Explanation of Vote by Sweden at the UN Security Council Adoption of Resolution on threats to international peace

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Explanation of Vote by Ambassador Olof Skoog on behalf of Sweden at the United Nations Security Council Adoption of Resolution on threats to international peace, 20 July 2017, New York.

Thank you, Mr. President.

I would like to thank the United States for introducing resolution 2368 which improves the tools at the disposal of the international community in combatting international terrorism.

Sweden welcomes the unanimous adoption of the resolution and the substantive updates to the sanctions regime. As ISIL/Da'esh and Al-Qaida develop new strategies and adapt to a changing landscape, the sanctions regime must be adjusted to effectively counter the threat posed by these groups.

In particular, we welcome the substantive additions regarding trafficking in persons, linking the regime to landmark resolution 2331 (2016). Once again, the Council has reaffirmed its intention to consider targeted sanctions for individuals and entities associated with ISIL or Al-Qaida involved in trafficking in persons in areas affected by armed conflict and in sexual violence in conflict.

Mr. President, the Office of the Ombudsperson is a demonstration of the Council's commitment to fulfilling due process requirements and the Office is essential to the effectiveness of the regime. We wish to take this opportunity to congratulate the Ombudsperson, Ms. Catherine Marchi-Uhel, to her appointment as Head of the IIIM, and thank her for her outstanding work. We ask the Secretary-General and the Secretariat to do everything in their power to facilitate a swift transition.

I thank you, Mr. President.

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