CTED presents global counter-terrorism survey
The Global Implementation Survey (GIS) the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) released in September 2011 provides information on the state of counter-terrorism around the world as it relates to the implementation of Security Council resolution 1373.
CTED experts relied primarily on information submitted by Member States and partner organizations, reports of country visits, and regional workshops as the basis for the publication. The survey is divided geographically and focuses on the main thematic areas contained in resolution 1373.
Adopted on 28 September 2001, the resolution requires all Member States of the United Nations to take measures to improve their legal and institutional ability to prevent and combat terrorism.
Prepared at the request of the Security Council, the GIS evaluates, region by region, strengths and vulnerabilities, identifies gaps in implementation and recommends future action. The survey found that States continue to struggle to secure porous borders, monitor financial systems, strengthen their judicial systems, and prosecute or extradite terrorism suspects.
Insufficient funding and training are two factors that limit the ability of States to be as effective as they would want. Terrorists are also increasingly using the Internet and other new technologies that are difficult to block, to recruit, incite and raise funds for their activities. Another area of concern is the link between terrorist networks and organized crime.
Despite facing challenges, the survey notes States have made “much progress” since the adoption of the resolution. CTED experts wrote that “the resolution has brought increased solidarity and intensified dialogue among Member States” to tackle terrorism. Among other things, the survey also indicates that certain terrorist networks have been weakened and plots thwarted due to a heightened level of vigilance and effective police and intelligence work.
The survey offers several recommendations to strengthen the implementation of resolution 1373. Prevention is critical, for example, as is dealing with terrorism beyond law enforcement. According to the GIS, “Effective responses will necessarily include other aspects of legal and social policy.” Development, education, social integration and human rights are four key components.