Facilitating the Development of Regional Counter-Terrorism Strategies

Southern Africa Development Corporation (SADC) 

The SADC Regional Counter-Terrorism Strategy was adopted at the SADC Heads of State Summit on 18 August 2015. The outgoing SADC Chair, President Zuma, commented that the new strategy “ensured preparedness in confronting these threats facing our continent and the world”. 
The SADC regional strategy was developed in response to the requests for assistance from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Secretariat and the African Union’s African Center for Studies and Research on Terrorism (CAERT) and focuses on the comprehensive prevention of terrorist activities that threaten to spill over from other regions. It is modelled on the UN Counter-Terrorism Strategy and the Bogota Guiding Principles for Counter-Terrorism Strategies. 
UNCCT helped to organize three expert workshops which brought together practitioners and CT focal points from every SADC country. The workshops addressed measures to prevent and combat terrorism, conditions conducive to the spread of terrorism, and the capacity-building needs of the Southern Africa region.

Central Africa (UNSAC) 

The joint UNOCA-UNCCT-CTED project on facilitating the development of an Integrated Counter-Terrorism and Non-proliferation of Arms Strategy for Central Africa, responded to a formal request for assistance received from UNSAC Member States in December 2011.
Over the past two years UNOCA, CTED and UNCCT have organized five drafting workshops in Central Africa for UNSAC Member States on the following thematic areas: police, security and intelligence matters; customs, immigration, border control and small arms trafficking; conditions conducive to the growth of terrorism and human rights and the rule of law; terrorist financing and money laundering; and criminal justice responses to terrorism. 
The final workshop in this series took place in Libreville, Gabon, on 29 September – 1 October 2015 and the delegates endorsed the strategy, which will be circulated to UNSAC capitals. It is anticipate that it will be submitted for adoption at the UNSAC Ministerial Meeting.
 

Workshops

  • Southern African Development Community (SADC) Regional Counter-Terrorism Strategy drafting workshop on measures to prevent and combat terrorism. Held in Harare, Zimbabwe on 5 – 7 November 2014.
  • Integrated Counter-Terrorism and Non-proliferation of Arms Strategy for Central Africa drafting workshop on conditions conducive to the growth of terrorism and human rights and the rule of law. Held in Luanda, Angola, on 24-26 February 2015.
  • Southern African Development Community (SADC) Regional Counter-Terrorism Strategy drafting workshop on addressing the conditions conducive to the spread of terrorism and upholding the rule of law. Held in Livingstone, Zambia, on 24-26 March 2015.
  • Integrated Counter-Terrorism and Non-proliferation of Arms Strategy for Central Africa drafting workshop on terrorist financing and money laundering. Held in Libreville, Gabon, from 19-21 May 2015.
  • Southern African Development Community (SADC) Regional Counter-Terrorism Strategy drafting workshop on counter-terrorism capacity building needs in the Southern Africa region. Held in Gaborone, Botswana, on 10-11 June 2015. This workshop also reviewed the draft strategy and associated Plan of Action that had been prepared by the SADC Secretariat, with extensive input from UNCCT, CAERT and the SADC Troika.
  • Integrated Counter-Terrorism and Non-proliferation of Arms Strategy for Central Africa drafting workshop on criminal justice responses to terrorism. Held in Libreville, Gabon, from 29 September – 1 October 2015. Representatives from United Nations Standing Advisory Committee on Security Questions in Central Africa (UNSAC) Member States also reviewed the final draft strategy document and associated Plan of Action during the course of this workshop.