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. 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.
Based at United Nations Headquarters in New York, the Centre engages with over 30 CTITF entities with expertise on a wide spectrum of counter terrorism related subjects. Thereby, the UNCCT relies on the existing CTITF know-how to reinforce current United Nations counter terrorism initiatives and to promote new ideas to avoid duplication of efforts. 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 political support and advice of 22 of the most important counter-terrorism players on the world stage that agreed to be members of its Advisory Board.
In close consultation with the Board, the Executive Director, then Mr. Robert C. Orr, set the strategic priorities of the Centre. The United Nations Secretary-General, Mr. BAN Ki-moon, announced the strategic priorities during the second Advisory Board meeting in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on 3 June 2012.
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)
Main Strategic Priorities of the Centre:
- Development of national and regional counter-terrorism strategies.
- Support for integrated capacity building assistance (I-ACT).
- Countering the financing of terrorism.
- Promoting dialogue, understanding and countering the appeal of terrorism.
- Protecting human rights while countering terrorism.
- Promote and protect rights of victims of terrorism.
- Protection of vulnerable targets.
- Border management.