Themes & Priorities

Priorities

The 6-point Vision Statement of former Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon outlines the key priorities of UNCCT contributing to the full implementation of all four Pillars of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy in providing capacity building to Member States, particularly in countries and regions most threatened by terrorism. Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia have been identified as priority regions.

The vision helps to ensure that counter-terrorism is mainstreamed into the Secretary-General’s three main priorities: building safer and more secure world, the promotion of social and economic development in the context of the post-2015 Development Agenda, and the 'Human Rights up Front' initiative.

Themes

Given the comprehensive nature of the Strategy, the Centre focused its activities on specific thematic areas where it can bring value without duplicating the technical assistance work of other entities. Building on the Secretary-General’s Vision for the Future Role of UNCCT, the UNCCT Plan of Action and consultations with the Centre’s Advisory Board, the UNCCT 5-Year Programme outlines four (4) key outcomes and twelve (12) related outputs that will ensure focus and impact in areas not served by other United Nations entities. These are the following:

Outcome 1: Prevent/Counter Violent Extremism (relating to Pillar I of the Global Strategy)

Drawing on UNCCT expertise/assistance and programme support, Member States prevent and counter violent extremism and address the Foreign Terrorist Fighters (FTF) phenomenon

  • Output 1.1: Preventing Violent Extremism: Through UNCCT support, requesting Member States and the United Nations have an increased capacity to counter the appeal of violent extremism and underlying causes
  • Output 1.2: Foreign Terrorist Fighters: Via UNCCT support requesting Member States have an increased ability to understand and address the FTF phenomenon

Outcome 2: Combatting terrorism (relating to Pillar II of the Global Strategy)

Drawing on UNCCT expertise/assistance and programme support, Member States and regions counter terrorism in a strategic manner, combat the financing of terrorism, and prevent the travel of terrorists and cyber terrorism

  • Output 2.1: Strategies Via UNCCT support, requesting Member States and regions have in place holistic and integrated counter-terrorism strategies based on the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy
  • Output 2.2: Countering the Financing of Terrorism Through UNCCT assistance, requesting Member States and regions have in place policies, legislation and trained officials to counter the financing of terrorism
  • Output 2.3: Border Security and Management Based in UNCCT assistance, requesting Member States and regions have improved border security and management, including through enhanced inter-agency and international cooperation
  • Output 2.4: Cyber Security Through UNCCT support, requesting Member States are better able to prevent terrorist cyber-attacks, and mitigate the effects and expedite recovery should they occur

Outcome 3: Human Rights & Victims (relating to Pillar IV of the Global Strategy)

Drawing on UNCCT expertise/assistance and programme support, Member States ensure respect for human rights as the fundamental basis of the fight against terrorism

  • Output 3.1: Human Rights: Through UNCCT support, requesting Member States have access to good practices on ensuring respect for human rights while countering terrorism and are enabled to apply them
  • Output 3.2: Victims: Through UNCCT support, requesting Member States have an enhanced capacity to provide support to victims of terrorism, including by strengthening their voices

Outcome 4: International cooperation (relating to Pillar III of the Global Strategy)

Drawing on UNCCT expertise/assistance and programme support, Member States, UN entities and other stakeholders cooperate to prevent violent extremism and counter terrorism

  • Output 4.1: I-ACT is promoted and expanded to cover additional requesting Member States and priority gaps are identified and addressed in a coherent manner by relevant entities
  • Output 4.2: Countering Terrorism as ‘All-of-UN’ - Relevant entities have an enhanced capacity, within their mandate, to address terrorism and violent extremism, including in particular through joint efforts
  • Output 4.3: Networks - Through UNCCT support, professional linkages between relevant global, regional and national counter-terrorism centres have been enhanced
  • Output 4.4: South-South - Through UNCCT support, South-South and triangular counter-terrorism capacity building cooperation has been enhanced