United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has stressed the importance of preventing terrorism by addressing its root causes.

Addressing a meeting of the UN Counter-Terrorism Centre Advisory Board in New York, he said that "together with our international partners, we need to respond early and effectively in the cycle of conflict and radicalization and invest more in prevention."

The Secretary-General said that the threat of terrorism is real, complex and transnational which necessitates a serious and shared response.