News Focus: UN and Counter-Terrorism

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United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism

The United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism was established through the adoption of General Assembly resolution 71/291 on 15 June 2017. Vladimir Ivanovich Voronkov was appointed as Under-Secretary-General of the Office on 21 June 2017.

Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force

The Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force – established by the Secretary-General in 2005 and endorsed by the General Assembly in 2006 - works to enhance coordination and coherence of UN counter-terrorism efforts.

Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee

Established in the wake of the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001 by Security Council resolution 1373, the Counter-Terrorism Committee works to bolster the ability of UN Member States to prevent terrorist acts, both within their borders and across regions.

1267/2253 ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee

Established in 1999 by Security Council resolution 1267, the Committee oversees implementation of sanctions concerning ISIL (Da'esh), Al-Qaida and associated individuals groups undertakings and entities.

1540 Committee

By its resolution 1540(2004), the Security Council urged Member States to take effective measures to combat the proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons and to adopt and enforce laws to prohibit non-State actors from using such weapons, in particular for terrorist purposes. Security Council’s 1540 Committee provides technical assistance to Member States in this endeavour.

Terrorism Prevention Branch (TPB) of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

The TBP's mandate is to provide counter-terrorism legal technical assistance to Member States.

Multimedia Resources
Second Chance for a Terrorist: In the past two decades, Saudi Arabia realised that it was becoming a breeding-ground for young terrorists. 15 of the 19 hijackers involved in the 9/11 attacks were Saudi citizens -- and since then terror groups have become active on home soil. The Saudis have had to think of creative ways to defuse the threat. Here's our story. Credit: United Nations
"Weapons of Mass Destruction: Threats and Global Responses": as weapons of mass destruction continue to pose a threat, terror attacks and incidents have spread panics in many countries. Today, there are signs that increased cooperation and vigilance can help create a safer world. Watch the documentary produced by the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs and UN TV to mark the 10th anniversary of the adoption of Security Council resolution 1540 (2004). Credit: United Nations