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Virtual open briefing of the Counter-Terrorism Committee on “The threat of terrorism in Latin America and the Caribbean”
14 Dec 2020 -  The threat of terrorism in Latin America and the Caribbean remains generally low. However, Governments are aware of the evolving and decentralized threat posed by international terrorist groups, including the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as Da’esh) and Al-Qaida.

The risk of recruitment to terrorism and radicalization to violent extremism conducive to terrorism, the growing volume and accessibility of terrorist propaganda, and the potential exploitation of the banking system and informal economies of many States to fund terrorist networks remain matters of concern. Moreover, because of its geography, the region is vulnerable to maritime criminal activity, including the smuggling of drugs; small arms and light weapons (SALW); people; and chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear (CBRN) materials.

The objectives of the proposed virtual open briefing are to facilitate discussion of the current and evolving threat of terrorism in Latin America and the Caribbean and to identify progress achieved and remaining gaps in implementing the relevant Security Council resolutions and international standards, as well as the related technical assistance needs in compliance with international law, including international humanitarian law, international human rights law and international refugee law. The briefing will also provide an opportunity for the Counter-Terrorism Committee to promote regional, cross-regional and international cooperation to counter terrorism and violent extremism conducive to terrorism.