAS and UNODC work closely with the Counter-Terrorism Committee and its Executive Directorate to further strengthen the capacity of States to respond to the terrorist threat.