On the creation of the new UN Counter-Terrorism Office, the appointment of veteran Russian diplomat Vladimir Ivanovich Voronkov as the Under-Secretary-General for the newly established office on Sunday.
The new office to play an important role to improve coordination in counter-terrorism related capacity building assistance to the member states, Under-Secretary-General in the implementation of the mandate provided to him by the General Assembly.
The new UN Office of Counter Terrorism (OCT), was established following the adoption by the General Assembly of a resolution by consensus on June 15, 2017. Its creation represents the first major reform of the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to be implemented since his assumption of office.
On June 21, 2017, the Secretary General appointed Vladimir Ivanovich Voronkov, the Russian Ambassador in Vienna, as the Under-Secretary-General to lead the OCT.
UNCCT to develop a greater understanding of various terrorist movements, their specific motivations, objectives, organisations and modus operandi.
The UNCCT’s wide-ranging programmes including border security and management, assistance to member states in terrorist designations and assets freezing, youth empowerment initiatives and various other programs have helped build the technical capacity of Member States in combating terrorism.
UNCCT’s projects and programmes keep pace with the rapidly evolving and multi-faceted threat posed by terrorist and extremist ideologies. The following states are the Pakistan, the members of the Advisory Board include Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, China, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Morocco, Nigeria, Norway, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, UK, US, and the EU (as guest member).