In 2013, the Rabat conference on border control cooperation, organized jointly by the United Nations Counter Terrorism Centre (UNCCT), the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) and the Government of Morocco, identified existing gaps and needs to build up effective border management in order to counter terrorism, prevent the travel of foreign terrorist fighters (FTF) and tackle transnational organized crime.
The UNCCT Border Security Initiative (BSI) aims to assist Member States in implementing the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy and relevant Security Council resolutions as well as addressing the overall challenges in the area of integrated/cooperative border management, cross-border cooperation and border surveillance issues, including the prevention of travel of the FTFs.
Through this initiative the UNCCT stands ready to support Member States and their border law enforcement services at their request in their efforts to increase standards in the relevant areas of modern integrated/cooperative border management.
A series of four workshops build upon the work completed at the Inaugural Conference in El Jadida, Morocco in July, the Study Tour in Cairns, Australia in August and the Experts Seminar in Vienna, Austria held in September in 2015 and the paper on good practices related to border security and management that have been accumulated after each event.
The workshops brought together border practitioners from interested States and international border experts to elaborate on challenges in the area of border security and management in general and cross-border cooperation and border surveillance in particular and will build upon the ongoing work within the UNCCT BSI framework.
In addition, the UNCCT participated in various international border security related international and regional Fora in order to raise awareness among the Member States and international experts about the UNCCT-GCTF Border Security Initiative and to enhance cooperation on border security issues such as prevention of travel of FTF and use of Advanced Passenger Information (API) with key international partners, in particular OSCE, IATA and ICAO.