In his opening remarks, Dr. Espiritu, Counsellor at the Sovereign Order of Malta’s mission to the UN, appealed to the international community, and specifically to the Third Committee of the United Nations, to foster synergy between civil society, state entities, and relevant local representatives. He emphasized that this vital element ensures the intricate connection of our intergovernmental counter-terrorism framework with local civil society, thereby enhancing our capacity to respond to acts of terrorism while upholding the rule of law.
Dr. Espiritu expanded on these sentiments by illustrating how a collective, concerted effort grounded in the rule of law and involving multiple stakeholders will aid in efforts to prevent recruitment of vulnerable and confused young people into terrorism. He emphasized that a more conscientious and inclusive approach will reduce the susceptibility of specific communities to exploitation and enlistment into such organizations.
Dr. Espiritu drew from our experience in global prison initiatives to demonstrate our expertise in the topic. He emphasized that the scale of success in counterterrorism resides in the strength of local initiatives. Mobilizing youth against the snares of terrorism and providing them with vital opportunities through education and employment serves as a cornerstone of preventive efforts. He concluded by posing a question to the Special Rapporteur, asking how she plans to facilitate collaboration between civil society and state entities which addresses counter-terrorism efforts.