The United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre (UNCCT) was established in 2011 within the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force (CTITF), in the Department of Political Affairs.
The Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force (CTITF) was established by the Secretary-General in 2005 and endorsed by the General Assembly through the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy, which was adopted by consensus in 2006.
The mandate of the CTITF was to enhance coordination and coherence of counter-terrorism efforts of the United Nations system. The Task Force consisted of 38 international entities which by virtue of their work have, have a stake in multilateral counter-terrorism efforts. Each entity makes contributions consistent with its own mandate.
While the primary responsibility for the implementation of the Global Strategy rests with Member States, CTITF ensured that the UN system is attuned to the needs of Member States, to provide them with the necessary policy support and spread in-depth knowledge of the Strategy, and wherever necessary, expedite delivery of technical assistance.
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.
In 2018, Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force coordination arrangement was replaced by United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Coordination Compact