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21 Jun 2023

H. E. Dr. Mohamed Al Kuwaiti reviews the UAE's leading cybersecurity experience at the United Nations High-Level Conference on Counter-Terrorism

H.E. Dr. Mohamed Al Kuwaiti, Head of the Cyber Security Council, delivered the UAE's speech at the ongoing third high-level conference on counter-terrorism, held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The conference was attended by government officials and experts in the field of cybersecurity and counter-terrorism.

The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, inaugurated the conference, which serves as a significant global platform for cooperation and combating all forms of global terrorism. Over the course of four days, the conference conducted thorough reviews in its main sessions and held 41 side events dedicated to addressing global terrorism issues. Participants engaged in discussions on the challenges and opportunities faced by the global community in this domain, exchanging experiences and information among government officials and participating experts.

During his speech in the session on "Strengthening Capacity Building Programs," H.E. Dr. Mohamed Al Kuwaiti emphasized the importance of identifying the gaps that our communities face in the era of digital transformation. He highlighted the impact on our social life and sensitive infrastructure and stressed the need to provide solutions to mitigate these risks. Dr. Al Kuwaiti pointed out that the tools used for terrorism have evolved over time, as terrorism knows no borders and targets indiscriminately. Therefore, addressing terrorism requires employing the same tools. The United Arab Emirates is constantly evolving in all areas contributing to counter-terrorism efforts, prioritizing the safety and protection of all individuals.

The Head of the Cyber Security Council of the Government of the United Arab Emirates presented elements of the UAE's leading experience in cybersecurity at the conference. He emphasized the UAE's active collaboration with international partners in building capabilities and raising awareness through various initiatives such as the Cyber pulse, which targets all sectors of the community and utilizes existing tools to reach a wide range of beneficiaries. The UAE is prepared to work with other states to disseminate and implement this initiative, aiming to improve outcomes and measure impact. This highlights the crucial role of the UAE in combating terrorism and addressing the risks faced by the community across all spectrums.

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres emphasized the importance of international cooperation in the fight against terrorism during his speech. He noted that terrorism impacts every region globally and exploits vulnerabilities and instabilities in political, security, and economic systems. To effectively combat terrorism, Guterres stressed the need for unified efforts in four key areas: strengthening the main tool in counter-terrorism efforts, the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy; prevention; protection of human rights; and ensuring adequate funding.

The conference included several side events where opinions were exchanged on major priorities and discussions focused on the latest tools and techniques used to promote security and world peace. The conference centered around its main theme of "Dealing with terrorism through active pluralism and institutional cooperation."