Committee and its Executive Directorate report on achievements
Counter-Terrorism Committee Chairman Hardeep Singh Puri and CTED Executive Director Mike Smith on Monday 9 April 2012 briefed the UN membership on achievements over the past nine months.
The Committee has been monitoring global counter-terrorism efforts for more than a decade, following the guidance of Security Council resolutions 1373 (2001) and 1624 (2005). Its Executive Directorate, created in 2004, assists the Committee in its work.
Rounding up key developments, Mr. Puri, Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations, highlighted the two Special Meetings organized in 2011, the first with the Council of Europe on the prevention of terrorism and the second to mark the tenth anniversary of Security Council resolution 1373.
Mr. Puri called the outcome document adopted at the commemorative event “a major landmark in providing strategic direction to the work of the Committee,” one that “raises the benchmark in the fight against terrorism.” The document urges Member States to ensure zero tolerance towards terrorism. It also reaffirms that the measures they take must comply with all their obligations under international law, in particular human rights, refugee and humanitarian law.
Additional accomplishments include the publication of global surveys on the implementation of Security Council resolutions 1373 and 1624. Both provide comprehensive overviews of the status of counter-terrorism efforts around the world, identifying gaps and recommending areas for improvement.
The Committee is in the process of reviewing the format of the Preliminary Implementation Assessment (PIA), Mr. Puri said, in order to enhance its usefulness as diagnostic tools. Each Member State has its own PIA, which is reviewed on an ongoing basis.
Thematic and regional overview
In his presentation, CTED Executive Director Mike Smith referred to a series of thematic initiatives conducted by CTED on behalf of the Committee. The first of six workshops on the implementation of resolution 1624, which deals with terrorist incitement and violent extremism, was held in Africa.
“Participants broadly agreed on a number of principles that should inform all programs seeking to prevent vulnerable people from being incited to violence and to prevent educational and religious institutions from being undermined,” Mr. Smith said.
Turning to the issue of the financing of terrorism, Mr. Smith informed Member States that East African and Pacific countries participated in two regional workshops on protecting the non-profit sector from abuse by terrorist financiers. A third event, to discuss how to identify and prevent the movement of cash and monetary instruments that could be used to fund terrorist activities, was held in Asia.
Promoting the training of police officers, prosecutors and judges is another key CTED activity. Recently, a group of South Asian and international experts gathered in India to discuss national coordination and international cooperation in investigating and prosecuting terrorist cases.
Also, close to 30 prosecutors from around the world met in Turkey to exchange views and expertise on the particular challenges they face in prosecuting terrorist cases. Mr. Smith said that “the group can hopefully constitute the core of spin-off training in those parts of the world where there is not a great deal of capacity to prosecute these sorts of complex cases.”
In order to further enhance the capacity of States to respond to the threat posed by terrorism, CTED has conducted assessment missions to seven countries since July 2011. Five more are planned for the coming months.