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.

Basic Human Rights Reference Guide: The Stopping and Searching of Persons in the Context of Countering Terrorism

These guidelines aim to help Member States design and implement counter-terrorism policies while ensuring that they comply with international human rights law and standards. It also intents to inform Member States about specific obligations to ensure that practices of stopping and searching individuals respect an individual’s human rights at all times. 

United Nations Compendium of recommended practices for the responsible use and sharing of biometrics in counter-terrorism

This compendium provides a high-level overview of biometric technoly and operating systems within the context of counter-terrorism.

Available in: EN | RU

Ensuring Effective Interagency Interoperability and Coordinated Communication in Case of Chemical and/or Biological Attacks

The prospect of non-State actors, including terrorist groups and their supporters using weapons and materials of mass destruction is a serious threat to international peace and security. This report constitutes a milestone in our efforts to put forward more thoughtful planning and improved tools for coordination to prevent, counter and respond to the threat of terrorists using chemical or biological weapons.

Madrid Guiding Principles

This publication outlining the Madrid Guiding Principles is intended as a practical tool for use by Member States in their efforts to combat terrorism and, in particular, to stem the flow of foreign terrorist fighters in accordance with Security Council Resolution 2178 (2014).