Security Council extends CTED mandate for three years
23 December 2010
The Security Council extended on 20 December the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) as a political mission until the end of the year 2013. In its resolution, the Council also urged the expert body to continue assisting States in their efforts to prevent and combat terrorism.
Created in 2004, CTED supports the Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC) in monitoring the implementation of resolutions 1373 (2001) and 1624 (2005), which deal with threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts.
Adopted in the wake of the terrorist attacks on the United States on 11 September 2001, resolution 1373 obliges States to put in place measures to criminalize terrorism and its financing, deny terrorists safe haven, and secure international borders. Resolution 1624 requests States prohibit and prevent incitement to commit terrorist acts.
In his last briefing to the Security Council as Chair of the CTC, the Permanent Representative of Turkey, Ambassador Ertuğrul Apakan, said that “the Committee continues its strategic and focused approach to better understand the evolving nature of terrorism.” Mr. Apakan added that expert assessments, country visits, thematic discussions and regional meetings are tools the Committee and its Executive Directorate use to “further identify areas that merit more attention through direct contact and dialogue with Member States.”
According to Mr. Apakan, one of the main challenges Member States still face is building their capacity to respond to counter terrorist activities at home, in their regions and around the world. In light of this, the Council urged CTED to strengthen its role in facilitating technical assistance to Member States. In doing so, CTED should cooperate with relevant international, regional and subregional organizations.
Resolution 1963 extending the CTED mandate also stated that counter-terrorism measures and human rights are mutually reinforcing and essential in achieving success in the fight against terrorism. It encouraged CTED to address all human rights issues relevant to the implementation of resolutions 1373 and 1624 “consistently and even-handedly”.
At the request of the Security Council, CTED will produce in the coming year an updated Global Implementation Survey of Resolution 1373 (2001) and the first Global Implementation Survey of Resolution 1624 (2005), which will assess the evolution of risks and threats, identify gaps and propose new ways to implement the resolutions.