India to host UN Security Council counter-terrorism meeting for the first time – The New Indian Express

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NEW DELHI: India will host the UNSC Counter-Terrorism Committee meeting for the first time later this month. The agenda would be to focus on threats imposed by technology, including social media.

“The 15 permanent member states of the UNSC are expected to participate in this two-day meeting in Mumbai and Delhi (October 28-29). The focus of the special meeting will be to address the use of new and emerging technologies for terrorists for counter-terrorism purposes. This is an issue of growing concern to member states, policymakers and researchers,” sources say.

New and emerging technologies – particularly information and communication technologies (ICT) such as the Internet, social media platforms and financial technologies have become a favored tool for terrorists such as the Islamic State in Iraq and in the Levant (ISIL)/Daesh, Al-Qaeda, their affiliated groups, other terrorist organizations and their supporters to engage in terrorism. Member States already face a significant and growing threat, including incitement to terrorism and violent extremism conducive to terrorism, recruitment, training, planning, networking, securing logistical support, l acquisition of weapons and their components, fundraising and the conduct of terrorist operations.

Other objectives include identifying persistent challenges, sharing good practices in line with international human rights law, industry action, public-private partnerships, legislative policy and regulatory responses , the UN said in a statement.

“The three main areas of discussion would include the use of social media, terrorist financing and unmanned aerial systems (UAS),” according to the Counter Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED).

With the increasing prevalence of technology and the rapid increase in digitalization, addressing the use of new and emerging technologies for terrorist purposes, the United Nations Security Council has highlighted this issue in a number of resolutions related to the fight against terrorism, the most recent being resolution 2617 (2021), which makes specific reference to “emerging technologies”.

Terrorists move or store funds using digital marketplaces and wallets, online payment platforms and apps, mobile payments or virtual currencies. There is also an increased risk of misuse of the Internet by terrorist organizations for raising funds through crowdfunding, selling merchandise, appealing for donations through social media platforms and other methods. At the same time, innovations in financial technologies, products and services offer significant economic opportunities and provide effective tools to respond to emerging threats.

Recognizing the growing threat posed by the misuse of new and emerging technologies, this meeting will include the participation of relevant operational partners, including UN organizations, international and regional organizations, civil society organizations (CSOs) , private sector entities and members of CTED’s Global Research Network (GRN).

“The special meeting in India will provide an overview of how Member States are deploying new and emerging technological developments. Secondly, they will inform Member States of the threats posed by terrorists. Thirdly, they would be able to identify persistent challenges Finally, members will be able to share good practices in legislative, policy and regulatory responses with international human rights law,” sources said.

The special meeting would also provide an opportunity to reflect on the work of the Committee, CTED, taking into account specific gender aspects related to digitalization and technology.

NEW DELHI: India will host the UNSC Counter-Terrorism Committee meeting for the first time later this month. The agenda would be to focus on threats imposed by technology, including social media. “The 15 permanent member states of the UNSC are expected to participate in this two-day meeting in Mumbai and Delhi (October 28-29). The focus of the special meeting will be to address the use of new and emerging technologies for terrorists for counter-terrorism purposes. This issue is of growing concern to member states, policymakers and researchers,” sources say. New and emerging technologies – particularly information and communication technologies (ICTs) such as the Internet, social media platforms, and fintech have become a favored tool for terrorists such as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)/Daesh, Al-Qaida, their affiliated groups, other terrorist organizations and their supporters to engage in terrorism. States already face a significant and growing threat, including incitement to terrorism and violent extremism conducive to terrorism, recruitment, training, planning, networking, securing loci strategic support, acquisition of weapons and their components, fundraising and the conduct of terrorist operations. Other objectives include identifying persistent challenges, sharing good practices in line with international human rights law, industry action, public-private partnerships, legislative policy and regulatory responses , the UN said in a statement. “The three main areas of discussion would include the use of social media, terrorist financing and unmanned aerial systems (UAS),” according to the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED). With the increasing prevalence of technology and the rapid increase in digitalization, dealing with the use of new and emerging technologies for terrorist purposes, the United Nations Security Council has highlighted this issue in a number resolutions related to the fight against terrorism, the most recent being its resolution 2617 (2021), which makes specific reference to “emerging technologies”. Terrorists move or store funds using digital marketplaces and wallets, online payment platforms and apps, mobile payments or virtual currencies. There is also an increased risk of misuse of the Internet by terrorist organizations to raise funds through crowdfunding. , merchandise sales, appeals for donations via social media platforms and other methods. At the same time, innovations in fintech products and services offer significant economic opportunities and provide effective tools to respond to emerging threats. Recognizing the growing threat posed by the misuse of new and emerging technologies, this meeting will include the participation of relevant operational partners, including UN organizations, international and regional organizations, civil society organizations (CSOs) , private sector entities and members of CTED’s Global Research Network (GRN). “The special meeting in India will provide an overview of how Member States are deploying new and emerging technological developments. Secondly, they will inform Member States of the threats posed by terrorists. Thirdly, they would be able to identify persistent challenges Finally, members will be able to share good practices in legislative, policy and regulatory responses with international human rights law,” sources said. technology.

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