India’s 8 point Action Plan to UNSC to Combat Terrorism

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has put forward an eight-point action plan to fight against terrorism. He proposed the 8-point action plan at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). The minister recently addressed the UNSC open debate ’20 years after the adoption of resolution 1373 at UNSC. The UNSC 1373 Resolution was passed after the 9/11 attack on the US to counter-terrorism.

Key Points

  • The 8-point action plan proposed by the minister includes-
  • It should be ensured that terrorism is not justified and terrorists are not glorified. All members should fulfill their obligations as per international counter-terrorism conventions.
  • There should be no double standards in this battle against terrorism.
  • The methods and working of the committees dealing with sanctions and counter-terrorism need to be reformed.
  • Thinking that divides the world and disrupt social harmony should be discouraged. Such people create hatred among people.
  • Enlisting and delisting entities and individuals under the UN sanctions regimes should not have any effect on religious or political considerations.
  • Any link between transnational organized crime and terrorism must be recognized and addressed aggressively.
  • The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) should point out weaknesses in anti-money laundering and counter-terror financing frameworks and provide remedies. Increased UN coordination with FATF can help a lot in this regard.
  • Attention should be given to proper funding to UN Counter-Terrorism bodies in the UN regular budget requires.

This UNSC meeting was headed by the current council President, Othman Jerandi. He is the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Tunisia.