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Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force

Working Groups

Preventing and Resolving Conflict

White Dove Released at International Day of Peace Ceremony.

This group undertakes efforts to integrate counter-terrorism objectives into the long-standing work conducted by the United Nations system on the prevention and resolution of armed conflict. In collaboration with Central Asian Member States, the Working Group has developed an initiative to implement the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy in the region. The Working Group has also drafted guidance on counter-terrorism for use by the Secretary-General's envoys, special representatives and other peacemakers in their work.

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Supporting and Highlighting Victims of Terrorism

United Nations staff members and friends joined together in candlelight vigil, held at Ralph J. Bunche Park across the street from the United Nations Headquarters in New York, to pay tribute to those who lost their lives and were injured in yesterday's bombing of the UN Headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq. (UN Photo/Mark Garten)

The Secretary-General convened a Symposium on Supporting Victims of Terrorism on 9 September 2008. Following the Symposium, a report summarizing the key themes discussed at the Symposium and presenting a set of recommendations made by the participants was produced. The Working Group on Supporting and Highlighting Victims of Terrorism has formulated a set of activities to implement the recommendations contained in the report.

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Countering the Use of the Internet for Terrorist Purposes

Countering the Use of the Internet for Terrorist Purposes.

This group aims to identify and bring together stakeholders and partners on the abuse of the Internet for terrorist purposes, including using the web for radicalization, recruitment, training, operational planning, fundraising and other means. In conjunction with Member States, the Working Group aims to explore ways in which terrorists use the Internet, quantify the threat that this poses and examine options for addressing it at national, regional and global levels, including what role the UN might play without compromising human rights, fundamental values and the open nature of the Internet itself.

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Preventing and Responding to WMD Terrorist Attacks

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This working group is assessing how the UN system and international organizations would collectively respond, to a terrorist attack where nuclear, chemical, biological or radiological weapons or materials are used, and the level of planned coordination among the different entities to facilitate rapid provision of assistance to the affected state/states. The Working Group has facilitated an interactive exchange of knowledge, sharing of information on existing activities and emergency plans of the UN entities and international organizations in the response to an attack using WMD or related materials.

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Tackling Financing of Terrorism

This group undertook a stock-taking exercise on the implementation of international standards for combating the financing of terrorism and published a report containing recommendations on how to improve measures to combat the financing of terrorism. Five areas are covered: (a) the criminalization of terrorist financing; (b) the enhancement of domestic and international cooperation; (c) value transfer systems; (d) non-profit organizations; and (e) the freezing of assets. IMF has prepared an Action Plan containing proposals to implement the Report’s recommendations for consideration by this group.

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Strengthening the Protection of Vulnerable Targets

Under the umbrella of the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy, this group is assisting Member States in developing public-private partnerships (PPP) under the for the protection of vulnerable targets by identifying relevant practices and experiences that could enhance the level of cooperation between governments and the private sector in the protection of vulnerable targets. The Working Group on Strengthening the Protection of Vulnerable Targets has produced an internationally agreeable PPP model in a form of a Handbook.

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Protecting Human Rights While Countering Terrorism

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This group focuses on the development of a set of Basic Human Rights Reference Guides to assist Member States in strengthening the protection of human rights in the context of counter-terrorism. These tools aim to provide guidance to state authorities, national and international non-governmental organizations, legal practitioners, and UN agencies as well as individuals, on how human rights compliant measures can be adopted in a number of counter-terrorism areas.

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Border Management Relating to Counter-Terrorism

A west Timorese priest passes through the border barrier between West and East Timor. Oecussi, Timor-Leste (UN Photo/Martine Perret)

This group aims to provide guidance to Member States on implementation of the legal, institutional and practical counter-terrorism-related border-control measures required. The Working Group focuses in particular on the following areas: terrorist mobility; integrity and security of travel documents; illicit movement of cash and bearer negotiable instruments; movement and processing of goods; illicit movement of small arms, light weapons, ammunition, explosives and weapons of mass destruction; aviation and maritime security; early-warning and alert systems; and control of open borders.

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