Human security

Africa: Remarks during a briefing of the UN Security Council by committees 1267, 1373 and 1540

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. And thank you to our colleagues today for your presentations.

The 1267, 1373 and 1540 committees play important and complementary roles in assessing and combating terrorist threats, terrorist activities and stopping support for terrorism in general. Over the past year, the global terrorist threat has evolved, with an increase in attacks by ISIS, its affiliates and supporters. The branches and affiliates of ISIS have extended their influence from Iraq and Syria to now all over the world.

Yet despite this upsurge in attacks and influence, we are disappointed that, since the start of the year, the 1267 Committee has appointed only two people. It is important that the Committee take steps to nominate ISIS affiliates to prevent them from taking the mantle of a reduced ISIS core. In this spirit, we hope that the blocking of our appointments of Jund al Khalifa Tunisia and its leader, introduced with the support of our Tunisian colleagues, will soon be lifted. The 1267 Committee’s work builds on that of the Monitoring Team, which takes stock of the threat posed by ISIS and al-Qaida. We thank the team for their reports.

In 1373, the upcoming renewal of the Council’s mandate for the Executive Direction of the Counterterrorism Committee, CTED, will strengthen CTED’s role as a key platform for discussions on current and emerging terrorist threats. We continue to closely monitor the untenable situation of an estimated 10,000 suspected foreign terrorist fighters and their families who are in internally displaced persons camps or detention centers in Syria and Iraq, without adequate humanitarian assistance and protection of the victims. human rights. We call on all member states to repatriate and, where appropriate, investigate, prosecute, rehabilitate and reintegrate their nationals, and to support relevant efforts in this regard, including within the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Office .

Another growing threat is racially or ethnically motivated violent extremism, or REMVE. The United States government uses the term “REMVE” to encompass the potentially unlawful use or threat of force or violence in the pursuit of ideological programs derived from prejudice, often related to race or ethnicity. , held by the actor against others or a given population group. At the Human Rights Council in February this year, Secretary General Guterres noted that white supremacist movements, which are a subset of REMVE, are becoming a transnational threat. We have even seen US-based domestic terrorists attempt to link up with like-minded foreign individuals and organizations, underscoring the need for increased cooperation between our governments to identify and end this threat. .

Mr. Chairman, the areas of cooperation between Committees 1267, 1373 and 1540 are explicitly encouraged by this Council to advance our broader efforts to combat terrorism. In particular, Resolutions 1810, 1977 and 2325 reiterate the need to increase the ongoing cooperation between the 1540 Committee and other subsidiary bodies, in particular through “better information sharing, coordination of country visits in the country. within their respective mandates, technical assistance and other matters of relevance to the three committees. The 1540 Committee is particularly important in this regard as it requires states not only to prevent terrorists from acquiring WMD-related assets, but also to prevent non-state actors such as private companies and individuals who might unwittingly or otherwise allow acquisition by terrorists to do so.

During the comprehensive review and renewal of the upcoming 1540 mandate, the United States will prioritize the full implementation of state obligations under UNSCR 1540 by enhancing the functionality and credibility of the Committee, by empowering its expert group and strengthening its support for assistance and awareness. related activities. The forthcoming renewal of the 1540 mandate also provides an opportunity to increase the areas of coordination between these three committees. In particular, we seek to improve the capacity of the 1540 Committee to help States respond to rapid advances in science, which would allow non-state actors to acquire, more easily and quickly, related emerging technologies for related purposes. to ADMs.

This regular meeting and the sharing of information regarding current and emerging trends in non-state proliferation threats between Committees 1267, 1373 and 1540 are extremely important in the fight against terrorism, including the potential access of terrorists to WMD, worldwide. The United States will continue to work closely with our partners in this Council and throughout the membership of the United Nations to combat and end terrorism in all its forms.

Thank you, Mr. Chairman.