Countering terrorist travel

.Countering terrorist travel. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Countering terrorist travel. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

"Just two years ago, we estimated that over 40,000 foreign terrorist fighters from more than 110 countries may have travelled to join terrorist groups in the Syrian Arab Republic and Iraq."

-- UN Secretary-General António Guterres remarks at the official launch of the United Nations Countering Terrorist Travel Programme

Building detection capabilities

The UN Countering Terrorist Travel Programme, a flagship global initiative of the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism, assists Member States building their detection capabilities to counter terrorist offences and other serious crimes by using advance passenger information (API), passenger name record (PNR), and other passenger data, in accordance with Security Council resolutions 2178 (2014), 2396 (2017) and 2482 (2019).

In an “All-of-UN” partnership with UN Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate, UN Office on Drugs and Crime, ICAO, UN Offifce of Information and Communication Technology and INTERPOL, the Programme comprehensively assists Member States in legislative, operational, transport industry engagement, and technical areas. This includes the donation and deployment of the UN goTravel software system.

Analyzing passenger data

The detection capability, commonly referred to as Passenger Information Unit (PIU), analyzes passenger data from multiple modes of transportation and identifies known terrorists and suspects by cross-checking against national and international watchlists, including those of INTERPOL and previously unknown threats using risk indicators. The PIU will detect and track threats, and alert national and international competent authorities, helping to investigate or interdict individuals associated with terrorism and serious crimes.

The CT Travel Programme also supports Member States to establish Regional Informal Working Groups designed to promote information exchange and sharing of good practices and lessons learned, thereby significantly enhancing the national implementation and capability. The Programme’s digital solution, Cooperative Online Platform (COP), gives Member States 24/7 access to globally and regionally shared information and link them to the CT Travel Programme online.

Online training programme

The CT Travel online training programme is under development and will cover all four essential areas of implementation: legal, operational, carrier engagement, and technical – including the deployment and operational use of the UN goTravel software system, donated to participating Member States.

This online training programme is designed to deliver the most up-to-date knowledge, lessons learned, and good practices to new PIU operators as well as policymakers and relevant Ministries and operational agencies involved in their PIU construction.


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The Programme, launched in May 2019, assist Member States to meet the obligations of Security Council resolutions by enhancing their detection capacity against foreign terrorist fighters (FTFs) and serious criminals.



UNOCT CT Travel Team 

The Countering Terrorist Travel Programme Team supports Member States’ national competent authorities from beginning to end. Each beneficiary Member State receives secured access to the Programme's support platform, which allows for real-time interactive collaboration and information exchange to ensure smooth project implementation. Get it touch with the CT Travel Team

goTravel software solution

goTravel is part of UNOCT's comprehensive Member State software support package to counter terrorist travel. The Countering Terrorist Travel Programme brochure provides detailed information about our software solution goTravel. Get the brochure and learn more about the Programme.

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