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SG/SM/17903-GA/11801
1 July 2016

Secretary-General Welcomes General Assembly’s Consensus Adoption of Text Reviewing United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

The Secretary-General welcomes the General Assembly’s decision to adopt by consensus a resolution reviewing the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy, on the occasion of its tenth anniversary.

The adoption by consensus of this resolution symbolizes the international community’s strong resolve to act in unison and without delay to address terrorism and violent extremism.  Terrorism and violent extremism pose a major threat to international peace and security, as well as to sustainable development, human rights and humanitarian action at the global, regional and national levels.

Taking united action against terrorism and preventing violent extremism in conformity with the United Nations Charter and international human rights law is crucial to securing peace and prosperity for succeeding generations.

The Secretary-General is also pleased that the General Assembly has welcomed his initiative to present a Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism, and that it has recommended that Member States consider the implementation of relevant recommendations of the Plan, with the support of the United Nations.

The Secretary-General encourages Member States to adopt national and regional plans of action to prevent violent extremism and to implement the four pillars of the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy in a balanced and comprehensive manner.

The Secretary-General reiterates that the United Nations system stands ready to provide strong and well-coordinated support to Member States in implementing the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy and the consensus General Assembly resolution.

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