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 - Read more about the UN role in fighting terrorism in the 2005 Country Reports on Terrorism.
  

United Nations (UN)

The United Nations, acting through the Security Council, plays a leading role in the international response to international terrorism.  It acted swiftly and with unanimity in the wake of the events of September 11, 2001, to oblige all UN Member States to take unprecedented steps to fight international terrorism.  Such steps include:  requiring States to freeze terrorist assets and economic resources; to prohibit the provision of material support to terrorists; to deny terrorists safe haven; to prevent terrorist travel; to share terrorist-related information with other States; and to assist in criminal prosecutions of terrorists.  It created a Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC) and a Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate (CTED) to monitor, assess and facilitate implementation of UN sanctions against terrorists, including through capacity building and technical assistance.  The Security Council also maintains a Sanctions Committee targeted towards implementation of sanctions specific to al-Qaeda, the Taliban and Usama bin Laden.

The UN General Assembly's role in the fight against terrorism is principally focused on the adoption of international conventions and protocols (treaties) related to terrorism.  There are twelve conventions and protocols currently in effect related to terrorism, and the United States is party to all of them.  In 2005, the General Assembly adopted and opened for State signature and ratification the thirteenth - dealing with nuclear terrorism.  President Bush signed this convention in September, 2005, and will submit it to the Senate for advice and consent to ratification shortly.

  
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