Security Council renews CTED mandate
The Security Council extended on 17 December 2013 the mandate of the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) through 2017.
CTED is the expert body that assists the Counter-Terrorism Committee to monitor, promote and facilitate the implementation by Member States of Security Council resolutions 1373 (2001) and 1624 (2005).
The Council notes in the resolution extending CTED's mandate, number 2129, that new trends are emerging and that the terrorist threat "has become more diffuse, with an increase, in various regions of the world, of terrorist acts, including those motivated by intolerance and extremism."
Welcoming the mandate renewal, CTED Executive Director Jean-Paul Laborde noted that "the threat of terrorism is increasing and is spreading geographically. "Who would have said 10 years ago that there would be terrorism in West Africa? Everyone was talking about development."
Mr. Laborde also noted that there is a clear connection between terrorist groups in Africa and organized crime. In the Sahel, for example, there is a strategic alliance between them in kidnapping for ransom, a lucrative terrorist funding method.
Another growing concern in different parts of the world is the radicalization of young people through the Internet and the use of new technologies for terrorist purposes.
The resolution calls on the Committee and CTED to be more active against violent extremism and focus on prevention in response to the global terrorist threat. Communities, civil society, and other partners should be involved in finding solutions. The resolution highlights the positive role victims of terrorism and women can play in the process.
The "ultimate goal" is the rule of law, Mr. Laborde said. "The international community is fighting for the principles of the United Nations, for the rule of law, and not a war on terror."
Even though terrorists saw no borders or limits to their actions, the United Nations and Member States must respect human rights and uphold the rule of law in countering the threat, he added.
CTED is also expected to intensify its work to follow-up on its country visits on behalf of the Committee. The visits are critical in assessing and strengthening the capacities of Member States to combat terrorism. CTED has conducted 90 visits since its creation in 2005. During the visits, CTED regularly discusses with Government officials and operational experts the benefits of adopting and implementing comprehensive and integrated national counter-terrorism strategies that employ a multidisciplinary approach and include civil society.
In facilitating technical assistance, the Committee gives priority to visited countries and follow-up activities, takes a regional and thematic approach that focuses increasingly on prevention and implementation, and integrates human rights and rule of law-based approaches.
The Committee and CTED regularly organize special meetings, briefings and regional workshops as part of global multi-year projects in areas such as the use of new communications and information technologies, countering violent extremism, strengthening the capacity of the Sahel region to fight terrorism, terrorism financing, the link between terrorism and organized crime, bringing terrorists to justice, and the protection of witnesses.
CTED is a member of the Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force and works closely with other international, regional and subregional organizations, which are key partners in assisting Member States in their counter-terrorism efforts.