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Virtual Counter-Terrorism Week 2020 Visibility Report

Virtual Counter-Terrorism Week 2020 Visibility Report


The United Nations Virtual Counter-Terrorism Week took place from 6 to 10 July 2020 under the theme of “Strategic and Practical Challenges of Countering Terrorism in a Global Pandemic Environment”. It was one of the first major events marking the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations.

The event brought together Member States, United Nations entities, civil society representatives, international and regional organizations, thought leaders, the private sector and other key stakeholders to improve our collective understanding of the impact and potential consequences of the COVID-19 crisis on the terrorism landscape, as well as Member States’ counter-terrorism needs, priorities and expectations.

This visibility report contains highlights, key conclusions and outcomes from the ten webinars and interactive discussions that took place during the event.


Report of the Secretary-General on the Work of the Organization 2020

The Report of the Secretary-General on the Work of the Organization (A/75/1) highlights how the UN Secretariat translates resources into impact, and for the first time, it also provides a sample of the work of the broader UN family as well as the system-wide efforts to respond to COVID-19 and to build a more inclusive and sustainable world. The Report covers nine sections, and the work of United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODOC) and Office of Counter-Terrorism (OCT) can be found on pages 122-131, section (viii).

This report is available in: AR | CHEN | FR | GESP | RU

UNCCT Annual Report

The UNCCT Annual Report provides a comprehensive overview of all UN Counter Terrorism Centre's Programmes and Projects, including their substantive and financial performance.

Responding to Member State demands and both Security Council and General Assembly resolutions, UNCCT launched new programmes and expanded existing ones in priority areas such as countering the financing of terrorism, youth engagement, cybersecurity, victims of terrorism, upholding human rights while countering terrorism, mainstreaming gender, and countering terrorist use of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear material.

The annual report is available for the year of: [2019]  [2018]

Key Principles for the Protection, Repatriation, Prosecution, Rehabilitation and Reintegration of Women and Children with Links to UN Listed Terrorist Groups

This paper outlines the key legal, policy and operational principles that must be adhered to in the UN’s system-wide response to this challenge. This includes improving system-wide coordination through the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Coordination Compact.

Handbook Children affected by the foreign-fighter phenomenon: Ensuring a child rights-based approach

Following the territorial collapse of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in particular, increased attention has been focused on foreign-fighters and their families returning to their countries of origin or travelling to a third country. Thousands of children are among them. This Handbook lists practical guidance towards such children while also taking obligations under international human rights, humanitarian and refugee law into account.
This publication is available in: AR | EN | FR | RU

Preventing Violent Extremism Reference Guide

Addressing the rise of violent extremism that is conducive to terrorism is a difficult challenge for the international community. This Reference Guide builds upon the available practice, and seeks to enhance the capability of Member States and organizations to direct and tailor the development of their PVE plans, while also providing practical guidance for stakeholders shepherding the process. 

This publication is available in: AR | EN | FR | RU

Handbook on Human Rights and Screening in Border Security and Management

Policies and procedures around border security and management are wide ranging and raise a variety of issues related to human rights. This Handbook focuses on specific human rights issues around policies and processes for screening and assessing individuals at international borders in the context of counter-terrorism.

Available in: AR | EN | FR 

Pocketbook on Human Rights and Screening in Border Security and Management

Screening procedures at borders play an important role in identifying and intercepting individuals suspected of traveling to participate in terrorist acts. This Pocketbook looks at border security and management, international law and respecting and protecting human rights of every individual while taking measures to counter terrorism.

Available in: AR| EN | FR

Basic Human Rights Reference Guide: Security Infrastructure

These guidelines aim to provide practical guidance concerning the design and implementation of security infrastructure in a manner which respects human rights and fundamental freedoms. The Guide also identifies critical human rights issues and highlights the relevant human rights principles and standards that must be respected.

Basic Human Rights Reference Guide: Conformity of National Counter-Terrorism Legislation with International Human Rights Law

This Guide main purpose is to assess the key challenges in the field of national counter-terrorism legislation and to provide Member States with legal and practical guidance to assist them in ensuring that counter-terrorism measures comply with international human rights law.

Basic Human Rights Reference Guide: Detention in the Context of Countering Terrorism

The main purpose of this Guide is to assess the key challenges related to detention of persons when countering terrorism and to provide Member States with legal and practical guidance to assist them in ensuring that counter-terrorism measures comply with international human rights law.