India has contributed an additional $500,000 to the United Nations Trust Fund for Counter-Terrorism, taking the country’s donation to the UN office set up to oppose terrorism to over $1 million.
India said it was keen to continue working with the UN office to further the common purpose of fighting terrorism.
“India is proud to contribute USD 500,000 to the UN Trust Fund for Counter-Terrorism,” the Permanent Mission of India to the UN tweeted.
Along with this amount, India’s total contribution to it so far is $1.05 million.
“Keen to continue our work with @UN_OCT on specific programs/projects to further our common objective to combat terrorism,” the Mission said, referring to the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT).
In line with General Assembly resolution 71/291 that established UNOCT in June 2017, the UN Trust Fund for Counter-Terrorism was transferred to UNOCT.
India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador TS Tirumurti tweeted: “India infuses an additional USD 500,000 into @UN Counter Terrorism Trust Fund. India continues its strong & focused commitment to help member states build capacity to prevent & counter terrorism.”
More than one million dollars have been contributed to the UNOCT by India till date, including for Africa, he added.
The UN Trust Fund for Counter-Terrorism was founded by the Secretary-General in 2009. It gets funding for UNOCT’s programme of work, providing technical support and capacity-building support to the Member States through the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre (UNCCT) and the Special Projects and Innovation Branch (SPIB), according to its website.
The UNOCT has got $236 million in hard pledges and donations from 31 donors as of December 2019, through the Trust Fund for Counter-Terrorism established in 2009, as well as through other allocations for UNOCT.
From this amount, $163.4 million has been received in cash while the balance is to be received in future periods.
The UN Office of Counter-Terrorism, founded in 2017, improves coordination and consistency across the Global Counter-Terrorism Coordination Compact entities to ensure the balanced implementation of the four pillars of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy.
It confirms the delivery of United Nations counter-terrorism capacity-building support to Member States; improve clarity, support and reserve mobilisation for United Nations counter-terrorism efforts.
It also guarantees that due preference is given to counterterrorism across the United Nations system and that the important work on stopping violent extremism is strongly rooted in the policy.