"The United Nations stands in solidarity with the Government and people of Spain in the fight against terrorism and violent extremism"
17 August 2017- Secretary-General António Guterres said the United Nations stands in solidarity with the Government and people of Spain in the fight against terrorism and violent extremism.
“He extends his heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of those killed and to the Government and people of Spain,” according to a statement issued by UN Deputy Spokesman Farhan Haq.
In a separate statement, the Security Council reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security.
The 15 members of the Council “expressed their solidarity with Spain in its fight against terrorism and stressed the need to intensify international efforts to combat terrorism and violent extremism, which may be conducive to terrorism.”
Condemnations echoed from other UN bodies and agencies.
The High Representative for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, called the attack “brutal” targeting “a group of innocent people.”
“Yet again, we are forced to face the hateful actions of people who show no regard for the sanctity or value of life,” Mr. Al-Nasser said.
Spain is one of the co-sponsors of UNAOC, a collective promoting pluralism, peace and tolerance.
The UN World Tourism Organization (WTO) condemned the attack as “heinous” and urged the international community to “fight these forces of darkness and all acts of terror.”
According to media reports, a van ran into a crowd of pedestrians walking through Barcelona's famed Las Ramblas area, killing at least 13 people and wounding dozens of others.
More about the UN and terrorism
The United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism was established through the adoption of General Assembly resolution 71/291 on 15 June 2017. Mr. Vladimir Ivanovich Voronkov was appointed as Under-Secretary-General of the Office on 21 June 2017.
The Office of Counter-Terrorism has five main functions:
- provide leadership on the General Assembly counter-terrorism mandates entrusted to the Secretary-General from across the United Nations system;
- enhance coordination and coherence across the 38 Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force entities to ensure the balanced implementation of the four pillars of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy;
- strengthen the delivery of United Nations counter-terrorism capacity-building assistance to Member States;
- improve visibility, advocacy and resource mobilization for United Nations counter-terrorism efforts; and
- ensure that due priority is given to counterterrorism across the United Nations system and that the important work on preventing violent extremism is firmly rooted in the Strategy.