Committee presents to Member States a new tool to assess their implementation of Security Council resolutions
The Counter-Terrorism Committee and its Executive Directorate (CTED) briefed Member States on 2 May 2013 on a new tool to assess their implementation of Security Council resolutions 1373 (2001) and
The new tool, comprising the overview for implementation assessment (OIA) and the detailed implementation assessment (DIS), will replace the Committee’s previous evaluation document. The preliminary implementation assessment (PIA) was used for seven years. Stocktaking procedures have also been revised to maximize the work of the CTC in a thorough, consistent, transparent and even-handed manner.
Performance documents are available for all 193 Member States of the United Nations. CTED is responsible for preparing them and analyzing the collected data to draw general trends regarding the implementation of the two resolutions.
CTED Executive Director Mike Smith said the PIA “helped us collect and present a great deal of information but was not user-friendly”. Some documents surpassed 100 pages, making it difficult for Member States to use them as diagnostic tools.
In order to simplify the process, the new tool has now been divided into two parts. While the OIA, a four-page document, will be the basis for dialogue between the Committee and the concerned Member State, the DIS will contain much more details. However, it will remain a CTED internal working document.
The DIS consists of a set of questions concerning counter-terrorism measures States should put in place for the effective implementation of both resolutions. Its purpose is to assist Member States in indicating what they have done to counter terrorism, as well as provide the Committee and CTED experts with a tool to assess global implementation efforts, including needs for capacity-building and technical assistance.
“Our assessment documents have served as the primary mode of dialogue between the Committee and Member States since 2005”, said Ambassador Mohammed Loulichki, who chairs the Committee. “The revised documents will allow us to further our efforts to analyze the implementation of resolutions in a thorough, consistent and even-handed way.”
Ambassador Loulichki noted during the briefing that “shortfalls identified in the DIS are not intended to imply failure by a State to comply with its obligations.” They indicate priority areas States could work on in order to implement the resolutions more effectively.
CTED experts are currently migrating data from the previous PIA documents to the new ones. Other sources will be used to complete the assessments. Some will be ready in the next few months and most in 2014. The new tool is also expected to help the Committee produce an updated version of the Global Implementation Survey, a panoramic paper which will outline global trends of counter-terrorism endeavours, progress and remaining challenges.