Remarks by Mohamed Irfaan Ali, Council President and President of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana, at the Security Council meeting on Threats to International Peace and Security Caused by Terrorist Acts

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February 15, 2024

The representative of Guyana, Council President for February, spoke in her national capacity, noting the worrying trends concerning the activities of ISIL/Da’esh, including the development of unmanned aerial systems technology and their weaponization as well as the increased use of cryptocurrencies to finance terrorist activities.

Terrorists also engage in sexual and gender-based violence, including rape, torture and sexual slavery.

There is a need to increase the representation of women in decision-making processes for anti-terrorism laws and policies and to have specialized units within security forces and the justice system that can provide training to investigate sexual violence.

In addressing this scourge, it is also necessary to adopt preventive measures that address the root causes, including poverty, marginalization and lack of access to education and economic opportunities.

Guyana supports all initiatives aimed at bolstering the capacity of Member States to combat terrorism, fostering dialogue and cooperation, and championing strategic partnerships to comprehensively counter this threat, she said.

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