|Ambassador Al-Mouallimi Chairs the First UN Counter- Terrorism Advisory Board Meeting|
2 April 2012
Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the United Nations, Abdallah Y. Al- Mouallimi, chaired, on 2 April 2012, the first Advisory Board meeting in New York of the newly established UN Counter-Terrorism Centre (UNCCT). The meeting discussed areas of work of the Center for the upcoming three years. "The first board meeting comes at a time when cooperation among States in counter-terrorism efforts is of essence", Ambassador Al-Mouallimi noted.
The Advisory Board consists of 21 Member States plus the European Union. Ambassador Al-Mouallimi will chair the UNCCT for the first three years of its work. He has extended an invitation to the Board Members to convene their second meeting in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 2-3 June, 2012, which will be attended by Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs, HRH Prince Saud Al-Faisal, and UN Secretary-General Mr. Ban Ki-moon. Saudi Arabia has agreed to provide funding to the Centre of $10 million over the first three years of its work.