UN chief: World faces ‘unprecedented threat’ from terrorism

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Wednesday that the world is facing « an unprecedented threat from intolerance, violent extremism and terrorism » that affects every country, exacerbating conflicts and destabilizing entire regions.

The U.N. chief told a Security Council ministerial meeting on the sidelines of the annual gathering of world leaders that « the new frontier is cyber-terrorism – the use of social media and the dark web to coordinate attacks, spread propaganda and recruit new followers. »

He stressed that the response to the unprecedented terrorist threat « must complement security measures with prevention efforts that identify and address root causes, while always respecting human rights. »