Press Release

Qatar supports the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre

New York, 6 February 2017 – Dr. Jehangir Khan, Director of CTITF/UNCCT Office, met today with H.E. Ambassador Alya Ahmed Saif Al-Thani, Permanent Representative of the State of Qatar to the United Nations, who commended the work of the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre (UNCCT) and, on behalf of her Government, donated $250,000 to support the Centre’s future activities.

“Supporting international efforts in counterterrorism is a priority for the State of Qatar. This financial contribution to the UN Counter-Terrorism Centre comes in line with this commitment,” said Ambassador Al-Thani.

Dr. Khan expressed appreciation for the continued support by the State of Qatar for counter-terrorism and cooperation with the United Nations. He welcomed the contribution of the State of Qatar and emphasized that it would enhance the ability of the United Nations to support Member States in their efforts to cope with one of the key challenges to international peace and security.

“Countering terrorism and preventing violent extremism require the international community to work together and the United Nations, through the UNCCT, stands ready to support these efforts,” said Dr. Khan.

UNCCT was established in 2011, within the Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force (CTITF) Office in the Department of Political Affairs to provide capacity building support for Member States in implementing the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy. UNCCT is also working with Silatech Foundation, a Doha, Qatar based not-for-profit organisation, on a youth skills development and employment facilitation programme.

The General Assembly has repeatedly called on Member States to provide resources and voluntary contributions to UNCCT.

In addition to the generous contribution of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia that led to the establishment of the Centre, there are now over 20 other donors to the UN’s counter-terrorism Trust Fund.

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