The United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) Programme Office in Rabat
March 30, 2022
The United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) Programme Office in Rabat for Counter-Terrorism and Training in Africa organized an in-person, live presentation of the 2022 Global Terrorism Index (GTI) Report PDF for member states representatives and UN entities in Rabat.
Produced by the Institute for Economics & Peace (IEP), the GTI provides key global trends and patterns in terrorism around the world. More than 50 participants from national and international institutions, member states and think tanks attended the event and discussed measures to combat terrorism in the region.
In his opening message, Mr. Mauro Miedico, UNCCT Deputy Director and Chief, Special Projects and Innovation Branch stressed that gaining better understanding of terrorist threats can improve policies and practices for addressing terrorism and preventing violent extremism at the national and international level. “UNOCT Rabat Programme Office welcomes the findings of the 2022 Global Terrorism Index. The report offers a deeper understanding of the evolving terrorism landscape, and provides valuable information to policy makers and practitioners, which will help further enhance their strategic understanding and operational skills”.
Mr. Steve Killelea, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) highlighted that terrorism remains a serious threat in the region, with Sub-Saharan Africa accounting for 48% of total global deaths from terrorism and being home to four of the ten countries globally with the largest increases in deaths from terrorism.
The report presentation was also live-streamed to the High-Level Conference “Understanding the terrorist threat in Africa: new challenges and necessary measures”, organized by the UNOCT Parliamentary Engagement Office in Doha.
The event is part of UNOCT’s overall efforts to facilitate the adoption of whole-of-society responses to terrorist threats by increasing the availability of up-to-date information and expert analysis of global terrorists. Serving as a regional counter-terrorism training hub, the Rabat-based UNOCT Programme Office for Counter-Terrorism and Training in Africa contributed a chapter to the 2022 GTI. Together with the Government of the Kingdom of Morocco, the Programme Office develops capacity-building assistance in the form of accredited training programmes that leverage local, regional and international expertise in West Africa and the Sahel.