New CTED Executive Director aims for cooperation and excellence
“Terrorism is a permanent challenge in our world today: one that should be faced head on and that requires action on several fronts,” Assistant Secretary-General Jean-Paul Laborde told the Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee at its 18 July meeting.
Mr. Laborde was addressing the Committee for the first time since being appointed Executive Director of the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED).
He and his team of experts will continue to strengthen their efforts to serve the Committee and help Member States improve their legal and institutional counter-terrorism frameworks, he said. It was important for CTED to strive for greater coordination and excellence.
Strengthening ties with Security Council members, the wider UN membership, and the 31 UN entities dealing with counter-terrorism, including the Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force (CTITF) and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), was among his priorities.
"All of us will work together to combat terrorism in the spirit of One UN," Mr. Laborde added. "I will use my previous experience to reinforce coordination with our partners".
Before joining the UN, Mr. Laborde served in the French judiciary for over two decades, in various capacities, most recently as a Judge of the Criminal Chamber of the Supreme Judicial Court (Cour de Cassation). During his 18 years at the UN, he has held senior positions at the Department of Political Affairs, CTITF and UNODC.
Quality will be at the heart of CTED's activities and products, Mr. Laborde said. CTED should become a centre of excellence on current and emerging issues linked to counter-terrorism.
The Security Council encourages States to tackle terrorism comprehensively by developing national and regional counter-terrorism strategies and by cooperating across borders.
Acting on behalf of the Committee, CTED analyses measures taken by all UN Member States to implement Security Council resolutions 1373 (2001) and 1624 (2005). It conducts country visits, organizes expert workshops and special events, and publishes global surveys of States' implementation efforts in areas such as border control, law enforcement, the criminal justice system, the financing of terrorism, incitement to commit terrorist acts and the use of the Internet for terrorist purposes. CTED experts also engage in constant dialogue with representatives of Member States and work to facilitate the delivery of technical assistance to States in need.