Hand-over Ceremony of Saudi Donation for UN Counter-Terrorism Centre

In August of 2014, the 8th Secretary-General of the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (centre) receives a donation by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia of US$100 million for the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre (UNCCT), at a ceremony with Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir (left), Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to the United States, and Abdallah Y. Al-Mouallimi, Permanent Representative of Saudi Arabia to the UN and Chair of the Advisory Board of the UNCCT. Photo: UN Photo/ Evan Schneider


Foundational Contribution from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

UNCCT was established in 2011 through a USD 10 million contribution from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the UN, following the recommendation in the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy. 

On 13 August 2014, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia donated an additional USD 100 million to help finance the work of UNCCT. 

On the occasion of the Fourth Strategic Review of the Global Strategy, in June 2014, the General Assembly encouraged Member States to provide resources and voluntary contributions to the Centre and to contribute to the implementation of its activities. The Secretary-General has repetitively stressed the need to ensure a broader donor base for UNCCT.

Learn more about diversifying UNCCT's donor base to ensure sustainable and predictable funding for multi-year programmatic activities in 'Funding and donors'. 

Counter-terrorism capacity building

UNCCT develops and implements counter-terrorism capacity building projects jointly with beneficiaries, donors and UN entities on the basis of co-funding and co-implementation. Through this modality, the Centre is able to leverage the respective competencies of each partner and have greater impact on the ground, increased ownership by the beneficiary and greater involvement by Member States in the funding decisions of UNCCT. 

At the UNCCT Advisory Board meeting of 7 November 2014, members expressed support for a model through which in-kind contributions are provided to the Centre by making national experts available for the implementation of the capacity building projects.

UNCCT 5-Year Programme

With the launch of the UNCCT 5-Year Programme in January 2016, UNCCT enhanced its efforts to obtain un-earmarked funding through engaging Member States to co-fund its various projects and initiatives. This allowed the Centre to cover a broader spectrum of its thematic and geographic areas, while maintaining the consistent implementation of the 5-Year Programme. 

In 2018, the Centre’s funding base increased significantly, which contributed to enhancing the sustainability of Centre’s staffing and programmatic activities. UNCCT continues to be heavily reliant on extrabudgetary resources for the implementation of its mandate. 

As of 30 June 2019, thirty (30) Member States have contributed to the UN Trust Fund for Counter-Terrorism since its inception in 2009. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the State of Qatar, the Netherlands, the European Union, the United States of America, Norway, Japan, Spain, the Russian Federation and the United Kingdom are among the top ten donors to the Trust Fund.

Member States have expressed their interest in supporting capacity-building projects in a number of priority areas, in particular strategic communications and other PCVE issues, foreign terrorist fighters, border security and management, API/PNR, countering terrorist financing, cyber security, human rights, victims of terrorism, civil society and youth engagement, in support of the comprehensive and balanced implementation of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy. 

Geographical reach

The voluntary contributions received from donors allowed UNCCT to increase its geographical reach and the scope of activities in Central Asia and South-East Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, the G5 Sahel and CARICOM.