UN Security Committees report to Security Council

On 11 May, the UN Counter-Terrorism Committee, the Al-Qaida and Taliban Sanctions Committee, and the Committee dealing with the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction briefed the Security Council on their activities.

Speaking on behalf of the three Committees established to enforce the Security Council’s counter-terrorism measures and related sanctions — the subsidiary bodies established pursuant to resolution 1373 (2001) on counter-terrorism; resolution 1267 (1999) on Al-Qaida and Taliban sanctions; and resolution 1540 (2004) on the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction — Claude Heller of Mexico, who chairs the 1540 Committee, said that the Committees and their expert groups were now working jointly in developing a strategy, coordinating with other organizations and assisting Member States in reporting and other compliance measures.

Describing the activities of his own Committee, he said that a recently completed review confirmed that resolution 1540 (2004) had prompted significant action across the globe, with nearly 160 States having reported on their capabilities and challenges in preventing terrorists from accessing weapons of mass destruction. 

Thomas Mayr-Harting of Austria, Chairman of the Al-Qaida and Taliban Sanctions Committee, reported on methods to update the listing and de-listing of individuals and entities, following the directives of Council resolutions 1822 (2008) and 1904 (2009) to ensure that the consolidated list remained dynamic, reflected current threats and that the process was fair. 

Ertuğrul Apakan of Turkey, Chairman of the Committee established pursuant to resolution 1373 (2001) concerning counter-terrorism, said that body had adopted a more strategic and transparent approach in its deliberations and working methods and, in the last six months, had taken up issues such as border control and security, implementation and assessment of resolution 1624 (2005), maritime security and terrorist acts committed at sea, implementation of the extradition requirements and law enforcement.

In the debate that followed, Member States of the Security Council generally welcomed the improvements of due process to the terrorist listing procedure introduced by Security Council Resolution 1904 (2009) and called for a timely appointment of the Ombudsman provided for in the resolution.

(h/t ICJ)

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