The General Assembly turned to the draft resolution “Enhancement of International Cooperation to Assist Victims of Terrorism” (document A/73/L.88, later adopted as A/RES/73/305).
The representative of Afghanistan, introducing the draft resolution, said terrorism and violent extremism continue to undermine the shared values of peace, security, human rights for all and rule of law. This evil phenomenon is also a direct threat to our sustainable growth and development. Most of the time, victims of terrorism are forgotten shortly after the incident, left to address their trauma and pick up shattered pieces of their lives by themselves. We believe that victims of terrorism deserve more international attention; their voices must be heard, their rights must be protected, and their needs must be addressed. This draft resolution aims at further strengthening national and international mechanisms to support victims of terrorism and their families and ensuring that their human rights are respected. It also would have the Assembly condemn all acts, methods and practices of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and expresses the unwavering commitment of the international community to strengthening cooperation to prevent and combat terrorism, address impunity and pursue accountability for the perpetrators and their supporters.
This resolution would have the Assembly call upon Member States to develop comprehensive assistance plans to address the needs of victims of terrorism and their families and request the relevant United Nations entities to assist countries in developing such plans. The text also requests the Secretary-General to submit a report containing an evaluation of existing United Nations activities on victims of terrorism with a focus on concrete recommendations for a voluntarily funded comprehensive programme to support Member States in this regard.
The representative of Spain said it is crucial to ensure that victims play a role in combatting terrorism. Noting the formation this week of the Group of Friends of the Victims of Terrorism, as well as next year’s High-Level Conference of Heads of Counter-Terrorism Agencies of Member States, she said Spain has established a comprehensive system to address the needs of victims of terrorism and that it stands ready to share its experiences.
The resolution (in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish) can be found at: https://www.undocs.org/A/RES/73/305