Countering terrorism appeal


United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy:

Section I, paragraph 6: “To pursue and reinforce development and social inclusion agendas at every level as goals in themselves, recognizing that success in this area, especially on youth unemployment, could reduce marginalization and the subsequent sense of victimization that propels extremism and the recruitment of terrorists.”


In June 2010, the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) opened the “Centre on Policies to Counter the Appeal of Terrorism”. The Centre will be analyzing different policies and programmes on detection and prevention of pathways into terrorism, early intervention efforts against terrorist recruitment, and rehabilitation initiatives. The Centre, run in close coordination with the CTITF, is based at the UNICRI Lab’s office on “Dialogue and innovation” in Lucca, Italy.

Key planned projects for the initial three-year pilot phase of the “Center on Policies to Counter the Appeal of Terrorism” include:

  • A searchable web-based database containing information about different projects, programmes and policies pursued by governments to counter the appeal of terrorism;
  • An annual analytical report based on non-reserved information provided by Member States (these reports will complement the database by highlighting key updates and determine broader trends in Member States’ efforts to counter the appeal of terrorism;
  • A series of regional and inter-regional roundtables on countering the appeal of terrorism that will gather a select group of counter-terrorism practitioners and other relevant stakeholders acting at the regional and municipal levels and facilitate the building of networks among them;
  • An international conference at the end of the pilot phase to present to Member States with initial findings and achievements, to propose and discuss good practices, and to highlight possible areas for international cooperation.

For more information on UNICRI’s funding proposal for the planned center, please contact