Indisputably, terrorism is a threat to world peace.
As it thrives in a world of ours where violation of human rights, ethnic and religious discrimination, rising violence and socio-economic marginalization are very much in practice, it has succeeded in disregarding value of human lives, increase violence and conflicts and pose a serious threat to freedom and peace in the world at large.
One its principal purpose of maintaining international peace and security is directly marginalized by the terrorist acts around the world and therefore it cannot keep avoiding the problem as in the past for a very long time.
Second it is perhaps the only world body with it broad base reach that is uniquely placed to foster international and regional cooperation to fight against terrorism.
Strengthening Nation Capacity To Counter Terrorism. While the international conventions and treaties against terrorism create obligations for states, United Nations through various offices and agencies provide assistance for states in order to meet the challenges in fulfilling theses obligations. In this regard the following offices of United Nations are worthy of mention- United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Provides assistance to Member States through its offices established in over 166 countries to strengthen the legal framework and promote good governance . Provides assistance to countries emerging from conflicts with training and reorganising the various law enforcement agencies in the state.
Subsequently the General Assembly in 1972 first defined international terrorism as a distinct problem in the wake of several major incidents notably was the killing of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich.
While any concrete effort to counter the threat have always been marginalized by those favouring the rights of national liberation movements fighting against colonial regimes and other forms of external domination, United Nations though in an ideal position to counter the threat in the nascent stages could not contribute to the cause more than the lip service during various tragic incidents.
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