New Delhi, Oct 29 (PTI) UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Saturday called for concerted global efforts to tackle the challenge of using new technologies by various terrorist groups to radicalise people and foster discord in societies.
In a message to the meeting of the UN Security Council’s Counter-Terrorism Committee in Delhi, he expressed concern about the misuse of new technologies by various terrorist groups to spread disinformation, foment discord and radicalize the youth.
The anti-terrorism meeting in Delhi is attended by representatives of the 15 member nations of the UN Security Council.
Guterres’ message was read by an official of the world body.
“New and emerging technologies have unparalleled potential to improve human conditions everywhere, but unfortunately they have also been misused by many, including malicious actors,” said the UN Secretary-General.
“Terrorists and others who espouse ideologies of hate are abusing new and emerging technologies to spread disinformation, foment discord, recruit and radicalize, mobilize resources and execute attacks,” he said.
Guterres said the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed many vulnerabilities to such misuse.
“We must take concrete steps to reduce these vulnerabilities while committing to protecting all human rights in the digital realm,” he said.
“This can only be achieved through effective multilateralism and international cooperation by anchoring our responses to the values and obligations of the UN Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” he added.
India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ruchira Kamboj said new and emerging technologies have helped drive economic growth but have also posed challenges that need the attention of the international community.
Kamboj chairs the meeting.
He said the use of new technologies to carry out terrorist activities is increasing.
“The use of new and emerging technologies for terrorist purposes is increasing, diversifying and evolving as different technologies become cheaper and more readily available,” he said.
In addition to representatives of member countries of the UN Security Council, the meeting is attended by world experts and leading agencies with the aim of debating the threats posed by the use of technologies for terrorist purposes.
The first day’s meeting took place in Mumbai on Friday.
It is the first time that the UN Security Council is holding a meeting, in any format, in India. PTI MPB AQS AQS
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