In 2006 all Member States of the United Nations acknowledged that the question of creating an international centre to fight terrorism could be considered as part of the international efforts to counter terrorism, as stipulated in the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy (A/RES/60/288).
In 2011, through a voluntary contribution of the Government of Saudi Arabia, the United Nations Secretariat was able to launch the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre (UNCCT). In the same year, the General Assembly adopted resolution A/RES/66/10 that took note of the contribution with appreciation, welcomed the establishment of the UNCCT within the CTITF Office, and encouraged Member States to collaborate with the Centre. In August 2014, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia donated USD 100 million to the UNCCT. Other donors of the Centre include the United States of America, the United Kingdom and Germany.
Operating under the United Nations Secretary-General and the umbrella of the Department of Political Affairs, it contributes to the implementation of the Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy through the CTITF. UNCCT has initiated the implementation of 31 counter-terrorism projects around the world covering all four pillars of the Strategy.
The UNCCT conducts regular consultations with the different CTITF Working Groups in order to identify valuable projects falling within the strategic priorities of the UNCCT and to monitor their implementation.
The UNCCT benefits from the advice of 22 members of its Advisory Board, chaired by his Excellency Ambassador Abdallah Yahya A. Al-Mouallimi, Permanent Representative of Saudi Arabia to the United Nations. Mr. Jeffrey Feltman, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, is the Executive Director of the Centre.
Objectives of the Centre
- The UNCCT aims at buttressing the implementation of all four pillars of the Strategy in a comprehensive and integrated manner through the development of national and regional Counter-Terrorism Strategy implementation plans
- The UNCCT will undertake initiatives aimed at fostering international counter-terrorism cooperation and promote collaboration between national, regional and international counter-terrorism centres and organizations
- Through collaboration with CTITF working groups, the UNCCT serves a critical role in building capacity of Member States to strengthen their counter-terrorism capability.
Secretary-General’s Remarks to the Second Meeting of the Advisory Board of the United Nations Centre for Counter-Terrorism (UNCCT)
Secretary-General’s Remarks to the Second Ninth Meeting of the Advisory Board of the United Nations Centre for Counter-Terrorism (UNCCT)