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29 June 2012, General Assembly, "The United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy"


Mr. President, I welcome the holding of this important session, which will allow us to review the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy. I also welcome the report of the Secretary-General, which reflects the efforts of the United Nations in implementing this strategy

Mr. President, while my country expresses its satisfaction over the positive results achieved so far in implementing this strategy within the United Nations and at the level of national and regional efforts, which provides a comprehensive international action against this dangerous phenomenon, we believe that the progress achieved in implementing the four corners of this strategy remains insufficient. This is due to the continuation of many conditions that contribute to the emergence of terrorist acts, such as aggression and illegal use of force, which require the international community to revitalize its mechanisms and strengthen its efforts to address and contain most of these causes and conditions.

Despite the successful efforts made by the international community to combat terrorism so far, we continue to witness more sophisticated and dangerous terrorist acts, which makes it incumbent upon us to strengthen international cooperation and coordination in areas of combating terrorism and preventing its financing in all its forms, inter alia, by strengthening the fight against piracy, preventing smuggling and illicit trafficking in arms and drugs, enhancing forms of international cooperation and coordination in the area of dissemination of information, and strengthening the legal framework of prosecuting those involved in acts of terrorism.

With respect to the issue of ensuring respect for human rights for all and the rule of law, we see that there is a need to reaffirm full commitment to the principles of the UN Charter and international law as well as relevant international conventions, particularly those relating to protecting human rights in all counter-terrorism measures.

Mr. President, the UAE, which strongly condemns all forms of terrorism, has taken a cluster of measures to implement the Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy, which include the constant evaluation and development of its national legislations, systems and programs aiming at combating terrorism and its financing, strengthening measures against money laundering, and enhancing efforts aiming at preventing and prosecuting all transnational crimes, including crimes of smuggling drugs and small arms. For this purpose, the UAE dedicated its capabilities and national expertise in coordinating and cooperating with international mechanisms and other regional and sub-regional organizations to strengthen its control over banking operations, accounts and investment deposits.

The United Arab Emirates is currently completing the arrangements for hosting the Headquarters of the International Center of Excellence for Countering Violent Extremism in Abu Dhabi, which is endorsed by the Working Group on Combating Violent Extremism and established by the Global Forum on Fighting Terrorism. The Centre will be officially opened in Abu Dhabi next October, in collaboration with a number of public and private institutions, and will be the first global forum for Governments and civil society organizations to coordinate national, regional and international efforts aiming at combating acts of violent extremism.

Mr. President, as we look forward to seeing the international community reach an agreement soon on a comprehensive convention on international terrorism, we renew our call for convening an international conference, under the auspices of the United Nations, for elaborating a clear definition of terrorism, and identifying the root causes of the spread of terrorism. In this context, we also call for supporting an international plan for helping the victims of terrorism, and we hope that the deliberations of this session will contribute to promoting the Global Counter-terrorism Strategy.

Thank you Mr. President