UNITED NATIONS - The UN General Assembly Friday adopted a resolution renewing its unwavering commitment to strengthen cooperation to combat terrorism and calling on member states to accelerate their efforts to implement the first global and common strategy to tackle the scourge. Adopted on Sept 8, 2006, the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy united, for the first time, all 192-member states behind a common strategic framework. The two-day assembly session was the first major assessment of efforts to implement the Strategy's four pillars:  to address the conditions conducive to the spread of terrorism; to prevent and combat terrorism; to build State capacity to prevent and combat terrorism, and to strengthen the role of the United Nations in that regard; and to ensure respect for the human rights of all as well as the rule of law as the fundamental basis for the fight against terrorism. The resolution, adopted by consensus, is intended to encourage international cooperation in going after would-be terrorists. General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim, who made a review of the strategy one of his top priorities, said the UN could play a bigger role as partner for nations that need help in dealing with extremist groups. Earlier, speaking in the debate Pakistan's Deputy Permanent Representative, Ambassador Farukh Amil, speaking on behalf of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC), said the Group reaffirmed its strong condemnation of all acts and practices of terrorism and its conviction that terrorism could never be justified. Terrorism, he said, must not be associated with any group and a culture of peace and tolerance must be promoted. Terrorism, in fact, was a violation of human rights and a comprehensive strategy to combat it must address all root causes, including injustice and political marginalisation or alienation. A distinction between terrorism and the exercise of the legitimate right of people to resist foreign occupation should be agreed upon, as was duly observed in international law, international humanitarian law, Article 51 of the Charter and Assembly resolution 46/51, Ambassador Amil said. The UN Counter-Terrorism Strategy was an ongoing effort that should be updated and examined regularly, he said. Implementation lay, first and foremost, in the hands of member states, who must be included in decision-making processes to ensure ownership. An intergovernmental oversight mechanism should be developed through consensus. In fact, Ambassador Amil said, all structures that were established and activities that were organised should be conducted in a consensus-building way. They should also respect mandates and avoid politicising, while addressing all aspects of the Strategy on equal footing. The Secretary-General's recent invitation for States to participate in the symposium on victims of terrorism was noted. However, it would have been better if the event had been organised on the basis of transparent and all-inclusive multilateral intergovernmental consultations. Finally, he said, the General Assembly must play the central role in fighting terrorism, since it was the only the UN body that enjoyed universal membership. A code of conduct should be developed for the global effort. An international centre for fighting terrorism should be established, as had been proposed by Saudi Arabia during its 2005 summit on terrorism.