Overcoming Challenges in Situations of Armed Conflict and Counter-Terrorism Operations
Contemporary armed conflicts have become more protracted and impactful to civilian lives, livelihoods and settlements thus producing multiple humanitarian crises. Local and regional terrorist groups affiliated to international terrorist groups are contributing directly to these crises in many ways. Their motivation is that terrorism, as an operational and ideological tool, is a key force multiplier that allows them to sustain their armed movement. In keeping with this, part of their strategy is to exploit the humanitarian crises created by their activities.
Individual member states, regional and multilateral organisations have evolved measures for prevention, to deter and punish individuals, entities and groups who are engaged or support diverse forms of terrorist acts. Over the years, the UN has established a detailed normative and institutional framework with the purpose of strengthening the criminal repression of acts of terrorism and curtailing support to designated terrorist groups.
The objectives of the Arria Formula meeting will include;
- Assessing the extent to which insurgent and terrorist groups are consciously incorporating humanitarian situations into their strategies and operations.
- Evaluating the extent to which humanitarian carve-outs in UN Security Council resolutions, and associated international instruments, are sufficient to protect, allow, and facilitate impartial humanitarian action.
- Exploring new approaches and opportunities to limit terrorist groups' exploitation of civilian suffering to raise finances and recruit new members.
- Promoting dialogue and co-operation between the counter-terrorism and humanitarian communities and institutions most related to Security Council mandates.