Special meeting of the Counter-Terrorism Committee and technical sessions of the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate on preventing and combatting abuse of ICT for terrorist purposes, New York, 16-17 December 2015

How can terrorists be stopped from exploiting the Internet and social media?

Special meeting of the Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee and its Executive Directorate 16-17 December 2015



Webcast recordings of the event can be viewed here:

Terrorist groups continue to utilize the Internet and social media to facilitate their activities, including incitement to commit terrorist acts, radicalization to violence, recruitment, training, planning, collection of information, communication, preparation, financing, and execution of attacks. Surpassing Al-Qaida, the terrorist organization that calls itself the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has successfully used the Internet to broadcast its ideology and to recruit foreign terrorist fighters on an unprecedented scale – with currently some 30,000 foreign fighters coming from over 100 countries.

On 17 December 2015, the Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC) will hold a special meeting on Preventing terrorists from exploiting the Internet and social media to recruit terrorists and incite terrorist acts, while respecting human rights and fundamental freedoms. This meeting will be complemented by CTED-organized thematic sessions (16-17 December), which will all take place in Conference room 1. The meeting will feature panellists from inter alia Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Twitter, and Weibo, as well as the Chief Prosecutor of Paris, and civil society activists engaging with terrorist recruiters on the digital frontlines.

The briefing is open to Member and Observer States, United Nations entities, intergovernmental organizations, and specialized agencies. The event is also open to members of the media, including photographers, with a valid accreditation to the United Nations in New York.

Concept Note

Special Meeting Agenda

Technical Meeting Agenda

Logistical Note

List of Hotels

Statements here:

Mr. Ivan Šimonović, Assistant Secretary-General, OHCHR

Mr. Christopher Painter, Coordinator for Cyber Issues, U.S. Department of State

CTC Chair's summary

CSP Guidance 2015

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