The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President T.S. Tirumurti (India):
In a ministerial-level briefing today, the members of Security Council discussed the findings of the thirteenth report of the Secretary-General on the threat posed by ISIL (Da’esh) to international peace and security and the range of United Nations efforts in support of Member States countering the threat.
The members of the Security Council noted with deep concern that ISIL (Da’esh) and other terrorist groups continue to exploit, both online and offline, the disruption, grievances and development setbacks linked to the COVID-19 pandemic, as reflected in the thirteenth report of the Secretary-General on the threat posed by ISIL (Da’esh) to international peace and security.
The members of the Security Council reiterated that they condemn in the strongest terms all instances of terrorism, including the recent cowardly terrorist attacks, such as the terrorist attack in Baghdad on 19 July 2021, and noted with concern that ISIL (Da’esh) could regain the ability to launch or orchestrate international terrorist attacks.
The members of the Security Council expressed concern over the alarming expansion of ISIL (Da’esh) in many regions, including in Africa, and acknowledged that the growing influence of ISIL (Da’esh) in Africa may have far-reaching implications for the peace, security and stability of the region. They recalled that the Council’s presidential statement (S/PRST/2020/5) issued on 11 March 2020 underscored the need for a coherent and effective regional approach and stressed the importance of an urgent global response to support African countries and regional organizations.
The members of the Security Council deplored the continuous attacks on civilians, towns and military camps by ISIL’s regional affiliates such as IS in West Africa Province (ISWAP), IS in Greater Sahara (ISGS), and ISIL in Central Africa, and expressed concern over the presence of and threat from ISIL-Khorasan.
The Security Council underscores the importance of a holistic approach to countering terrorism and violent extremism conducive to terrorism, conducted in accordance with applicable international law, as well as efforts to address the governance, security, human rights, humanitarian, development and socioeconomic dimensions of the challenge, including employment for youth and the eradication of poverty.
The members of the Security Council expressed concern over the increasing use by ISIL (Da’esh) and its financiers of information and communication technologies (ICT), including emerging technologies, such as virtual assets and other anonymous means of monetary or financial transactions, and underscored the importance of international cooperation, effective governance in line with international law and innovative partnerships with the private sector and civil society to prevent and counter the use of ICT for terrorist purposes.
The members of the Security Council urged all Member States to fulfil their obligations, as set forth in the Council’s resolutions 1373 (2001), 2178 (2014), and 2462 (2019) to criminalize the financing of terrorism, as well as to further build the capacity of their financial oversight and regulatory systems in order to deny ISIL (Da’esh) and its financiers the space to exploit and raise funds, including by cooperating with the private sector through public-private partnerships with financial institutions and designated non-financial businesses and professions, and by taking into account the assessments thereof by relevant entities such as the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate. The members of the Security Council further reaffirmed that Member States must ensure that all measures undertaken to counter the financing of terrorism comply with their obligations under international law, including international humanitarian law, international human rights law and international refugee law.
The members of the Security Council, on the eve of the fourth commemoration of the International Day of Remembrance of and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism on 21 August 2021, reiterated their unwavering commitment to strengthening international cooperation to prevent and combat terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, and reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security, and that all acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed.