Remarks by Ambassador Joonkook Hwang, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations,at a UN Security Council Briefing on Threats to International Peace and Security Caused by Terrorist Acts

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February 15, 2024

The representative of the Republic of Korea voiced alarm about the export of terrorism, as seen in recent attacks in Iran and Pakistan claimed by ISIL/Da’esh, adding that Africa, particularly West Africa and the Sahel, has become a “a terror epicentre”.

Pointing to the use by terrorists of emerging technologies, he underscored the need for “a proactive approach that is more relevant and up-to-date”.

Da’esh and its affiliates exploit conflicts and political chaos, using sexual and gender-based violence as tactics.

Military actions alone cannot solve these deep-seated problems.

Comprehensive approaches should be prioritized with investments in development, security capacities, rule of law and human rights as well as integrate gender perspectives, he stressed, highlighting his country’s $20 million development and peacebuilding project in Africa for 2022-2026.

He further warned that global instability fuelled by conflicts in Ukraine, Gaza, and the Sahel is expanding breeding grounds for terrorists, emphasizing that “no one is immune from terrorism” and calling for global collaboration in addressing terrorism.

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