UNCCT Annual Report 2020

UNCCT Annual Report 2020

2020 was the last year of the UNCCT Five-Year Programme (2016-2020). As detailed in this report, the Centre made impressive progress in achieving the objectives set out by the 5-Year Programme, with more than 91 per cent of planned activities either completed or being implemented. In April 2021, the Secretary-General extended the current term of the UNCCT Advisory Board under the Chairmanship of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which has been instrumental in guiding the development of UNCCT and the implementation of its programme of work. Despite the impact of COVID-19, UNOCT was able to extend the reach and impact of UNCCT’s assistance to beneficiaries by leveraging its individual staff and programme offices located in Europe, Central Asia, South East Asia and Africa. 

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Human Rights at International Borders: A Trainer’s Guide

International borders can be dangerous places for migrants, particularly for migrants in vulnerable situations. Border governance and the work of border officials are about ensuring the well-being of migrants and communities by upholding human rights and protecting the rule of law; they are often first responders in providing assistance and protection to people in vulnerable situations.

Developed collaboratively by OHCHR and the Office of Counter-Terrorism, this trainer’s guide draws on, and complements, the OHCHR Recommended Principles and Guidelines on Human Rights at International Borders. Accompanied by slide presentations and course materials this capacity-building tool seeks to support States and particularly border officials in adopting a human rights-based and gender-responsive approach to border governance.

This publication is available in: EN

Guide on the Security of Major Sporting Events: Promoting Sustainable Security and Legacies

This Guide was developed as part of the UNOCT’s Global Programme on the Security of Major Sporting Events, and the Promotion of Sport and its Values as a Tool to Prevent Violent Extremism, thanks with the invaluable partnership and support of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) and the International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS). Its raison d’être is to help all relevant stakeholders, in particular policy-makers and practitioners, to prepare, organize and manage sporting events while mitigating the constantly evolving threats posed by terrorism. 

This publication is available in: EN

Countering Terrorism Online with Artificial Intelligence: An Overview for Law Enforcement and Counter-Terrorism Agencies in South Asia and South-East Asia

People in South Asia and South Asia, especially youth, have adopted digital technologies at an enormous pace. But so did terrorists and violent extremists, forcing law enforcement agencies to adapt to these changes and change methods of how terrorist activities are investigated. The report serves as an introduction to the use of artificial intelligence for countering terrorism online, contextualises possible use cases of artificial intelligence that could be deployed by law enforcement agencies in the region and provides the assessment of key challenges that Member States must overcome to ensure that artificial intelligence for counter terrorism is used responsibly and in full compliance of human rights obligations.

This report is available in: EN

Algorithms and Terrorism: The Malicious use of Artificial Intelligence for Terrorist Purposes

Artificial intelligence can be extremely power tool and enable big advances in our societies, but it can equally be used for malicious purposes or with malicious intent. The report is a first attempt by international community to assess what might be reasonably expected when artificial intelligence becomes an instrument in the toolbox of terrorism in order to enable Member States, international and regional organisations, academia and industry to better forecast, prevent and mitigate malicious use of artificial intelligence by terrorists.

This report is available in: EN

Virtual Counter-Terrorism Week Visibility Report 2020

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: [2020]  [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. 

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