Jordan was represented at the meeting by Ambassador Dr. Sima Sami Bahous. During the meeting, Ambassador Sima expressed her appreciation for the broad and strong support which she said confirmed the utility of preventing violent extremism by addressing the underlying drivers of such behavior.
The group comprises close to 40 Member States of the UN, from all regions of the world as well as the European Union.
Also present at the meeting was Vladimir Voronkov, Under Secretary General for the newly established UN Counter Terrorism Office. USG Voronkov expressed his appreciation for the establishment of the Group of Friends and pledged his unequivocal support and willingness to collaborate with the Group. Several members of the Group conveyed to Mr. Voronkov that they hoped the meetings could provide a platform for sharing ideas about where he as intends to take the U.N. and how member states can work effectively with the CT Office.
The purpose of the Group of Friends is to promote a comprehensive approach to confront terrorism and violent extremism by addressing the underlying conditions that drive individuals to radicalize. This includes providing political support to efforts by the new UN Office of Counter-Terrorism to prevent violent extremism, share lessons learned and best practices around various topics pertaining to preventing violent extremism, provide a forum for discussion and coordination between UN entities, governments, civil society, religious leaders and other stakeholders.
The Group will hold regular meetings in New York at ambassadorial and expert level.
Participation in the Group of Friends is open to all UN Member States, subject to approval from the current members of the group.
Republic of Korea
The United Arab Emirates
The United Kingdom
The United States
For inquiries about membership, please contact the Permanent Mission of Norway to the UN, [email protected].
Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs