H. Drug control, crime prevention and combating international terrorism in all its forms and manifestations
In recent years, the international community has become aware of the rising threat to peace and security posed by organized crime and drug trafficking. As a step towards addressing these challenges, I created in 2011 a Task Force on Transnational Organized Crime and Drug Trafficking to develop comprehensive and effective United Nations responses and mobilize collective action against this threat. Among the key initiatives the Task Force set in motion is the development of regional threat assessments, which will provide a basis for crime-sensitive development programming in relevant regions. The Organization and INTERPOL have joined forces to assist West African countries (Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Sierra Leone) to establish transnational crime units — which will help ECOWAS to combat drug trafficking and organized crime in the subregion.
The Organization and its Member States made important progress in the past year in strengthening the United Nations response to the terrorism threat. The United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre was established in support of the efforts of the Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force to help Member States implement the Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy. The Symposium on International Counter-Terrorism Cooperation I hosted in September 2011 underlined the importance of the Strategy and the wide range of efforts and activities, including resolutions of the Security Council, to strengthen international cooperation among States. The third biennial review of the Strategy concluded in June 2012 with an agreement to develop national and regional strategy implementation plans, enhance capacity-building efforts, including the Integrated Assistance for Countering Terrorism Initiative or I-ACT, carried forward by the Task Force, promote international cooperation, and strengthen support for victims of terrorism.
The I-ACT initiative, which serves as a coordination platform for United Nations capacity-building activities, has doubled its efforts to provide assistance to the institutions of the Government of Nigeria following increasing terrorist activity in the country. In Central Asia, the Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force has helped the five States in the region to adopt their regional action plan to implement the Strategy, which provides a comprehensive framework for stepped up counter-terrorism efforts in the region.