In 2006, all Member States of the United Nations acknowledged that the question of creating an international centre to fight terrorism could be considered as part of the international efforts to counter terrorism, as stipulated in the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy (A/RES/60/288)

In 2011, through a voluntary contribution of the Government of Saudi Arabia, the United Nations Secretariat was able to launch the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre (UNCCT). In the same year, the General Assembly adopted resolution A/RES/66/10 that took note of the contribution with appreciation, welcomed the establishment of the UNCCT within the CTITF Office, and encouraged Member States to collaborate with the Centre.

In August 2014, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia donated USD 100 million to the UNCCT. Other donors of the Centre include the United States of America, the United Kingdom and Germany.

In June 2017, the Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force and the UN Counter-Terrorism Centre, initially established in the Department of Political Affairs were moved into the Office of Counter-Terrorism as suggested by Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his report (A/71/858) on the Capability of the United Nations to Assist Member States in implementing the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy.

The UNCCT benefits from the advice of 22 members of its Advisory Board, chaired by his Excellency Ambassador Abdallah Yahya A. Al-Mouallimi, Permanent Representative of Saudi Arabia to the United Nations. The Office of Counter-Terrorism's Under-Secretary-General Vladimir Voronkov is the Executive Director of the Centre.

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