NEW YORK, MAY 11 – Terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) continue to pose serious threats to international peace and security. “These threats are constantly evolving and recent, alarming developments, including the use of chemical weapons in Syria by State and non-State actors, have demonstrated the tangible, concrete challenge that the international community is facing”, the Italian Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Inigo Lambertini told the UN Security Council on Thursday.
Lambertini spoke following a joint briefing of the head of three UN committee that deal with counter-terrorism and the contrast to groups like ISIL and Al Qaeda. “Since no country is immune to the terrorist threat today, it remains imperative for Member States to take the necessary steps to effectively implement the most relevant resolutions and to put in place long-term prevention efforts, in compliance with their obligations under international law, including human rights law. In this regard, Italy recognizes the relevance of the ongoing work of the Counter-Terrorism Committee and its Executive Directorate, in particular, their efforts to assist Member States to achieve full implementation of Security Council resolutions on terrorism and to identify important issues, trends, and developments”.
The Italian Ambassador put the spotlight on the risk posed by the abuse of scientific innovation: “Terrorist individuals and entities are benefiting from rapid advances in science, technology and international commerce for proliferation purposes. This phenomenon demonstrates how the abuse of emerging scientific innovations can facilitate the spread of illicit proliferation activities, particularly through the illegal transfer of sensitive technology and illicit financial transactions. These shortfalls enable terrorist entities and transnational criminal networks to obtain access to weapons of mass destruction and make it harder for States to put in place effective controls to prevent proliferation activities”. (@OnuItalia)