CTC SPECIAL MEETING WITH INTERNATIONAL, REGIONAL AND SUB-REGIONAL ORGANISATIONS: 6 MARCH

 

CHECKLIST OF POINTS TO COVER

 

Session I:  Global Standards

 

Raising awareness of existing global standards.  Session I should give participants a sense of the broad scope of global standards on CT underpinning the headline of 1373.  We should not aim to have the CTC formally adopt other global standards. But the CTC could embrace and promote standards developed by other IROs in the field of counter-terrorism and which are relevant to the implementation of 1373.

 

The Action Plan might:

 

·        Commit the CTC to create a “global standards” section on its website, in which information could be placed on standards in the field of counter-terrorism – so that States can access at a central point information which might be relevant to the implementation of 1373; 

 

·        Commit the CTC to invite IROs to submit information on any such standards in the correct “web-friendly” format, and encourage IROs to respond. Set timetable for action, linked to follow-up meeting.

 

Development of new standards. The 20 January Ministerial Declaration appealed to technical agencies dealing with the control of and access to nuclear, chemical, biological and other deadly materials to enhance the effectiveness of their action against terrorism. The CTC should pursue this with IAEA and OPCW. 

 

The Action Plan might:

 

·        Commit the CTC to follow up with IOs in general, and IAEA and OPCW in particular, and recommend that these organisations should report back to the CTC on plans in this area.  The timing should be linked to follow-up meeting.

 

Sharing information on implementation of global standards. Session I should conclude that contact is needed between the CTC and other organisations monitoring States’ implementation of global standards, and between other such organisation themselves.  We should not try to delegate the monitoring of 1373, or formally divide the work, because the CTC must monitor the whole of 1373. But the CTC could set up a framework for the exchange of information on States’ adherence to global standards.

 

The Action Plan might:

 

·        Commit the CTC Experts to contacting each IO to explore avenues of cooperation and information exchange;

 

·        Set criteria for the use of any information (it will be received by the Experts only, in confidence, and will inform analysis, not take the place of monitoring performed by each organisation). Explain practically how this might work;

 

·        Encourage other organisations with relevant mandates to participate in sharing information in this area;

 

·        Establish timetables, to be linked to follow-up meeting.

 

The action plan could also propose the creation of a centralised database of non-compliers, if there was consensus in the CTC that this would be helpful.

 

Helping States meet global obligations.  It would be useful if Session I concluded that IOs should do what they can to help States meet their obligations. Their efforts in this area might be included in the CTC’s “Directory of CT Information and Sources of Assistance”, such as guidance on implementation and details on accessing tailored assistance programmes.  

 

The Action Plan might:

 

·        Encourage IOs to contribute information to the CTC’s Directory;

 

·        Encourage IOs to develop guidance notes on implementing their own global standards, and place copies on the CTC’s Directory;

 

·        Remind all IROs and Governments that their CT standards must be compatible with other international obligations, including in the area of human rights;

 

·        Establish timetables linked to follow-up meeting.

 

Session II:  Role of Regional Organisations

 

Role of ROs in facilitating states implementation of global standards.  Some regional organisations have more experience than others at encouraging their members to meet international standards. It would be useful if Session II concluded that ROs should share experience on their approach to this. 

 

The Action Plan might: 

 

·        Invite one or two ROs to develop a “starter pack” explaining how they developed a regional  dialogue on international requirements;

 

·        Encourage ROs to discuss this in meetings with each other, and offer assistance to each other as appropriate;

 

·        Encourage ROs to consider whether their mandate should formally encompass this;

 

·        Establish timetables linked to follow-up meeting.

 

Role of ROs in facilitating practical cooperation.  All regional organisations are likely to have some experience of practical cooperation, although not all will have such experience in the CT field. 

 

The Action Plan might:

 

·        Commit the CTC to devoting an area of its website to examples of practical cooperation, with details of successes and outcomes.  This would provide a one-stop shop for regional organisations looking to develop their own roles;

 

·        Commit the CTC to hosting a follow-up meeting with ROs only;

 

·        Encourage ROs to develop practical coordination with each other, and report to the CTC on the results.  The reports could be collated by the CTC and published six months after the Special Meeting.

 

Session III:  Assistance

 

Facilitating the Provision of Assistance.  The CTC has discussed and developed its ideas on the role it can most usefully play.  The two key instruments are the “Directory of CT Information and Sources of Assistance” (which should include as much information as possible) and the “matrix of needs” (which needs to be further expanded by the Experts and Sub-Committees to include all relevant States and priorities for each one).  The Special Meeting should encourage all regional organisations to understand what all these tools are and to contribute to them.

 

The Action Plan might:

 

·        Commit the CTC to update the matrix and circulate it on the first day of each month;

 

·        Commit the CTC to circulate at regular intervals a paper on the gaps in assistance provision and the priorities for each state;

 

·        Encourage IOs, ROs and bilateral donors to contribute as much information to the CTC as possible.