The unanimous adoption of the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy in September 2006 was a major milestone for the Organization, a sign that Member States were moving towards a sense of common purpose and strategic framework in defeating a global threat.
The Department of Political Affairs has been an active participant since that time in the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force (CTITF), a group composed of 30 UN entities plus Interpol, and dedicated to the coordination and coherence of UN counter-terrorism efforts particularly on supporting Member States in implementing the Strategy in all of its dimensions. The General Assembly approved the institutionalization of CTITF in 2009 with the establishment of a CTITF Office within DPA. DPA also chairs CTITF Working Group on conflict prevention and resolution.
Members of the CTITF contribute to UN counter-terrorism efforts according to their specific organizational mandates. Collectively, the CTITF has been playing a central role in sharing information and harnessing existing comparative advantages to advance the counter-terrorism agenda within the UN system.
The CTITF has identified areas of work where implementation of the Strategy requires cooperation across several entities, where the UN can provide added value, and where there is a geographically broad-based demand for assistance from Member States. The work in these cross-cutting areas is organized and managed by CTITF Working Groups. At present, there are eight Working Groups:
- Preventing and resolving conflicts
- Supporting and highlighting victims of terrorism
- Preventing and responding to WMD attacks
- Tackling the financing of terrorism
- Countering the use of the internet for terrorist purposes
- Strengthening the protection of vulnerable targets
- Protecting human rights while countering terrorism
- Border management related to counter-terrorism
In addition, there is an initiative on Integrated Assistance for Countering Terrorism (I-ACT), and projects on countering the appeal of terrorism.
For further details of CTITF’s activities, products and reports, please visit its website.