Bangladesh aligns itself with the statement delivered by Saudi Arabia on behalf of OIC under this agenda item.
I would like to take this opportunity to express our appreciation to Ambassador Robert Rae of Canada and Ambassador Tarek Ladeb of Tunisia for their leadership in facilitating the 8th Review of the Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy. Their experience and wisdom in tackling this complex task were truly commendable. Despite differing views on critical issues, the adoption of the 8th Review of the Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy by consensus marks a significant milestone in our collective efforts to combat terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.
This year’s review has come up with numerous vital courses of action to address terrorism and violent extremism on a global scale.
We particularly acknowledge the emphasis placed on engaging community leaders and women-led civil society organizations to achieve the objectives of the Counter-Terrorism Strategy.
Recognizing the importance of capacity building in implementing the Strategy, it calls upon Member States and the United Nations system to provide support in enhancing the national capacities of member states in countering terrorism and preventing extremist activities that fuel terrorism. Furthermore, the review encourages Member States, international, and regional organizations to deepen their understanding and support initiatives aimed at addressing terrorism in the development and execution of global, regional, and national counter-terrorism strategies.
Bangladesh under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina maintains ‘zero tolerance’ policy to all forms of terrorism and violent extremism. We have always stood firm not to allow any terrorist individual or entity to use our territory or resources.
As stated by Hon’ble Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, terrorists are terrorists. They have no religion. As such we strongly oppose any policy or action that allows profiling of terrorists based on religion.
We call upon member States to invest further in addressing root causes of terrorism, and to that end, take measures against economic, social and political exclusion, stop flow of arms and financing to the terrorist groups, and continue to strive for peaceful settlement of all international disputes.
We express our gratitude to all delegations for their invaluable contributions during the negotiations of the 8th Review. While the adoption of the Review Strategy today marks a positive step forward, our main challenge lies in its effective implementation. We thank the UN Secretary-General for his report, A/77/718, which outlines the progress made by the United Nations system in implementing the Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy. We appreciate the continued support of the United Nations to Member States through the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Coordination Compact in developing and implementing responses under all four pillars of the Strategy.
In line with these efforts, we welcome the proposal put forth by the UN Secretary-General in his report, “Our Common Agenda,” to work on a new peace-focused agenda aimed at reducing strategic risks, including terrorism. We anticipate the same spirit of cooperation and leadership from the UN system for the implementation of the mandate derived from the 8th Review of the Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy.
In conclusion, we reaffirm Bangladesh’s unwavering commitment to combating terrorism and violent extremism in its all forms and manifestations.