Qatar inks deals with UN on counter-terrorism
Doha (Qatar), 29 September 2020 – The State of Qatar and the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism signed the contribution agreement to support the International Center for Behavioral Insights on Counter-Terrorism as a program office of the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism established in Doha, in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding between the State of Qatar and the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Office.
The signing ceremony took place virtually, as Her Excellency Sheikha Alya Ahmed bin Saif Al Thani, Permanent Representative of the State of Qatar to the United Nations, signed the agreement on behalf of the State of Qatar, while His Excellency Mr. Vladimir Voronkov, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Head of the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism, signed On the agreement on behalf of the United Nations.
According to the agreement, the International Center will work to develop research in the behavioral sciences, to better understand the motives and factors that contribute to violent extremism leading to terrorism.
The Center will provide capacity-building assistance to Member States, regional organizations and civil society partners to develop and implement programs, projects and initiatives that integrate behavioral counter-terrorism ideas, and to enhance communication and partnerships to share knowledge, experience, experiences and lessons on behavioral-informed counter-terrorism operations.
During the signing ceremony, Ambassador Sheikha Alya Ahmed bin Saif Al Thani said, “The initiative to establish an international center for behavioral visions to combat terrorism in Doha comes in line with the role of the State of Qatar as an active partner in international efforts to combat the scourge of terrorism and violent extremism, and its focus on developing advanced solutions. And evidence-based global challenges.
In his turn, His Excellency Mr. Vladimir Voronkov expressed his appreciation to the government of the State of Qatar for its generous contribution to the International Center and the close cooperation between the State of Qatar and the United Nations Office for Counter-Terrorism .. Mr. Voronkov expressed his full confidence in the important contribution that the International Center will provide to support counter-terrorism efforts by governments Regional organizations and civil society.
He said, “The permanent strategic partnership with the State of Qatar is part of our collective efforts to enhance regional and international cooperation in the field of combating terrorism.”
The program office will benefit from the experiences of local and regional actors in the field of combating terrorism, and enhance cooperation and coordination in programming with the United Nations International Counter-Terrorism Coordination Strategy … The State of Qatar has contributed five million dollars to support the center and its activities for three years.
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