The threat of terrorism and its growth is a matter of immediate concern. With the recent attacks of IS and false promises of Boku Haram, the international community finds itself forced to address theses challenges as effectively and immediately as possible. The United Nations Special Session on Terrorism convened for its second meeting to discuss the rising issue of terrorist recruitment from developing nations. The global representatives were locked in an intensive debate on the actual application and solution proposals in the three working papers on the table for discussion.
“We would like to remind the delegates sitting in this room that the world does not revolve around them!” strongly stated the representative of Ghana and further stressed on the need to set political gains aside and work together to solve this ever growing threat. The committee was enthusiastic in proposing a number of analytical and critical solutions to combat the situation at hand. Among this plethora of solutions and deliberations; a few stood out. The representative of the African Republic suggested, “We must ensure that minority communities have provisions protecting them in order to prevent chaos similar to that between the Shia and Sunni Muslims” while the delegation of Libya stressed on the need for financial aid to support developing nations in order to provide better resources and education to vulnerable civilians.
In response to the proposed solutions,”We need to be more specific in our approach and come up with policies that not only look good on paper but are also plausible in reality” argued the United States of America. Of the three working papers submitted, Working paper 1.1 was accused of not being realistic in their policy suggestions. While working paper 1.2 was on the receiving end of criticism by various delegations on it’s proposal to temporarily shut down the internet in regions that have seen a rise in terrorist recruitments through social media among other loopholes. Whereas working paper 1.3 was well received and agreed upon by most representatives of the international community with a few exceptions from counties such as Germany and United states, that expressed concern regarding various loopholes.
The delegation of Ukraine suggested extensive debate on the working papers and possibly merging the best suited solutions in to one comprehensive document. The committee accepted this idea and is moving toward further debate before choosing a final course of action. The main concern that remains is the applicability and implementation of these policies in a manner that ensures they are effective.