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The UN's Counter-Terrorism Strategy at Five


In addition to marking the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the United States, the month of September 2011 marked the fifth anniversary of the adoption by the United Nations of a broad international strategy to combat terrorism known as the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy.  The Department of Political Affairs houses the Office of the UN’s Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force (CTITF), which works to implement the strategy by bringing together more than thirty UN entities that have a stake in counter-terrorism efforts.  


  Interview: "Cooperation on counter-terrorism action has deepend"  

ASG Robert Orr
In the following interview, Robert Orr, the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Strategic Planning and current Task Force Chair, discussed the broad achievements of the UN strategy at the five-year mark. Mr. Orr also responded to questions about what ramifications recent events such as the death of Al-Qaeda’s leader Osama bin Laden, and the outbreak of the Arab Spring could have on the world’s efforts against terrorism.

UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy