Vladimir Voronkov. Code of Conduct for the Achievement of a Terrorism-Free World

Vladimir VORONKOV,


of the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Office

Code of Conduct for the Achievement of a Terrorism-Free World

Terrorism remains a complex global challenge-affecting people all over the world. New trends, such as the misuse of modern technologies by terrorist groups, are a continued threat to society. In response, we need to be equally adaptive and it is vital to create a coalition that takes a multilateral approach, including governments, international organisations, civil society and the private sector.

In June, the General Assembly reviewed the United Nations' Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy for the sixth time since 2006. As a result, a resolution (A/RES/72/284) was adopted which sets the direction for the counter-terrorism efforts of the United Nations and its member states over the next two years.

The Strategy consists of a number of measures member states should take to effectively counter terrorism along four pillars, namely:

1) Measures to address the conditions conducive to the spread of terrorism.

2) Measures to prevent and combat terrorism.

3) Measures to build states' capacity to prevent and combat terrorism and to strengthen the role of the United Nations system in this regard.

4) Measures to ensure respect for human rights for all and the rule of law as the fundamental basis of the fight against terrorism.

Following the Review, on June 28-29 United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres convened the first-ever High-level Conference of Heads of Counter-Terrorism Agencies of Member States in New York. A core aim of this event was to strengthen international cooperation in the field of counter-terrorism.

The initiative to adopt a Code of Conduct for the Achievement of a Terrorism-Free World, proposed by President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev at the jubilee 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in September 2015, further consolidates the efforts of the international community to cooperate in ending terrorism and preventing violent extremism conducive to terrorism.

Within the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly, the UN headquarters hosted the ceremony of the signing of the Code of Conduct Towards Achieving a World Free of Terrorism in the format of a high-level special event on Sept. 28. Foreign ministers and high representatives of more than 70 nations signed the code.

High-level meeting participants. Sept 28, 2018, New York

Since joining the Security Council in January 2017, Kazakhstan has had a key role in addressing some of the most pressing global peace and security issues of our time, including countering terrorism. The Code of Conduct calls for the creation of a global counter-terrorism coalition under the auspices of the United Nations. It reflects key elements of many Security Council resolutions and commits signatories to implement all four pillars of the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy in an integrated and balanced manner through the development and realisation of regional and national plans.

This initiative is a useful step in promoting multilateral partnership, creating synergies and implementing counter-terrorism measures, as well as exchanging best practices at international, regional and sub-regional levels.

Today, more than 70 countries have signed the Code of Conduct. This is a testament to the commitment of the international community to strengthen cooperation and to support Kazakhstan's mission in launching this initiative. Along with other international and regional initiatives, it will allow us to better address the future challenges of terrorism.

Created at : 21.12.2018, 11:25, Updated at : 21.12.2018, 11:25