Building Member States capacity to Counter-Terrorism
Located within the Office of Counter-Terrorism, the Centre organizes its work around the Secretary-General’s six-point Vision Statement, which has informed a annual programme of work (2014-2015) as well as a five year programme (2016-2020).
Since becoming operational in 2012, the UNCCT has made steady progress towards becoming a resource for Member States in support of their implementation of the Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy. With the initial contribution of $10 million from Saudi Arabia, and contributions from Germany, Norway, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the United States of America, the Centre has supported and implemented more than 30 capacity building projects across the globe, a number of which are still ongoing, insuring impact at the global, regional and national level.
In order to ensure that the projects are implemented in an impactful and cost efficient manner, the Center executes its projects through 3 channels:
Providing Counter-Terrorism and Capacity Building Expertise
The Centre implements the majority of its projects directly, including by planning and executing capacity-building initiatives at the request of Member States. The UNCCT is increasingly able to draw on its own experts to support counter-terrorism efforts across the globe. For example, the Centre is making experts available to support UN Country Teams (UNCT), Peacekeeping Operations (PKO), and Special Political Missions (SPM) to ensure that counter-terrorism is mainstreamed into the work of the United Nations’ field operations. The centre counts a number of experts on key issues such as kidnapping for ransom, radicalization, human rights, victims of terrorism, border security and management, weapons of mass destruction and information & technology.
A key strength for the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre is its close association with the Global Counter-Terrorism Coordination Compact mechanism, formely the the Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force (CTITF). This allows the Centre to develop and implement projects that draw on the wealth of expertise in the various mandate areas of the Global Ct Compact entities by working closely with the inter-agency Working Groups. The direct involvement of a multiplicity of entities also contributes to ensure the strongest possible impact across a range of subjects. For example, UNCCT has facilitated the development of regional strategies in Central and Southern Africa, which was successfully implemented in close cooperation with CTITF entities such as CTED, DPA, UNODC, OHCHR, UN Women, UNDP, UNESCO and AOC.
The Integrated Assistance for Countering Terrorism (I-ACT) Initiative is designed to facilitate the implementation of the Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy nationally through an “All of UN” approach. The initiative is already launched in Burkina Faso, Mali and Nigeria. The UNCCT will support the operationalization of I-ACT in other countries to ensure a strategic approach to capacity building.