Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that terrorism is not only an affront to humanity but also undermines the values that bind us together.
Antonio Guterres said that terrorism also threatens the promotion of peace and security, the protection of human rights, humanitarian aid and collective efforts for sustainable development. Antonio Guterres was speaking on the occasion of the first anniversary of the International Day for the Prevention of Violent Extremism.
The United Nations General Assembly declared February 12 as the International Day for the Prevention of Violent Extremism through a resolution aimed at raising awareness about the dangers associated with violent extremism. “It undermines the values that bind us together,” he said.
Need to be more vigilant than ever
“We need to be more vigilant than ever, terrorist and violent extremist groups are finding fertile ground to spread their venom on the Internet,” said the UN Secretary-General.
He said that neo-Nazi, white supremacist movements are not only becoming more dangerous by the day and are now becoming the biggest threat to internal security in many countries.
“All countries must take steps to prevent this challenge and deal with all the conditions that lead to terrorism,” said Antonio Guterres. In this regard, he stressed on the protection of the rights of minorities, women and youth and said that human rights should be the focus of all anti-terrorism policies.
Extremism has nothing to do with any religion
“Today and every day thereafter, we will work together to build a peaceful, inclusive and stable society that has no place for terrorism and violent extremism,” said the UN Secretary-General.
In the resolution adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on this occasion, it was confirmed that terrorism and violent extremism cannot and should not be related to any religion, nationality, culture or ethnic group.
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