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Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force

Promotes In-depth Knowledge of the Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy

The Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force (CTITF) was established by the Secretary-General in 2005 and endorsed by the General Assembly through the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy PDF, which was adopted by consensus in 2006. The mandate of the CTITF is to enhance coordination and coherence of counter-terrorism efforts of the United Nations system. The Task Force consists of 31 international entities which by virtue of their work have, have a stake in multilateral counter-terrorism efforts. Each entity makes contributions consistent with its own mandate.

While the primary responsibility for the implementation of the Global Strategy rests with Member States, CTITF ensures that the UN system is attuned to the needs of Member States, to provide them with the necessary policy support and spread in-depth knowledge of the Strategy, and wherever necessary, expedite delivery of technical assistance.

The primary goal is to maximize each entity‘s comparative advantage by delivering as one to help Member States implement the four pillars of the Strategy, which are: measures to address the conditions conducive to the spread of terrorism; measures to prevent and combat terrorism; measures to build states’ capacity to prevent and combat terrorism and to strengthen the role of the United Nations system in that regard; measures to ensure respect for human rights for all and the rule of law as the fundamental basis for the fight against terrorism.

CTITF organizes its work through Working Groups and counter-terrorism related projects in areas where cooperation among United Nations system actors can add value for the implementation of the Strategy.

International Counter-Terrorism Focal Points Conference on Addressing Conditions Conducive to the Spread of Terrorism and Promoting Regional Cooperation

13 – 14 June 2013
Geneva, Switzerland

The Conference was opened by H.E. Mr. Didier Burkhalter, Vice-President of the Federal Council and Foreign Minister of Switzerland and Mr. Jeffrey Feltman, Under-Secretary-General of the Department of Political Affairs.

Geneva conference building

Over the last 30 months, the CTITF Office, in partnership with a select group of regional States and relevant CTITF entities, has organized regional workshops that brought together States, regional organizations, civil society and locally-based United Nations offices to explore the policy dimensions and practical challenges in implementing the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy (A/RES/60/288).

At the aforementioned regional workshops, most participants underscored the needs, challenges and opportunities in the implementation of Pillar I of the Global Strategy, which cites “conflicts, dehumanization of victims of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, lack of the rule of law and violations of human rights, ethnic, national and religious discrimination, political exclusion, socio-economic marginalization and lack of good governance” as key elements that are conditions conducive to the spread of terrorism. This Conference sought to focus attention on these important topics included under Pillar I of the Global Strategy and help identify practical ways, including through civil society input, to implement them.

In addition, the Conference also brought together national counter-terrorism focal points from around the world to discuss good practices in the Global Strategy’s implementation and identify possible ways forward to counter terrorism in a comprehensive and integrated manner, consistent with international human rights obligations.

All Member States are invited to the Conference.

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Key Publications


Online compendium relating to border management


Secretary-General's Symposium on International Counter-Terrorism Cooperation, 19 September 2011


United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy: activities of the United Nations system in implementing the Strategy


The Criminal Justice Response to Support Victims of Acts of Terrorism, 2011



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