Counter-Terrorism Adviser, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Permanent Mission to the United Nations
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Dr. John Duke Anthony
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Mr. Nawaf Althari
Mr. Nawaf Althari is a United Nations (UN) counter-terrorism specialist representing Saudi Arabia. He headed the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) – the highest international organization representing Muslims worldwide – during the kingdom's chairmanship in 2014-2015. In that role he negotiated on behalf of the OIC's 57 member states and facilitated a cooperative agreement with the United Nations. He is currently OIC Coordinator for all counter-terrorism matters at the United Nations. Mr. Althari has represented the OIC in the review of the UN's Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy, discussion of the Secretary General's Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism, and in helping to forge UN legal and counter-terrorism resolutions.
Mr. Althari is one of the United Nations' focal points for the UN's Counter-Terrorism and Counter-Piracy efforts. In that capacity he leads the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre's (UNCCT) Expert Advisory Board. He oversees UNCCT projects related to capacity building, countering violent extremism, preventing online radicalization, and dealing directly with international terrorists. In the private sector he has engaged Google, Facebook, and other actors seeking to foster dialogue, analysis, and perspective regarding online radicalization.
About the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre:
The United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre (UNCCT) was established through a $10 million contribution from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the United Nations in 2011. In 2014, Saudi Arabia donated an additional $100 million to help finance the UNCCT's operations. Additional donors, each contributing no more than $3 million, include the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Norway, and Germany. The UNCCT's Advisory Board consists of 21 member states, including the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Russia, China, Germany, France, Switzerland, and numerous Arab and Muslim-majority countries.
Dr. John Duke Anthony
Dr. John Duke Anthony is the Founding President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations. On June 22, 2000, on his first official state visit to the United States, H.M. King Muhammad VI of Morocco knighted Dr. Anthony, bestowing upon him Morocco's highest award for excellence.
From 1975 to 1988, Dr. Anthony directed the U.S. Department of Treasury Office of Saudi Arabian Affairs' Week-Long Pre-Departure Programs on Saudi Arabia for U.S. government personnel assigned to the Saudi Arabian-U.S. Joint Commission on Economic Cooperation. During the same period, he conducted pre-departure tutorials for U.S. Department of Defense personnel assigned to the Saudi Arabian National Guard Modernization Program.
Dr. Anthony currently serves on U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy and its Subcommittee on Sanctions. He is the only American to have been invited to each of the Gulf Cooperation Council's Ministerial and Heads of State Summits since the GCC's inception in 1981.
To date, the UNCCT has initiated more than 30 non-military counter-terrorism projects at the global, regional, and national levels. The UNCCT's objective is to help implement the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy through its Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force, with a view to ensuring that Member States and the broader United Nations membership enhance their counter-terrorism capacities.
The Centre has developed and supported the development of numerous tools, guides, handbooks, and good-practice documents. Major UNCCT goals are to counter the financing of terrorism, ensure human rights while countering terrorism, support victims, enhance border security and management, and facilitate counter-terrorism strategy development.
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