India to host UNSC meet on counterterrorism
- India will host diplomats and officials from all 15 countries of the United Nations Security Council, including China, Russia and the U.S., for a special meeting on terrorism, in Delhi and Mumbai in October.
Key Highlights of the Meeting:
- Focus on challenges such as terrorism financing, cyberthreats and the use of drones.
- Specifically focus on three significant areas where emerging technologies are experiencing rapid development, growing use by Member States (including for security and counter-terrorism purposes), and increasing threat of abuse for terrorism purposes, namely
- Internet and social media
- Terrorism financing
- Unmanned aerial systems
- to highlight cross-border threats from Pakistan and Afghanistan at the meeting,
- to build templates and “codes of conduct” for newer threats, including financing through cryptocurrency and the use of drones for terror attacks.
- Showcase India’s role as a victim of terrorism as well as a country at the forefront of global counter-terrorism efforts.
- Counter-Terrorism efforts by India: Pushing for the UN members to adopt a Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism (first proposed in 1996).
- Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism