Working Groups

The United Nations Secretariat, agencies, funds and programmes, and affiliated organizations contribute to the implementation of the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy both through their individual mandates and through their membership in the Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force (CTITF).

Consisting of 38 international entities and INTERPOL, the primary goal of CTITF is to maximize each entity‘s comparative advantage by delivering as one to help Member States implement the four pillars of the Global Strategy.

The CTITF inter-agency Working Groups were revitalized in 2014 to improve the entities' efficiency and focus on obtaining meaningful results. The topics to which the Groups are dedicated reflect key priority areas of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy. The Working Groups develop best practices and capacity-building projects in areas where cooperation among UN system actors can add value to the implementation of the Strategy.

There are currently 12 thematic working groups in place:

  1. Border Management and Law Enforcement relating to Counter-Terrorism
  2. Countering the Financing of Terrorism
  3. Foreign Terrorist Fighters (FTF)
  4. National and Regional Counter-Terrorism Strategies
  5. Preventing and Responding to WMD Terrorist Attacks
  6. Preventing Violent Extremism and Conditions Conducive to the Spread of Terrorism  
  7. Promoting and Protecting Human Rights and the Rule of Law While Countering Terrorism
  8. Protection of Critical Infrastructure Including Internet, Vulnerable Targets and Tourism Security
  9. Supporting and Highlighting Victims of Terrorism
  10. Legal and Criminal Justice Responses to Terrorism
  11. Gender Sensitive Approach to Preventing and Countering Terrorism (in formation)
  12. Working Group on Communications (in formation)

NB: The former Working Group on Conditions Conducive to the Spread of Terrorism merged with the Working Group on Preventing Violent Extremism in 2016.