Working Group on Preventing and Resolving Conflict
United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy:
Section I, paragraph 1: “To continue to strengthen and make best possible use of the capacities of the United Nations in areas such as conflict prevention, negotiation, mediation, conciliation, judicial settlement, rule of law, peacekeeping and peacebuilding, in order to contribute to the successful prevention and peaceful resolution of prolonged unresolved conflicts. We recognize that the peaceful resolution of such conflicts would contribute to strengthening the global fight against terrorism.”
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) is joined by General Assembly President Ali Abdussalam Treki (second from right) and Yukio Takasu (left), Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations, at a United Nations Rose Garden ceremony, 18 September to mark International Day of Peace.
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The Working Group on Preventing and Resolving Conflicts has undertaken efforts to integrate counter terrorism objectives into the long-standing work conducted by the United Nations system on the prevention and resolution of armed conflict. In collaboration with affected Member States, the working group has developed an initiative to implement the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy in Central Asia. Jointly arranged by the CTITF working group on preventing and resolving conflict and the United Nations Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA), the initiative brings together relevant stakeholders to address conditions conducive to terrorism, enhance capacity-building to prevent and combat terrorism at the national and regional levels while promoting and protecting human rights, and determine how the United Nations can better support regional implementation efforts identified in a Joint Action Plan adopted by Central Asian States on 30 November 2011. The initiative was launched at public events in Brussels, Belgium, in June 2010 and in New York, United States in September 2010. The first expert meeting on pillar I and VI of the Strategy took place in Bratislava in December 2010. The second expert meeting on pillar II of the Strategy took place in Dushanbe in March 2011. The third expert meeting on pillar III of the Strategy took place in Almaty, Kazakhstan, in July 2011. The final ministerial level meeting took place in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan in November 2011.
The Working Group has drafted guidance on counter-terrorism for use by the Secretary-General's envoys, special representatives and other peacemakers. This guidance addresses the following issues: 1) discusses the relevance of terrorism and counter-terrorism for the work of UN peacemakers in conflict situations; 2) lays out existing international legal and strategic guidelines on counter-terrorism for reference by UN peacemakers; 3) points out terrorism-related factors that UN peacemakers may take into consideration in peace negotiations or peace agreements; 4) underlines the security implications of terrorism for UN missions, especially mediation efforts which may be seen as potential targets and highly visible ones. This guidance has been shared with Secretary-General's envoys and special representatives.
- Department of Political Affairs (DPA) (lead)
- Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED)
- Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO)
- Executive Office of The Secretary-General (EOSG)
- Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
- Office of Legal Affairs (OLA)
- United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
- United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
- United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
- United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)