The Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans Residing Abroad, Nasser Bourita, proceeded on Thursday to the inauguration of the headquarters of the United Nations Program Office for the fight against terrorism and training in Africa with the participation, by videoconference, of the Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Office (ONUCT), Vladimir Voronkov.
This ceremony took place in the presence of the national departments involved as well as the diplomatic corps accredited in Rabat. It was broadcast from New York to allow participants in the 2nd International Counterterrorism Week to take part and follow its work.
The new Program Office will work to develop and implement accredited programs aimed primarily at capacity building and skills development in the field of counterterrorism, particularly in the areas of security, investigations and prosecutions, prisons and borders, disengagement, rehabilitation and reintegration.
This new regional office will be based on the pooling of expertise from Morocco and UNCTAD in order to provide quality training for the benefit of African States, according to a collaborative and united approach reflecting a spirit of collective responsibility.
The choice of Morocco as a partner for the establishment of this Program Office is further proof of the confidence and esteem enjoyed by the National Strategy to Combat Terrorism and Violent Extremism under the leadership of King Mohammed VI. .
This project also makes it possible to consolidate the continuous commitment and the values of sharing adopted by Morocco and the privileged place of African questions in the diplomatic initiatives of the Kingdom, in accordance with the royal guidelines.
As a reminder, the UNCTAD was created in June 2017 to support the efforts of the various UN institutions in their missions aimed at supporting Member States in the implementation of the United Nations global strategy to combat terrorism.