On the 10th anniversary of the adoption of Security Council Resolution 1373 and the establishment of the Counter-Terrorism Committee, CGCC organized a civil society side event in the Chamber of the UN Economic and Social Council at UN headquarters on the margins of a special meeting of the UN Counter-Terrorism Committee. It provided an important opportunity to foster a better understanding of the diversity of ways in which civil society can contribute to UN counterterrorism efforts and how the United Nations and member states can engage with and help empower civil society to advance shared objectives.
Featured speakers included:
- Alistair Millar, Director, Center on Global Counterterrorism Cooperation
- Ambassador H.S. Puri, Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations
- Lia van Broekhoven, Senior Policy Advisor for Development and Security, Cordaid
- George Kegoro, Executive Director, Kenyan Section of the International Commission of Jurists
- Carie Lemack, Cofounder, Global Survivors Network
Featured speaker remarks were followed by interventions from the floor from states and other civil society organizations. Participants agreed that governments and intergovernmental bodies, including the United Nations, cannot succeed in preventing and countering terrorism on their own and should do more to reach out to and engage civil society. Hope was expressed that the event would lay the groundwork for more regular interaction in the future.