UN chief calls for unified efforts in countering violent extremism

xinhuanet.com 30-Sep-2015

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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon(C, front) addresses the leaders'summit on countering violent extremism at the UN headquarters in New York on Sept. 29, 2015. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said here Tuesday that countering violent extremism requires a unified response around the globe, saying that "governments cannot do it alone." (Xinhua/Li Muzi)

, Sept. 29 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General said here Tuesday that countering violent extremism requires a unified response around the globe, saying that "governments cannot do it alone."

Addressing leaders' summit on countering violent extremism, Ban said violent extremist groups, including Da'esh and Boko Haram, pose a direct threat to international security, mercilessly target women and girls, and undermine universal values of peace, justice and human dignity.

That threat is growing, he said, noting that the most recent data shows a 70 percent increase in foreign terrorist fighters from over 100 countries to regions in conflict.

One of the keys to success is unified efforts, said Ban. "We need to engage all of society -- religious leaders, women leaders, leaders in the arts, music and sports."

He said that other keys include making a special effort to reach young people, and building truly accountable institutions.

"Fundamentally, we must be guided by the moral compass of our common values. Respect for international law and human rights is non-negotiable. Without it, we are lost," he said.

In addition, Ban disclosed his plan to present a comprehensive Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism early next year to the General Assembly.

"This plan -- which is firmly based on the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy -- will provide specific recommendations to Member States on individual and collective actions to systematically address the drivers of violent extremism at every level," he said.

"It will also put forward recommendations on how the UN system can support Member States to prevent violent extremism, through an 'All of UN' approach covering the many dimensions of our work," he added.