United Nations Countering Terrorist Travel Programme

Launch of the United Nations Countering Terrorist Travel Programme

WHAT:

The United Office of Counter-Terrorism is launching the UN Countering Terrorist Travel Programme, which will be implemented in partnership with the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), the Office of Information Communication Technology (OICT) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

This programme aims to support Member States to use travel information to detect, prevent, investigate and prosecute suspected terrorists, while respecting high safeguards for data protection and in compliance with international human rights laws. The United Nations will provide state-of-the-art software – goTravel - capable of analyzing travel data which, based on context-specific risks, will help them to detect and track suspected terrorists and their movements across borders. Prior to providing them with goTravel, the programme will support national authorities to develop the necessary legislative framework and national expertise via training and certification to operationalize it lawfully and effectively.

WHO:

Opening Session

  • Mr. António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations
  • Mr. Vladimir Voronkov, Under-Secretary-General, Head of the Office of Counter-Terrorism
  • H.E. Mr. Amrith Rohan Perera, the Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations,
  • Ms. Lise Gregoire-Van Haaren, the Chargé d’Affaires of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the United Nations
  • H.E. Mohammed Hussein Mohammed Bahr Aluloom, the Permanent Representative of Iraq to the United Nations

WHEN:

Tuesday, 7 May 2019 from 11:15 AM to 1:00 PM

WHERE:

General Assembly Hall, UN Headquarters, New York

The event will be webcast live at: https://webtv.un.org

BACKGROUND

Two years ago, an estimated 40,000 foreign terrorist fighters from more than 110 countries may have travelled to join terrorist groups in the Syrian Arab Republic and Iraq. Following the territorial defeat of ISIL, many terrorists are returning home or relocate to safe havens or other troubled parts of the world, representing a major threat to international peace and security.

Detecting and disrupting these terrorists and other high-risk criminals who would use the skills acquired in war zones for further attacks is a high priority for the international community.  The 6th review of the Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy adopted by the General Assembly by consensus in June 2018 and Security Council resolutions 2178 (2014) and 2396 (2017) have reaffirmed the need to strengthen international cooperation and information sharing to improve national detection capacities and prevent the travel of terrorists.

In this context, Security Council resolution 2396 (2017) calls upon Member States to require transports industry operating in their territories to provide travel information - advance passenger information (API) and passenger name record (PNR) - to appropriate national authorities to detect terrorists and their movements. The resolution calls on Member States to develop the capability to collect, process and analyze this information, and to ensure that such data is used by and shared with all their competent national authorities, with full respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.

The goTravel software is a reconfigured version of the Travel Information Portal (TRIP) system donated by the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the United Nations on 26 September 2018 on the margins of the 73rd Session of the General Assembly. The programme is funded by India, Japan, the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the State of Qatar and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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