Statement by H.E Ambassador Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti,
Permanent Representative of the Federative Republic of Brazil to the United Nations
Open debate regarding the activities of the subsidiary bodies of the Security Council related to terrorism.
15 November 2010
I thank the Chairmen of the Security Council Committees related to terrorism for their briefings today and commend them for their work.
Brazil has long argued, both in the General Assembly and in the Security Council, for a coordinated and multidimensional response to the challenges posed by terrorism. Today’s debate may help us reflect on ways to move toward that goal, which we believe is shared by the wide membership.
An essential element of an effective strategy to fight terrorism is a strong cooperation among Member States and between them and international, regional and subregional organizations. We are pleased that the work of the Security Council has gradually shifted its focus from the mere imposition of legal obligations, important as they are, to a greater emphasis on building the capacity of Member States. For a legal framework to be truly effective, Member States must develop the means to implement it.
The activities of the Counter-Terrorism Committee reflect this new reality. It has dedicated much of its work to facilitate technical assistance to Member States and to organize events to train government officials. It has also strived to adopt a regional perspective and to avoid preconceived solutions in dealing with shortfalls. In doing so, it duly recognized that countries with different levels of development require different approaches. Its Executive Directorate has had and will continue to have an important role to play in this regard. My delegation supports the extension of its mandate.
Similarly, as highlighted in other occasions, the 1267 Committee has made important strides in the recent past, especially after the approval of resolution 1904 (2009). The conclusion of the review of the consolidated list of sanctions and the establishment of the Office of the Ombudsperson are but the most relevant ones. My delegation welcomes the appointment of Ms. Kimberly Prost as the first ombudsperson and pledges our full support to her.
However, as we are all aware, major challenges still remain, in particular regarding due process. In this critical area of its work, the Committee must reinforce its dialogue with the wider membership. In addition, Members should do their utmost to present their reasons when denying delisting. Lastly, the Committee should ensure that its work fully benefits from the views of the ombudsperson. To this end, member States must provide her with the maximum relevant information possible and her opinions must be fully taken into account in the decision-making process.
Turning to the 1540 Committee, we welcome the progress that it has continued to make in implementing its mandate. We note in particular the importance of taking forward its cooperation with the other counter-terrorism committees and with international organizations, consistent with the Committee’s mandate.
Brazil looks forward to the submission of the Committee’s report and to the renewal of its mandate early next year. In doing so, we feel particular emphasis should be given to those States whose capacities for implementation and reporting are limited. The Committee should mobilize its energy and resources to ensure that those States receive the support they need to implement Resolution 1540.
The progress made in the recent past in the three Committees would not have been achieved without the competent work and constant leadership of the respective Chairs. I join others in commending Ambassadors Ertugrul Apakan, Thomas Mayr-Harting and Claude Heller for the invaluable contribution they have made.