External Affairs Minister on Saturday said India would contribute half a million dollars to the UN’s efforts to combat global terrorism as new and emerging technologies used by terror groups pose new threats to governments around the world.
Addressing a special meeting of the UN Counter-Terrorism Committee in New Delhi, S Jaishankar said the money would go towards the UN Trust Fund against terrorism and further strengthen the organization’s fight against terrorism.
It was the first such conference – focused on the daunting threats posed by terror groups in the face of new technologies – to be held outside the United Nations headquarters in New York.
Jaishankar said new technologies, similar as translated messaging services and blockchain, are decreasingly being misused by terrorist groups and vicious actors, egging an critical need for the transnational community to borrow measures to fight pitfalls.
“The Internet and social media platforms have come important tools in the toolkit of terrorist and terrorist groups to spread propaganda, partisanship and conspiracy propositions aimed at destabilizing society,” he said in his keynote address.
Jaishankar also stressed the growing trouble from terrorist groups and felonious associations using unmanned upstanding systems similar as drones, calling them a challenge for security agencies worldwide.
“In Africa, drones have been used by terrorist groups to cover the conditioning of security forces and indeed UN peacemakers, making them vulnerable to terrorist attacks,” he said.
British Foreign Secretary James Cleverley reiterated the troubles of unmanned upstanding platforms, saying similar systems were being used to induce terror, death and destruction.
“Drones are presently being used to target critical public structure and mercenary targets in Russia’s brutal irruption of Ukraine,” he said.
“That’s why we’ve banned three Iranian military commanders and an Iranian company involved in the force of drones.”
The special conference began on Friday in Mumbai, India’s fiscal and entertainment capital, following the massive terror attack in 2008 that killed 140 Indian citizens and 26 citizens from 23 other countries which had entered India from Pakistan.
Jaishankar said India regretted the UN Security Council’s inability to act in some instances, undermining its collective credibility and interests when it came to prosecuting terrorists for political reasons.
He did not name China but referred to its decision to block UN sanctions against leaders of Jaish-e-Mohammed, a Pakistan-based extremist group designated as a terrorist organization by the United Nations.