During the Mumbai session, council members visited the 26/11 memorial at the Taj Mahal Palace hotel in Mumbai. The visit was followed by the inaugural speech by Foreign Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar at the informal briefing on Countering Terrorist Financing in Local and Regional Contexts. Further discussions on countering the use of new and emerging technologies for terrorist purposes took place during the meeting.
EAM Dr. S. Jaishankar delivered the keynote speech at the plenary session of the special meeting. In his address, he noted that despite the United Nations Security Council’s efforts to develop an architecture against the threat of terrorism, its threat is still growing.
“The threat of terrorism is growing and spreading, particularly in Asia and Africa, as successive reports by the Sanctions Committee’s 1267 Monitoring Reports have highlighted,” he said.
technology and terrorism
As the theme of the special meeting suggests, all members came together to consider the use of new and emerging technologies in terrorism. The way the world works has been completely transformed by technological advances and developments over the past two decades.
The cutting-edge technologies ranging from virtual private networks and encrypted messaging services to blockchain and virtual currencies offer a very bright future for humankind’s economic and social benefits. But every coin has two sides. The same is true of technology when it comes to terrorism. The EAM mentioned the challenges posed by terrorists’ use of technology and how they have vastly improved their capabilities.
“They use technology and money, and above all the ethos of open societies, to attack freedom, tolerance and progress. Internet and social media platforms have become powerful tools in the toolbox of terrorist and militant groups to spread propaganda, radicalization and conspiracy theories aimed at destabilizing societies,” he said during his keynote speech at the special session.
The minister also highlighted the increasing use of unmanned aerial systems by terrorist groups. Speaking about the issue, he further added: “Because it is a relatively inexpensive option and accessibility is becoming easier, the misuse of these unmanned aerial platforms by terrorist groups stands for nefarious purposes such as supplying weapons and explosives and targeting them.” Attacks imminent Attention.” According to him, the possibilities of using armed drones for terrorist attacks on strategic, infrastructural and commercial assets of nations deserve serious attention by member states of the United Nations Security Council.
The EAM shared India’s experience of the 2008 Mumbai attacks, where the country witnessed terrorists using Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), and also spoke about the attacks on other countries. He mentioned the cross-border drone strikes on the UAE and Saudi Arabia and the use of drones to monitor UN peacekeeping movements in Africa. He reiterated India’s commitment to increase international efforts to counter terrorism and counter the use of new and emerging technologies.