At the outset, let me congratulate you and bureau members on the election of the Committee. My delegation assures you of our full cooperation and support during this session of the Committee.
Mongolia has always paid significant importance on boosting cooperation with the United Nations and regional organizations on tackling terrorism and taking all the necessary measures in the implementation of United Nations Conventions against Terrorism.
In this regard, I would like to emphasis with statement made by H.E. Mr. Tsogtbaatar Damdin, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Mongolia at the United Nations Security Council Ministerial Open Debate on the United Nations cooperation with Regional and sub-Regional Organizations in maintaining Peace and Security: the contribution of the CSTO, CIS and SCO in countering Terrorism held during High-Level Segment of the 74th session of the General Assembly.
In his remarks, the Minister has shared possible approaches to enhance international cooperation to counter global terrorism threats. Those include: First, more focused targeting of capacity-building assistance, Second, the need to effectively address the growing nexus between terrorism and transnational organized crimes, and Third, engagement of youth, which is critical in preventing and countering violent extremism and terrorism.
Within the framework of the implementation of “Plan of Action on Preventing and Combating Terrorism in 2017-2020”, the Government of Mongolia, in collaboration with the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism has successfully organized capacity building workshops in 2018 and 2019 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia respectively. As this workshop gave a great opportunity to improve the capacity of the law enforcement agencies of Mongolia, we have officially requested for continuation of the workshop.
Moreover, the Government of Mongolia has officially requested to benefit from the Countering Terrorist Travel Program, as we do believe that the implementation of this flagship initiation by the UNOCT will significantly improve the capacity of the relevant organizations on countering terrorist travel and serious criminal offences.
The Government of Mongolia has also successfully organized the “High-Level Inter-Regional Conference on ‘Whole-of-Approach’ to Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism and Radicalization that Lead to Terrorism” this June in Ulaanbaatar, with the cooperation of the Organization on Security and Cooperation in Europe and the UNOCT. This conference addressed to measures and effective ways to intensify cooperation between regional and sub-regional stakeholders to combat terrorism and violent extremism.
Within the regional cooperation, the Government has signed bilateral agreements with Kyrgyz, Russia and China on cooperation in combating terrorism.
The Government also has joined the “Code of Conduct to Achieve a World Free of Terrorism” initiated by Kazakhstan, as well as “Christchurch Call to Action” initiated by New Zealand.
This year, the world has experienced the most glaring example of the use of digital technology by terrorists.
Recent developments in combating terrorism force us to make changes in the measures we all have taken in the past. In this digitalized era when communications are encrypted, advertisement for violence can spread all around the world in a minute, recruitment, brain-washing, provocation, and instigations widely spread through social network, we need to diversify our actions, share best practices, build the capacity of the law enforcement agencies to detect and prevent terrorist acts effectively.
In conclusion, I wish to assure our strong support for a fruitful outcome of this session under your able leadership.
I thank you.