Ambassador Madeira Presented the ACSRT in the Global Counter-Terrorism Conference in Saudi Arabia

Riyadh meeting

The United Nations Counter‐Terrorism Centre (UNCCT) in partnership with the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia held a two‐day international conference from 16‐17 February 2013 in Riyadh. The meeting brought together participants from national, regional and international counter‐terrorism centers, think tanks and Government‐sponsored entities and initiatives from all regions of the world. The purpose of the discussions was to promote synergies and share good practices to promote implementation of the United Nations Counter‐Terrorism Strategy and to develop an informed network of national, regional and global counter‐terrorism centers.

Conference participants included representatives from the 21 member states of the Advisory Board of the UN Counter-Terrorism Centre (UNCCT) as well as Senior UN officials and representatives of nearly 50 countries, the European Union, 28 global active CT centers, including the ACSRT and the Saudi government.

This conference sought to address the status of the capacity building efforts to prevent and combat terrorism, ensure respect of human rights for all and highlight the rule of law as a fundamental elements in the fight against terrorism.
H.E Ambassador Francisco Madeira, Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission for Counter‐Terrorism Cooperation, Director of the African Centre for the Study and Research on Terrorism (ACSRT), started his statement by praising the Government of Saudi Arabia government for hosting this timely conference and paid tribute to CTITF and the UN Counter Terrorism Centre for playing a lead role in the global fight against terrorism
Ambassador Madeira described the situation by depicting the ground realities as they are in most African countries. He explained that despite widely recognized Africa’s increased economic momentum, most African countries are facing serious challenges, including poverty, mortal diseases, political instability, high unemployment rate, conflicts of different types, terrorism and transnational organized crime.

He added that Al Qaeda Central, Al Qaeda in the Arabic Peninsula, Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), Boko Haram in Nigeria, Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa (MUJWA) and Al-Shabaab in East Africa, are conspiring together and rejoicing at each other’s success.
He indicated that the prevention and fight against terrorism is part and parcel of the African Union’s Peace and Security architecture. The Architecture provides an approach that takes into full consideration the requirements of the four pillars of the Global Counter terrorism strategy and are in line with and complement the UN effort against terrorism.

In addition, the ACSRT is the executive arm of the Peace and Security Council and the Peace and Security Department on matters relating to terrorism. At the core of the ACSRT’s work is the existence of a network of national and regional focal points linked to the ACSRT through a secure communication system based and coordinated from our centre. With this effective network of communication, the ACSRT can ensure holistic response to what is happening or is about to happen on the terrorism front in each AU Member State, in each region and in the world at large.

ACSRT also Implements activities related to the prevention and combating of terrorism, developing and enhancing member states counter terrorism capacity and expertise through training programs, workshops and symposia.

Finally Ambassador Madeira thanked GCTF, the UN in general and its agencies for their leading role in the global war against terrorism and expressed the hope for more co-operation between the ACSRT and the UN CTITF and the centres on counter terrorism cooperation in Africa and in each of the five continents.