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  •   The Minister of Foreign Affairs African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates Mr Nasser Bourita co chaired with his Canadian counterpart Ms Melanie Joly the 12th Ministerial Meeting of the Global Counter Terrorism Forum GCTF held on September 21 2022 in New York In his opening remarks at this meeting held on the sidelines of the 77th UN General Assembly Mr Bourita said that the changing international security landscape must not lead to neglect of the shared responsibility to combat terrorism The Minister highlighted in this regard the importance of true multilateralism expressing Morocco s conviction that such a spirit and commitment is essential for the next decade especially in a context in which the threat posed by terrorist groups continues being a priority He further indicated that the GCTF meeting is an opportunity to reflect on the achievements and effectiveness of the Forum during its first decade recalling that efforts have focused in particular on reducing people s vulnerability to terrorism through prevention the effective fight against recruitment and incitement to terrorism terrorism Presenting the progress made by the Forum under Moroccan Canadian co chairmanship Mr Bourita highlighted the efforts made during the first decade to maintain the apolitical and consensual nature of the Forum This forum is now geared towards pragmatism and action to strengthen international efforts to combat terrorism and violent extremism He noted that the Forum s action is based on the relevant existing international legal framework in particular the UN Charter relevant UN Security Council resolutions and the UN Global Counter Terrorism Strategy We have adopted an innovative recipe that combines political leadership with practitioner expertise in a state focused process while expanding our engagement with various partners in the UN system and GCTF inspired institutions and non governmental organizations Mr Bourita continued With this approach the GCTF has succeeded in building consensus on emerging issues paving the way for other international organizations to develop the necessary standards to structure the international community s actions to address critical challenges he said The Forum has done remarkable work through a proactive approach to foreign terrorist fighters border security management new information and communication technologies combating terrorist financing and preserving space civic he also noted These achievements which are based on commitment purposeful contribution and pioneering leadership are the result of preserving the core values of the GCTF enshrined in the framework documents of the Forum said Mr Bourita The GCTF has undoubtedly become a central player in the international architecture to prevent and combat terrorism and violent extremism said Mr Bourita welcoming the constructive and strong partnership between the parties stakeholders of the UN and the Forum He also acknowledged that on the eve of a new mandate cycle both in the Forum and in its working groups the fight unfortunately is not over yet as terrorists continue to adapt their tactics seeking safe havens harboring territorial ambitions and seeking new recruits among vulnerable individuals and communities In this context we must maintain the identity and core values of the GCTF because this Forum is more relevant and necessary than ever he insisted stressing that during its various co chairs Morocco has committed to placing the effectiveness and contribution of the GCTF in a safer world above any narrow interests He concluded that during the co chair with Canada the focus was on the future despite the difficulties posed by COVID 19 and we have managed with the work of all members to chart a meaningful course for the GCTF for the next 10 years with the adoption of the Vision Strategy for the next decade Launched in 2011 the GCTF is a platform co chaired by Morocco since 2016 It is made up of 30 members 29 countries the European Union and cooperates closely with many international regional and sub regional organizations including the UN
    Global Counter-Terrorism Forum: Morocco co-chairs the 12th Ministerial Meeting in New York
      The Minister of Foreign Affairs African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates Mr Nasser Bourita co chaired with his Canadian counterpart Ms Melanie Joly the 12th Ministerial Meeting of the Global Counter Terrorism Forum GCTF held on September 21 2022 in New York In his opening remarks at this meeting held on the sidelines of the 77th UN General Assembly Mr Bourita said that the changing international security landscape must not lead to neglect of the shared responsibility to combat terrorism The Minister highlighted in this regard the importance of true multilateralism expressing Morocco s conviction that such a spirit and commitment is essential for the next decade especially in a context in which the threat posed by terrorist groups continues being a priority He further indicated that the GCTF meeting is an opportunity to reflect on the achievements and effectiveness of the Forum during its first decade recalling that efforts have focused in particular on reducing people s vulnerability to terrorism through prevention the effective fight against recruitment and incitement to terrorism terrorism Presenting the progress made by the Forum under Moroccan Canadian co chairmanship Mr Bourita highlighted the efforts made during the first decade to maintain the apolitical and consensual nature of the Forum This forum is now geared towards pragmatism and action to strengthen international efforts to combat terrorism and violent extremism He noted that the Forum s action is based on the relevant existing international legal framework in particular the UN Charter relevant UN Security Council resolutions and the UN Global Counter Terrorism Strategy We have adopted an innovative recipe that combines political leadership with practitioner expertise in a state focused process while expanding our engagement with various partners in the UN system and GCTF inspired institutions and non governmental organizations Mr Bourita continued With this approach the GCTF has succeeded in building consensus on emerging issues paving the way for other international organizations to develop the necessary standards to structure the international community s actions to address critical challenges he said The Forum has done remarkable work through a proactive approach to foreign terrorist fighters border security management new information and communication technologies combating terrorist financing and preserving space civic he also noted These achievements which are based on commitment purposeful contribution and pioneering leadership are the result of preserving the core values of the GCTF enshrined in the framework documents of the Forum said Mr Bourita The GCTF has undoubtedly become a central player in the international architecture to prevent and combat terrorism and violent extremism said Mr Bourita welcoming the constructive and strong partnership between the parties stakeholders of the UN and the Forum He also acknowledged that on the eve of a new mandate cycle both in the Forum and in its working groups the fight unfortunately is not over yet as terrorists continue to adapt their tactics seeking safe havens harboring territorial ambitions and seeking new recruits among vulnerable individuals and communities In this context we must maintain the identity and core values of the GCTF because this Forum is more relevant and necessary than ever he insisted stressing that during its various co chairs Morocco has committed to placing the effectiveness and contribution of the GCTF in a safer world above any narrow interests He concluded that during the co chair with Canada the focus was on the future despite the difficulties posed by COVID 19 and we have managed with the work of all members to chart a meaningful course for the GCTF for the next 10 years with the adoption of the Vision Strategy for the next decade Launched in 2011 the GCTF is a platform co chaired by Morocco since 2016 It is made up of 30 members 29 countries the European Union and cooperates closely with many international regional and sub regional organizations including the UN
    Global Counter-Terrorism Forum: Morocco co-chairs the 12th Ministerial Meeting in New York
    Africa2 months ago

    Global Counter-Terrorism Forum: Morocco co-chairs the 12th Ministerial Meeting in New York

    The Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates, Mr. Nasser Bourita, co-chaired with his Canadian counterpart, Ms. Melanie Joly, the 12th Ministerial Meeting of the Global Counter-Terrorism Forum (GCTF), held on September 21.

    2022 in New York. In his opening remarks at this meeting held on the sidelines of the 77th UN General Assembly, Mr. Bourita said that the changing international security landscape must not lead to neglect of the shared responsibility to combat terrorism.

    The Minister highlighted, in this regard, the importance of "true multilateralism", expressing Morocco's conviction that such a spirit and commitment is essential for the next decade, especially in a context in which the threat posed by terrorist groups continues being a priority.

    He further indicated that the GCTF meeting is an opportunity to reflect on the achievements and effectiveness of the Forum during its first decade, recalling that efforts have focused in particular on reducing people's vulnerability to terrorism, through prevention , the effective fight against recruitment and incitement to terrorism.

    terrorism.

    Presenting the progress made by the Forum under Moroccan-Canadian co-chairmanship, Mr. Bourita highlighted the efforts made during the first decade to "maintain the apolitical and consensual nature of the Forum."

    This forum is now geared towards pragmatism and action to strengthen international efforts to combat terrorism and violent extremism.

    He noted that the Forum's action is based on the relevant existing international legal framework, in particular the UN Charter, relevant UN Security Council resolutions and the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy.

    "We have adopted an innovative recipe that combines political leadership with practitioner expertise in a state-focused process while expanding our engagement with various partners in the UN system and GCTF-inspired institutions and non-governmental organizations," Mr. Bourita continued.

    With this approach, the GCTF has succeeded in building consensus on emerging issues, paving the way for other international organizations to develop the necessary standards to structure the international community's actions to address critical challenges, he said.

    The Forum has done "remarkable" work through a proactive approach to foreign terrorist fighters, border security management, new information and communication technologies, combating terrorist financing, and preserving space.

    civic, he also noted.

    These achievements, which are based on commitment, purposeful contribution and pioneering leadership, are the result of preserving the core values ​​of the GCTF enshrined in the framework documents of the Forum, said Mr. Bourita.

    "The GCTF has undoubtedly become a central player in the international architecture to prevent and combat terrorism and violent extremism," said Mr. Bourita, welcoming the "constructive" and "strong" partnership between the parties.

    stakeholders of the UN and the Forum.

    He also acknowledged that on the eve of a new mandate cycle both in the Forum and in its working groups, the fight "unfortunately is not over yet" as terrorists "continue to adapt their tactics, seeking safe havens, harboring territorial ambitions and seeking new recruits among vulnerable individuals and communities.

    "In this context, we must maintain the identity and core values ​​of the GCTF because this Forum is more relevant and necessary than ever," he insisted, stressing that during its various co-chairs, Morocco has committed to placing the effectiveness and contribution of the GCTF in a safer world above any narrow interests.

    He concluded that during the co-chair with Canada, the focus was on the future despite the difficulties posed by COVID-19 and "we have managed, with the work of all members, to chart a meaningful course for the GCTF for the next 10 years with the adoption of the Vision Strategy for the next decade".

    Launched in 2011, the GCTF is a platform co-chaired by Morocco since 2016.

    It is made up of 30 members (29 countries + the European Union) and cooperates closely with many international, regional and sub-regional organizations, including the UN.

  •   The Minister of the Presidency Mr Mondli Gungubele will embark from today September 19 2022 on a working visit to the United States of America as part of the South African delegation to the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly UNGA The South African delegation is headed by the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Dr Naledi Pandor The 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly UNGA77 takes place at the United Nations headquarters in New York City from September 20 to 26 2022 under the theme A defining moment unlocking transformative solutions to interlocking challenges Much of the focus of the high level and parallel meetings taking place at the UNGA will be on development issues specifically health education and the broader implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals SDGs On Monday September 19 2022 Minister Gungubele will participate in the Third Moment of the 2022 Sustainable Development Goals High Level Meeting before the opening of the General Debate of the 77th United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday September 20 September 2022 The annual SDG Moment aims to provide a snapshot of progress highlight actions taken by member states and advance the transformations needed to achieve the 2030 Agenda It was created by the political declaration adopted at the first Summit of the SDGs in 2019 which directed the Secretary General to convene the event as part of each UNGA high level week from 2020 to 2030 Minister Gungubele will also attend the opening of the Education for Transformation Summit where the Minister of Education Basic Ms Angie Motshekga will deliver the country statement On Wednesday September 21 2022 Minister Gungubele in his capacity as Minister of State Security will participate in the Twelfth Ministerial Plenary Meeting of the Global Counter Terrorism Forum GCTF MM12 The Global Counterterrorism Forum GCTF was launched in New York on September 22 2011 as an informal platform to address critical counterterrorism challenges facing the world Comprised of 29 countries including South Africa the GCTF aims to make a practical contribution to addressing counter terrorism issues through the involvement of professionals and technical experts The MM12 meeting will focus particularly on the implementation of GCTF initiatives at the national and regional levels It will also take stock of the GCTF s efforts and achievements discuss its priorities and highlight future initiatives Minister Gungubele will also deliver the country s declaration on Wednesday during the High Level Meeting to mark the 30th Anniversary of the Adoption of the Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic Religious and Linguistic Minorities The high level meeting will reflect on the implementation of the declaration and at the same time identify the gaps This is particularly relevant since it has been pointed out that minorities worldwide face new barriers in the promotion and protection of their rights various forms of discrimination including hate speech and violence The various engagements at the UNGA will give South Africa the opportunity to highlight issues of national regional and international importance South Africa s participation in the General Debate of the United Nations General Assembly77 is a strategic opportunity for furthering our domestic and foreign policy goals as set out in Chapter 7 of the NDP Positioning South Africa in the World
    Minister Gungubele is part of the South African delegation to the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN)
      The Minister of the Presidency Mr Mondli Gungubele will embark from today September 19 2022 on a working visit to the United States of America as part of the South African delegation to the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly UNGA The South African delegation is headed by the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Dr Naledi Pandor The 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly UNGA77 takes place at the United Nations headquarters in New York City from September 20 to 26 2022 under the theme A defining moment unlocking transformative solutions to interlocking challenges Much of the focus of the high level and parallel meetings taking place at the UNGA will be on development issues specifically health education and the broader implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals SDGs On Monday September 19 2022 Minister Gungubele will participate in the Third Moment of the 2022 Sustainable Development Goals High Level Meeting before the opening of the General Debate of the 77th United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday September 20 September 2022 The annual SDG Moment aims to provide a snapshot of progress highlight actions taken by member states and advance the transformations needed to achieve the 2030 Agenda It was created by the political declaration adopted at the first Summit of the SDGs in 2019 which directed the Secretary General to convene the event as part of each UNGA high level week from 2020 to 2030 Minister Gungubele will also attend the opening of the Education for Transformation Summit where the Minister of Education Basic Ms Angie Motshekga will deliver the country statement On Wednesday September 21 2022 Minister Gungubele in his capacity as Minister of State Security will participate in the Twelfth Ministerial Plenary Meeting of the Global Counter Terrorism Forum GCTF MM12 The Global Counterterrorism Forum GCTF was launched in New York on September 22 2011 as an informal platform to address critical counterterrorism challenges facing the world Comprised of 29 countries including South Africa the GCTF aims to make a practical contribution to addressing counter terrorism issues through the involvement of professionals and technical experts The MM12 meeting will focus particularly on the implementation of GCTF initiatives at the national and regional levels It will also take stock of the GCTF s efforts and achievements discuss its priorities and highlight future initiatives Minister Gungubele will also deliver the country s declaration on Wednesday during the High Level Meeting to mark the 30th Anniversary of the Adoption of the Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic Religious and Linguistic Minorities The high level meeting will reflect on the implementation of the declaration and at the same time identify the gaps This is particularly relevant since it has been pointed out that minorities worldwide face new barriers in the promotion and protection of their rights various forms of discrimination including hate speech and violence The various engagements at the UNGA will give South Africa the opportunity to highlight issues of national regional and international importance South Africa s participation in the General Debate of the United Nations General Assembly77 is a strategic opportunity for furthering our domestic and foreign policy goals as set out in Chapter 7 of the NDP Positioning South Africa in the World
    Minister Gungubele is part of the South African delegation to the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN)
    Africa3 months ago

    Minister Gungubele is part of the South African delegation to the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN)

    The Minister of the Presidency, Mr. Mondli Gungubele, will embark from today, September 19, 2022, on a working visit to the United States of America as part of the South African delegation to the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

    The South African delegation is headed by the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr. Naledi Pandor.

    The 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA77) takes place at the United Nations headquarters in New York City from September 20 to 26, 2022, under the theme: "A defining moment : unlocking transformative solutions to interlocking challenges."

    Much of the focus of the high-level and parallel meetings taking place at the UNGA will be on development issues, specifically health, education and the broader implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

    On Monday, September 19, 2022, Minister Gungubele will participate in the Third Moment of the 2022 Sustainable Development Goals: High-Level Meeting before the opening of the General Debate of the 77th United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, September 20.

    September 2022.

    The annual SDG Moment aims to provide a snapshot of progress, highlight actions taken by member states, and advance the transformations needed to achieve the 2030 Agenda.

    It was created by the political declaration adopted at the first Summit of the SDGs in 2019, which directed the Secretary-General to convene the event as part of each UNGA high-level week from 2020 to 2030.

    Minister Gungubele will also attend the opening of the Education for Transformation Summit, where the Minister of Education Basic, Ms. Angie Motshekga, will deliver the country statement.

    On Wednesday, September 21, 2022, Minister Gungubele, in his capacity as Minister of State Security, will participate in the Twelfth Ministerial Plenary Meeting of the Global Counter-Terrorism Forum (GCTF) (MM12).

    The Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) was launched in New York on September 22, 2011 as an informal platform to address critical counterterrorism challenges facing the world.

    Comprised of 29 countries (including South Africa), the GCTF aims to make a practical contribution to addressing counter-terrorism issues through the involvement of professionals and technical experts.

    The MM12 meeting will focus particularly on the implementation of GCTF initiatives at the national and regional levels.

    It will also take stock of the GCTF's efforts and achievements, discuss its priorities, and highlight future initiatives.

    Minister Gungubele will also deliver the country's declaration on Wednesday during the High-Level Meeting to mark the 30th Anniversary of the Adoption of the Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities.

    The high-level meeting will reflect on the implementation of the declaration and at the same time identify the gaps.

    This is particularly relevant since it has been pointed out that minorities, worldwide, face new barriers in the promotion and protection of their rights, various forms of discrimination, including hate speech and violence.

    The various engagements at the UNGA will give South Africa the opportunity to highlight issues of national, regional and international importance.

    South Africa's participation in the General Debate of the United Nations General Assembly77 is a strategic opportunity for furthering our domestic and foreign policy goals, as set out in Chapter 7 of the NDP, Positioning South Africa in the World.

  •   Buhari appoints Yaminu Musa as CoordPresident Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of retired Rear Admiral Yaminu Musa as the pioneer Coordinator of the National Counter Terrorism Centre NCTC Mr Femi Adesina the president s spokesman confirmed this in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja The NCTC is established in the Office of the National Security Adviser ONSA as the coordinating body for the harmonization of all counter terrorism and terrorism financing efforts in the country The NCTC is equally charged with the coordination of counter terrorism policies strategies plans and support in the performance of the functions of the National Security Adviser NSA as provided in the Terrorism Prevention and Prohibition Act 2022 Before his appointment Musa had been the Director of the Counter Terrorism Directorate in the ONSA since 2017 He was responsible for the review of the National Counter Terrorism Strategy NACTEST and the creation of the Policy Framework and National Action Plan for Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism PCVE Buhari signed into law NACTEST and PCVE in 2016 and 2017 respectively The retired Naval senior officer had also served as the Nigerian representative at the Global Counterterrorism Forum GCTF for the last 3 years His appointment is to take effect immediately and to run for an initial term of 5 years Adesina further revealed NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Buhari appoints Yaminu Musa as Coordinator, National Counter Terrorism Centre
      Buhari appoints Yaminu Musa as CoordPresident Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of retired Rear Admiral Yaminu Musa as the pioneer Coordinator of the National Counter Terrorism Centre NCTC Mr Femi Adesina the president s spokesman confirmed this in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja The NCTC is established in the Office of the National Security Adviser ONSA as the coordinating body for the harmonization of all counter terrorism and terrorism financing efforts in the country The NCTC is equally charged with the coordination of counter terrorism policies strategies plans and support in the performance of the functions of the National Security Adviser NSA as provided in the Terrorism Prevention and Prohibition Act 2022 Before his appointment Musa had been the Director of the Counter Terrorism Directorate in the ONSA since 2017 He was responsible for the review of the National Counter Terrorism Strategy NACTEST and the creation of the Policy Framework and National Action Plan for Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism PCVE Buhari signed into law NACTEST and PCVE in 2016 and 2017 respectively The retired Naval senior officer had also served as the Nigerian representative at the Global Counterterrorism Forum GCTF for the last 3 years His appointment is to take effect immediately and to run for an initial term of 5 years Adesina further revealed NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Buhari appoints Yaminu Musa as Coordinator, National Counter Terrorism Centre
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    Buhari appoints Yaminu Musa as Coordinator, National Counter Terrorism Centre

    Buhari appoints Yaminu Musa as CoordPresident Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of retired Rear Admiral Yaminu Musa as the pioneer Coordinator of the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC).

    Mr Femi Adesina, the president’s spokesman, confirmed this in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja.

    The NCTC is established in the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) as the coordinating body for the harmonization of all counter terrorism and terrorism financing efforts in the country.

    The NCTC is equally charged with the coordination of counter terrorism policies, strategies, plans and support in the performance of the functions of the National Security Adviser (NSA), as provided in the Terrorism (Prevention and Prohibition) Act 2022. Before his appointment, Musa had been the Director of the Counter Terrorism Directorate in the ONSA since 2017. He was responsible for the review of the National Counter Terrorism Strategy (NACTEST), and the creation of the Policy Framework and National Action Plan for Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism (PCVE).

    Buhari signed into law NACTEST and PCVE in 2016  and 2017 respectively.

    The retired Naval senior officer had also served as the Nigerian representative at the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) for the last 3 years.

    ”His appointment is to take effect immediately and to run for an initial term of 5 years,” Adesina further revealed.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

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