A High level delegation of UN Officials visits ACSRT

UN delegation

On 6 April 2014 a high-level delegation of United Nations officials led by Ms. Cristina Amaral, Director, UNDP Representative and Resident Coordinator, visited the African Centre for the Study and Research on Terrorism (ACSRT). Their discussion with Ambassador Francisco Madeira Special Representative of the AU Chairperson for Counter Terrorism Cooperation and Director of the ACSRT focused on the African Union’s Counter Terrorism Strategy and the current Terrorism situation in different African Regions.

Ambassador Madeira used the opportunity to inform the delegation about the role of the African Union on the counter terrorism front in the Continent and around the world.

He also highlighted the efforts undertaken by the ACSRT to address the scourge of Terrorism. He clarified that the ACSRT also provides a forum for interaction and cooperation among Member States and Regional Mechanisms on CT issues.

The Centre plays an important role in the implementation of the AU’s CT frame works in collaboration with a number of regional and international partners to ensure coherent and coordinated CT action on the continent.

The delegation stated that terrorism poses a real and serious threat to peace and security on the African Continent and beyond. Terrorism is a global threat that knows no border, nationality or region, a challenge that the international community must tackle together.

The delegation also agreed to promote the strategic priorities of the AUC in the areas of democracy, good governance, promotion and protection of human rights, transparency and justice.

Ambassador Madeira was delighted to welcome the delegation to ACSRT and expressed his willingness to work with the different UN agencies in various areas.