Public debate on the protection of vital infrastructures in the face of terrorist attacks

Permanent Mission of Equatorial Guinea to the United Nations , Wed, Feb 14, 2018

by José Enzeñ Obiang and Ester Mbomio Lagar

Representatives of several countries, covered by resolution 2341 of 2017, have indicated through a public debate, the need for the most important infrastructures and that in some way serve in the evolution of knowledge of the environment, be well protected; taking into account that they constitute the objectives of attack by terrorist groups.

As it has been actively participating in the largest decision-making body of the UN since its official integration on January 2, 2018, Equatorial Guinea through its Permanent Representative, Anatolio Ndong Mba, having stressed first of all that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security, which is of utmost concern to the Equatorial Guinean Government; it has made clear, that from the will of the Government of S.E Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, to invest in the development of the infrastructures of all kinds, highlighting this way in Central Africa; understands and therefore recognizes the critical need to protect these vital infrastructures that are part of the plans to ensure the distribution of drinking water and food, and access to education, to health, to employment, to renewable energy sources , to air, sea and land transport, and to financial services, which contribute to the improvement of the economy and the general welfare.

"In this sense, the Republic of Equatorial Guinea joins its voice to the appeal of resolution 2341/2017 in the sense of establishing appropriate mechanisms for collaboration, exchange of information and public-private partnerships at the national, sub-regional and continental levels for ensure planning, prevention, crisis management, and rejection of potential attacks on the vital infrastructures of countries, "said Anatolio Ndong Mba, accompanied by his First Deputy, Job Obiang Esono Mbengono, and some Councilors affected by the Mission

Equatorial Guinea has also claimed the strengthening of collaboration with the African Union, and the regional and sub-regional economic communities of the continent, when noting the absence of African initiatives in the established lists.

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