Programmes and projects

UN Counter Terrorism Centre provides UN Member States with the necessary policy support and spread in-depth knowledge of the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy, and wherever necessary, expedite delivery of technical assistance across 4 pillars of the Strategy. Learn more about the UNCCT counter-terrorism work and explore the programmes listed below. 

Together with partner Member States, UN entities and international/ regional organizations, 40 capacity-building programmes and projects benefiting 71 Member States are being implemented. From January to November 2019, UNOCT/ UNCCT trained more than 2100 individuals in 64 workshops and the Centre conducted 15 expert level meetings and 10 scoping/ technical missions. These programmes and projects focus on key thematic areas in counter-terrorism and prevention of violent extremism as and when conducive to terrorism, including foreign terrorist fighters, counter-terrorism/PCVE strategies, border security, cyber security, WMD/CBRN terrorism, South-South Cooperation, human rights, and victims of terrorism.

The Centre is also initiating new programmes and projects on global youth engagement and empowerment, terrorism-arms-crime nexus, and Screening and Prosecution, Rehabilitation, and Reintegration of individuals suspected or convicted of committing terrorist acts. UNCCT is working closely with the Global Counter-Terrorism Coordination Compact entities in the implementation of 5 seed projects funded through the UN Trust Fund for Counter-Terrorism to incentivize and support joint programming in counter-terrorism and PCVE.  

Pillar 1

National PVE action plans

National action plans to prevent violent extremism are practical frameworks that address the drivers of violent extremism. The project aims to make prevention work by supporting Member States in the design, development and adoption of such “all-of-Government,” “All-of-Society" action plans.

Prison management 

Further radicalizing incarcerated violent extremists poses a challenge for prison management. By improving safety, screening, disengagement processes and reintegration programs this project aims to stabilize prison environments and reduce chances of prisons becoming breeding grounds.


The STRIVE Asia project mitigates the growing magnitude of the violent extremism threat posed by hate group Central, South and South East Asia. The UN and EU join forces to strengthen local authorities, legislative bodies and the private sector to prevent and counter violent extremism.  

Youth engagement

Our goal is to ensure participation of young women and men in developing and delivering programmes and policies that aim to prevent and counter violent extremism. Our programme is aimed at strengthening youth resilience and supports the positive role of young people in their prevention efforts.

Pillar 2

Border security

Enhancing awareness and understanding of established ‘good practices’ stems the flow of foreign terrorist fighters across borders. Our Programme assists countries integrating such practices within their national strategies and action plans to counter terrorism and enhances the skills of border officers.


Cyber-capacities, artificial intelligence and unmanned aerial vehicles continue to become more widely available. Our Cybersecurity and New Technologies Programme aims to enhance capacities of Member States to prevent and mitigating the misuse of such technological developments.

Countering terrorist financing

Terrorist financing continues to evolve as the terrorist threat intensifies. With this UNCCT programme, that focuses on financial intelligence sharing, we aim to assist Member States in effectively freezing suspicious assets through prioritization of counter-terrorist financing practices.

WMD/ CBRN terrorism

In the wrong hands, weapons of mass destruction and chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear materials are a global threat. With our Programme, we aim to advance Member States’ threat level understanding and enhance their prevention and response mechanisms.

Pillar 3

South-South cooperation

As terrorism has severely affected countries in the Global South, our project aims to strengthen their exchange of expertise. We plan to assist countries in building new partnerships enabling them to respond to their challenges in countering terrorism and preventing violent extremism.

Pillar 4

Civil society

Civil society makes unique and invaluable contributions to countering terrorism and preventing violent extremism. Through its work, UN Counter-Terrorism Centre seeks to strengthen and more systematically engage civil society organizations at the global, regional, national and local levels with a focus on human rights, gender, and youth.

Human rights

As Member States take measures to combat terrorism and prevent and counter violent extremism, our Programme provides them with targeted support and assistance to ensure that all their efforts comply with international human rights law, international refugee law and international humanitarian law.

Victims of terrorism

Through the UN Counter Terrorism Centre Victims of Terrorism Support Programme, the Centre advocates, provides policy advice, raises the voices of victims and builds Member State capacity to support Victims and their associations around the globe.