A Fourth Pillar for the United Nations? The Rise of Counter-terrorism

Improving global governance
Posted Jul 10, 2020 | Saferworld, Ali Altiok, Jordan Street

Since its adoption seventy-five years ago, the UN Charter has defined an institution with three founding pillars: peace and security, human rights, and development.  In this paper by Saferworld, Ali Altiok and Jordan Street explore the impact and implications of the UN’s embrace of counter-terrorism, citing evidence of the harmful impact of this agenda.  They argue that the compromises the UN has struck, threaten its ability to uphold its Charter and put its work for peace, rights and development at risk. They suggest steps the UN can take to  refocus on peace, rights and development; use evidence and experience to improve; and thus protect its credibility and impact. 



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