UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy

The UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy (A/RES/60/288) is a unique global instrument to enhance national, regional and international efforts to counter terrorism. Through its adoption by consensus in 2006, all UN Member States agreed the first time to a common strategic and operational approach to fighting terrorism.

The Strategy does not only send a clear message that terrorism is unacceptable in all its forms and manifestations but it also resolves to take practical steps, individually and collectively, to prevent and combat terrorism. Those practical steps include a wide array of measures ranging from strengthening state capacity to counter terrorist threats to better coordinating UN System’s counter-terrorism activities.

Pillars of the UN Global Counter Terrorism Strategy

The UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy in the form of a resolution and an annexed Plan of Action (A/RES/60/288) is composed of 4 pillars, namely:

  1. Addressing the conditions conducive to the spread of terrorism

  2. Measures to prevent and combat terrorism

  3. Measures to build states’ capacity to prevent and combat terrorism and to strengthen the role of the United Nations system in that regard

  4. Measures to ensure respect for human rights for all and the rule of law as the fundamental basis for the fight against terrorism

Review of the Counter-Terrorism Strategy

The UN General Assembly reviews the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy every two years, making it a living document attuned to Member States’ counter-terrorism priorities. 

The Sixth Review of the Strategy took place on 26 June 2018. The General Assembly examined the Report of the UN Secretary-General (A/72/840) on the implementation of the Strategy over the past two years. The Assembly adopted the resolution (A/RES/72/284) on the Review of the Strategy by consensus, as it had done with all other previous five resolutions on the Review of the Strategy.

The next Review will take place in June/July 2020.

5th Review of the Strategy

  • Report of the Secretary-General (A/70/826) on the implementation of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy
  • UN General Assembly adopted resolution (A/RES/70/291) on the Fifth Review of the UN Counter-Terrorism Strategy

4th Review of the Strategy

  • Report of the Secretary-General (A/68/841) on the implementation of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy
  • UN General Assembly adopted resolution (A/RES/68/276) on the Fourth Review of the UN Counter-Terrorism Strategy

All reviews of the Strategy

Other counter-terrorism Documents, including the third and second Review of the Strategy, are available in our counter-terrorism document library.