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PAM further strengthens its partnership with the UNSC CTED

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean (PAM) has been invited to join the Global Research Network (GRN) of the UN Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED). The GRN represents a unique platform between the United Nations and premier academic institutions worldwide, focusing on terrorism, counter-terrorism, and efforts to prevent and address violent extremism conducive to terrorism.


Established in February 2015, the GRN has expanded into an extensive network of over 100 international research institutions. Research conducted by GRN members is rigorously evidence-based and has been consistently incorporated into CTED’s activities and publications. The work implemented by GRN ensures that both CTED and the global counter-terrorism policy community remain updated on the latest trends and developments regarding terrorism and organized crime.


Since its inception, PAM and CTED have enjoyed a longstanding and very fruitful cooperation.


Recently, at the 18th PAM Plenary Session, which was held in Braga, Portugal, last May, Mr. Weixiong Chen, Deputy Executive Director of CTED, stressed the crucial role of PAM, as a unique platform in the Euro-Mediterranean and Gulf regions, to monitor and discuss major terrorist trends, including, but not limited to, online radicalization, Foreign Terrorist Fighters, and threats coming from terrorist cells and mercenary groups in Sub-Saharan Africa.


Besides a number of other joint activities, PAM and CTED are collaborating in the drafting of a comprehensive report on “The Malicious Use of Artificial Intelligence and New and Emerging Technologies”. The report, which will be presented next December, is being produced through activation of the PAM Centre for Global Studies (CGS), a high-level strategic Think Tank, based in San Marino. //