UN adopts resolution to prevent terrorists from acquiring weapons


The UN Security Council has unanimously adopted Resolution 2370 (2017) to prevent terrorists from acquiring weapons.

The council has called on UN member states to refrain from providing any form of support to those involved in terrorist acts, including eliminating the supply of weapons to terrorists.

Member states have also been encouraged to remain vigilant about preventing and disrupting activity that would violate Council-mandated arms embargos.

Commenting on the resolution, UN Office of Counter-Terrorism Officer in Charge Jehangir Khan said: “The Secretary-General expected that its establishment would lead to stronger coordination methods for addressing terrorism”. 

The UN also intends to strengthen monitoring mechanisms for relevant arms embargoes.

"It calls on member states to do more to strengthen export controls and provide assistance to other countries in destroying excess weapons."

With the support of the Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate, the Counter-Terrorism Committee will review member states’ efforts to eliminate the supply of weapons to terrorists.

The council also directed the 1267/1989/2253 ISIS and Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee and the Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team to continue to focus on the threat of supplying weapons to designated terrorists groups.

The resolution also condemns the continued flow of weapons, military equipment, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and their components, and improvised explosive device (IED) components to and between ISIS, Al-Qaida, their affiliates, and associated groups, illegal armed groups, and criminals.

US Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Nikki Haley said: “This resolution is meant to address the many ways that terrorists acquire weapons. It calls on member states to do more to strengthen export controls and provide assistance to other countries in destroying excess weapons.

 “Most importantly, it calls attention to the obligation of all nations – particularly those who profess a concern about weapons falling into the hands of terrorists – to enforce UN arms embargos.”