New Counter-Terrorism Office at UN

India has welcomed an initiative by UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, to create a new office for counter-terrorism.

Guterres mooted the proposal to move the Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force Office and the UN Counter-Terrorism Centre out of the Department of Political Affairs and create a new office for counter-terrorism.

The office would be mandated with promoting the implementation of the UN Counter-Terrorism Strategy and meanwhile better assisting member states in counter-terrorism capacity building.

This office would be headed by a new Under-Secretary- General. The UN Chief said the only objective of the new body is to improve efficiency in combating terrorism and not to change the different mandates in the field of counter-terrorism.