NEW YORK, MAY 24 – The UN Security Council unanimously adopted a Comprehensive International Framework to Counter Terrorist Narratives (S/201/375) to provide “recommended guidelines and good practices to counter, in compliance with international law, the ways that ISIL (Da’esh), Al-Qaida and associated individuals, groups, undertakings, and entities use their narratives to encourage, motivate, and recruit others to commit terrorist attacks”.
Italy co-sposored Resolution 2354: “We need widely shared positive education to undermine false beliefs”, the Italian Representative Sebastiano Cardi said after casting a “yes” vote.
The actual terrorist threat, as never before, is leveraging propaganda to spread the message of hate and mislead people, especially young people, and continue to recruit fighters. It is now clear throughout the international community that countering terrorism only militarily, or by blocking its sources of revenue, is not enough: it is crucial that the credibility of their distorted interpretation of religion be undermined by effective and widely shared positive information and education.
Based on a thorough study of the Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate and the CTC proposal for a Comprehensive International Framework, this resolution provides Member States with guidelines and good practices on how to develop counter-narratives at all levels, which may be molded according to any regional or local peculiarities. Italy is convinced that with the adoption of this resolution, in full respect of international legal standards, in particular, human rights, refugee, and humanitarian law, the United Nations has paved the way toward a coherent, harmonious and credible evolution of positive communication against any misleading, violent ideology.
The development of counter-narratives will be included among the items assessed by the CTED during its visits to Member States – which means that through the experience gained and the evaluations made in different countries, the Comprehensive International Framework will be able to refine and share best practices. Italy has a longstanding tradition of respect for the Rule of Law, human rights, and cultural diversity – all principles included in this resolution that we decided to co-sponsor and adopt. (@OnuItalia)