Semana contra el Terrorismo 2020

The Second Counter-Terrorism Week at the United Nations was anticipated to take place from 29 June to 3 July 2020 at the UN Headquarters, New York. This 2020 Counter-Terrorism Week was planned to include the Seventh Biennial Review of the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy, the first ever United Nations Global Congress of Victims of Terrorism, as well as the Second United Nations High-Level Conference of Heads of Counter-Terrorism Agencies of Member States.

Due to the COVID-19 crisis and following the decision of the General Assembly to postpone the review of the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy to its 75th session, the entire 2020 Counter-Terrorism Week is postponed.


2020 Virtual Counter-Terrorism Week

The Virtual Counter-Terrorism Week will be held from 6-10 July and convened under the overarching theme of “Strategic and Practical Challenges of Countering Terrorism in a Global Pandemic Environment”. 

The event will be launched on Monday 6 July 2020 at 10:00 am (New York time) with an opening two-hour high-level session titled “Post COVID-19 World: Contours and Pivot Points and Benefits of Multilateral Collaboration.”

Thereafter, the Week will include nine additional webinars and interactive discussions of approximately 90 minutes to two hours each, focusing on priorities such as bio and cyber terrorism, high-risk threats and trends, addressing the plight of victims of terrorism, flagship UN counter-terrorism programmes, human rights and counter-terrorism, countering the financing of terrorism, youth-led initiatives to build resilient societies, and civil society and media perspectives to prevent violent extremism, among others. 

The event will provide an opportunity to bring Member States, United Nations entities, thought leaders, civil society representatives and other stakeholders together to exchange views, through strategic and expert-level online events, on what the new circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic mean for the counter-terrorism landscape.


2018 Counter-Terrorism Week

The first High-level Conference of Heads of Counter-Terrorism Agencies of Member States (2018 Counter-Terrorism Week) was convened by Secretary-General António Guterres on 28-29 June 2018 in New York, under the theme of “Strengthening international cooperation to combat the evolving threat of terrorism”. More than a thousand participants from 150 Member States, 30 international and regional organisations, 55 civil society organisations and 31 United Nations entities took part.

The first High-level Conference helped to strengthen multilateral counter-terrorism collaboration, break down silos and encourage new partnerships. As follow-up, Secretary-General Guterres pledged to convene a second High-Level Conference in 2020 and that in the meantime the United Nations would partner with Member States to organize a series of regional high-level conferences to sustain the momentum for information exchange, sharing of expertise and resources and enhancing collaboration on key counter-terrorism priorities for Member States.

Conference sessions 

The 2020 Virtual Counter-Terrorism Week will consist of ten (10) webinars and interactive discussions, including: 

Date Session

Monday, 06 July
10 AM – 12 PM

The Opening Session  
Post COVID-19 World: Contours, Pivot Points and Benefits of Multilateral Collaboration  (concept note)

Webcast live on: UN Web TV

Key Note Address:

Distinguished Speakers

  • Mr. Josep Borrell, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, EU Commission Vice President 
  • Mr. Richard Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations 
  • Mr. Kais Kabtani, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Tunisia to the United Nations, Chair of the Counter-Terrorism Committee (opening statement)
  • Ms. Ghada Fathi Waly, Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (open statement)
  • Mr. Fabrizio Hochschild Drummond, Head of Digital Cooperation and Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on the Commemoration of the United Nations’ 75th Anniversary (opening statement)
  • Ms. Ăsa Regnér, Deputy Executive Director, UN Women; and
  • Mr. John Frank, Vicepresident for UN Affairs, Microsoft


  • Mr. Vladimir Voronkov, Under-Secretary-General for Counter-Terrorism, United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT)  (opening statement)  (watch it on UN Web TV)
  • Ms. Sarah Franck, Junior Professional Officer/Associate Expert, UNOCT 
Monday, 6 July
12:30 PM – 2 PM  

Interactive Discussion I
Emerging Threats: Responding to the Threat of Bio and Cyber Terrorism  (concept note)

Link to attend

Tuesday, 7 July
9 AM – 11 AM

Webinar II
The Global Scourge of Terrorism: Assessment of High-Risk Threats and Trends, including the rise of Violent Extremism and Hate Speech in a Pandemic Environment (by Invitation only).

Tuesday, 7 July
11:30 AM – 12:15 PM 

UNCCT Virtual Expo Launch  (concept note). (video)

Distinguished Speakers

  • H.E. Mr. Abdallah Y. Al-Mouallimi, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the United Nations and Chair of the UNCCT Advisory Board  
  • Mr. Vladimir Voronkov, Under-Secretary-General for Counter-Terrorism, UNOCT, and Executive Director of the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre, UNCCT


  • The distinguished speakers
  • Dr. Jehangir Khan, Director, United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre


  • Ms. Amani Alkhiami, Associate Expert – Strategic Communications, United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre 


Watch the Launch

Explore the Virtual Expo

Wednesday, 8 July
9 AM – 11 AM 

Webinar III
Addressing the Plight of Victims of Terrorism in a Challenging Environment  (concept note)

Wednesday, 8 July
11:30 AM – 1 PM

Interactive Discussion III 
Global programmes on Countering Terrorist Travel, Returning Foreign Terrorists Fighters (FTFs), including their Prosecution, Rehabilitation and Reintegration  (concept note)

Thursday, 9 July
9 AM – 11 AM 

Webinar IV 
Protecting and promoting Human Rights as a cornerstone of building resilience against terrorism  (concept note)

Thursday, 9 July
11:30 AM – 1 PM

Interactive Discussion IV 
Prevention of Violent Extremism and Strengthening Social Cohesion: Investing in Youth-led and Youth-driven Initiatives to build Resilient Societies  (concept note)

Friday, 10 July
9 AM – 11 AM 

Webinar V 
Civil Society and Media Perspectives on Preventing and Countering Terrorism in a Pandemic  (concept note)

Friday, 10 July
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM 

The Closing Session 
Member States’ Counter-Terrorism Priorities in the Post COVID-19 Environment – Synergies and Complementarities between the COVID-19 and Counter-Terrorism Agendas  (concept note)


  • Mr. Vladimir Voronkov, Under-Secretary-General for Counter-Terrorism, UNOCT


  • Hon. Mr. Nathan Sales, Ambassador-at-Large and Coordinator for Counterterrorism, U.S. Department of State
  • H.E. Ms. Gabriela Cuevas Barron, President, Inter-Parliamentary Union 
  • H.E. Thomas Greminger, Secretary General, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe 
  • H.E. Mr. Smail Chergui, Commissioner for Peace and Security, African Union 
  • H.E. Mr. Dang Dinh Quy, Permanent Representative of Viet Nam to the United Nations (ASEAN Chair) 
  • Ms. Alison August Treppel, Executive Secretary, Inter-American Committee against Terrorism, Organization of American States
  • Mr. Gilles de Kerchove, European Union Counter-Terrorism Coordinator 



2020 Virtual Counter-Terrorism Week Expo

#UNCCT launched its 1st Virtual Exposition during #VirtualCTWeek. The #UNCCTExpo takes visitors on an interactive digital journey, exploring the Centre's history & its capacity-building efforts. 

Semana contra el Terrorismo 2018

El Secretario General de las Naciones Unidas, António Guterres, ofrece un discurso durante la apertura de la Conferencia de Alto Nivel sobre la Lucha contra el Terrorismo


Estrategia Global de las Naciones Unidas contra el Terrorismo

La Asamblea General de las Naciones Unidas aprobó por consenso la Estrategia Global de Lucha contra el Terrorismo de las Naciones Unidas PDF document el 8 de septiembre de 2006. La Estrategia es un instrumento único en el mundo que intensifica las actividades nacionales, regionales e internacionales de lucha contra el terrorismo. La Asamblea General examina la Estrategia cada dos años, por lo que este es un documento en constante evolución que está en sintonía con las prioridades de los Estados Miembros en materia de lucha contra el terrorismo.