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The topics before the Security Council are ‘Stopping Boko Haram from further terrorist attacks’ and ‘Border Security’. The Security Council is a 15-member body of the United Nations that is responsible for taking decisions related to peace and security, with an aim to avoid war and aggression. The United Kingdom is a permanent member of the Council and has taken significant steps to counter terrorism and ensure border security. I. Stopping Boko Haram from further terrorist attacks Boko Haram is an Islamic militant group that has been operating in Africa’s most populated city, Nigeria, since 2003. The group propagates the teachings of the Salafist sect of Islam, and condemns any teachings and activities that it considers un-Islamic. According to BBC, Boko Haram is against Westernization and practices such as secular education, wearing Western clothing and taking part in elections. Boko Haram translates to “Western education is forbidden” in the local language of Nigeria, and can also be interpreted to mean “Western fraud.” The group has been targeted for kidnapping and attacking school children as well as for taking part in illegal activities such as bank robberies and high-scale kidnappings to obtain funds. According to African Check, Boko Haram has ties to several foreign militant groups that include Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb in Mali and al-Shabaab in Somalia. Even though the Nigerian government has taken steps towards reducing the role of this organization, it’s prominence has only been increasing, with a problem that is fast reaching the global scale. The United Kingdom stands strongly against terrorism, and has taken multiple steps towards preventing and reducing it. Therefore, the UK has a strategy to counter terrorism, both within and outside the country, titled CONTEST. Further, the country passed the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 which reduces the “stop and search” powers of the police, and introduces fairer methods to protect the population along with the Terrorism Prevention and Investigations Measures Act 2011, that created a new system to prevent terrorism and conduct investigations. At a global scale, the country passed the Terrorism Act 2000, which provides the basis for prosecuting terrorists and makes it illegal for terrorist groups to operate in the UK, including international groups. Further, the Terrorism Act 2006 makes it a criminal offence to encourage, support or disseminate information about criminal organizations. The United Kingdom has been supporting Nigeria in the fight against terrorism, as quoted by the UK Minister for International Development, Nick Hurd, in April 2016, that the UK stands “should to shoulder with Nigeria in the battle against Boko Haram.” Further, according to The Guardian, the UK has sent over 300 troops into Nigeria to play an advisory role and to train the army in the country. In addition to that, the government has also provided extensive humanitarian aid of food, water and medicine supplies along with monetary funds of over 860 million pounds to help the Nigerian government in it’s fight against terrorism. Boko Haram which is considered the world’s deadliest terrorist group has killed more people than ISIS according to The Telegraph and is a dangerous threat to the world that needs to be addressed immediately.