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International Organizations


June 1987 photo of the United Nations Secretariat building in New York City [AP photo]

International organizations are groups of States that have joined together to become members of a legal entity, typically by ratifying the treaty that created the organization. Most international organizations have a specific area of competence (for example, regional security, aviation, maritime affairs, customs or atomic energy) and have undertaken important counterterrorism-related work in that area. The United States is encouraging these organizations to strengthen their counterterrorism-related programs and enhance cooperation and coordination among them.

International Organizations can provide useful forums for developing and adopting global counterterrorism norms, best practices and standards, as well as for providing technical assistance to help member States implement them. Working through international organizations can lend broader legitimacy to U.S. Government counterterrorism efforts and can shoulder the counterterrorism capacity-building burden.

International Terrorism Resolutions are public pronouncements which affirm the positions of international organizations regarding terrorists and terrorism.


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