Coinciding with the 75th anniversary of India’s Independence, India will chair the United Nations Security Council’s Counter-Terrorism Committee for one year starting 1 January, 2022.
Expressing happiness over the same, earlier in the year 2021, India’s Permanent Representative to United Nations, T.S. Tirumurti said, “The chairing of this committee has a special resonance for India, which has not only been in the forefront of fighting terrorism, especially cross-border terrorism but has also been one of its biggest victims.”
India to succeed the chair of the key- subsidiary body of the UNSC- the Counter-Terrorism Committee after a long gap of 10 years. The last time India held the chairmanship of the committee was in the year 2011-12.
Highlighting the role of India’s strong fight against the menace of counter-terrorism, External Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar earlier said, in 1996, long before the adoption of Resolution 1373, India took the initiative to pilot the draft Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism with the objective of providing a comprehensive legal framework to combating terrorism.
It is pertinent to note that India signed and ratified all the major conventions and protocols on terrorism adopted by the UN, and are part of all major global initiatives in that regard.
India voted in favour of a resolution to renew the mandate of the CTC Executive Directorate:
Having suffered the scourge of cross-border terrorism for decades, India recently voted in favour of the UNSC resolution to renew the mandate of the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate.
In its explanation of vote, India stated, “As the chair for CTC for 2022, India will make determined efforts to further enhance the role of CTC in strengthening the multilateral response to counter-terrorism, and more importantly, ensuring that the global response to the threat of terrorism remains unambiguous, undivided and effective.”
About Counter-Terrorism Committee:
The United Nations Counter-Terrorism Committee was established by Resolution 1373 (2001) on 28 September 2001 in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
According to the United Nations, the committee is tasked with monitoring the implementation of resolution 1373 (2001), which requested countries to implement a number of measures intended to enhance their legal and institutional ability to counter terrorist activities at home, in their regions, and around the world.
The Counter-Terrorism Committee comprises all 15 members of the Security Council including- India, France, Russia, United Kingdoms, United States, Vietnam, Norway, Nigeria, Tunisia China among others.