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CTED resumes on-site assessment visits on behalf of the Counter-Terrorism Committee with first comprehensive visit to Bulgaria

After working for two years in virtual and hybrid settings as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) resumed its on-site assessment visits on behalf of the Counter-Terrorism Committee, conducting a comprehensive visit to the Republic of Bulgaria from 4 to 9 April 2022.

The visiting delegation consisted of CTED experts, as well as experts from the following United Nations bodies and international organizations: the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT); the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC); the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO); the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL); the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation (Europol); the International Organization for Migration (IOM); the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE); and the Committee of Experts on the Evaluation of Anti-Money Laundering Measures and the Financing of Terrorism (MONEYVAL).

The visit enabled the delegation to assess progress made by Bulgaria in adopting measures to implement Security Council resolution 1373 (2001) and other relevant Security Council resolutions. Country visits are one of the key channels of the Counter-Terrorism Committee to engage and conduct a constructive dialogue with Member States with a view to achieving effective implementation of the relevant Security Council counter-terrorism resolutions.

The human rights aspects of Bulgaria’s counter-terrorism measures and the role of women in countering terrorism and violent extremism conducive to terrorism were also raised during the discussions.

The delegation also held separate meetings with the Human Rights Ombudsman, the Commission for Protection against Discrimination, and representatives of civil society.

The delegation was led by Mr. Ahmed Seif El-Dawla, CTED Chief of Section for Europe, Middle East, and Central Asia, who commended Bulgaria for its continued cooperation and for facilitating a constructive, in-depth dialogue between the visiting experts and their Bulgarian counterparts.

CT Travel Programme Targeting Training Course for Norway

The United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC-AIRCOP), and the Norwegian National Police Directorate, including the National Criminal Investigation Service (Kripos) delivered a four-day in-person Training Course on  “Targeting” – the process of using available data, tools and intelligence to identify known high-risk travelers who may pose a national security threat. The course was organized for Norwegian authorities and took place in Oslo’s Kripos premises. 21 participants from the police, customs, and security service attended the training, supported by Passenger Information Unit (PIU) experts and facilitators from the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Finnish Government. 

The Training Course highlighted five main objectives: understanding the structure and  the role of staff in Targeting Centres and Passenger Information Units, knowing the key differences between Advance Passenger Information (API) and Passenger Name Record (PNR), identifying relevant risk information and creating risk profiles with PNR data, knowing how to issue traveler targets and recommend follow-up actions, and understanding the basic functions of the ‘goTravel’ system. 
The National Criminal Investigation Service (Kripos) is a specialized agency of the Norwegian Police Service focused on technical and tactical investigation and assists police districts in countering organized crime. Kripos also serves  as the center for international police cooperation, including participation in Interpol and Europol. 

The UN Countering Terrorist Travel Programme, a flagship global initiative of the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT)   follows an ‘’All-of-UN’’ approach to provide comprehensive, yet tailored assistance to beneficiary Member States, with the support of five implementing partners, including the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the United Nations Office of Information and Communications Technology (OICT), the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), and the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL).

Currently supporting 51 beneficiary Member States across the globe, the programme assists beneficiary Member States in enhancing their national capabilities to detect and intercept terrorists and serious criminals by using API and PNR data and cross-checking against INTERPOL, and other international and national databases of known and suspected terrorists and criminals, in accordance with Security Council resolutions 2178 (2014), 2396 (2017), and 2482 (2019), ICAO standards and recommended practices, and other international law obligations, relevant privacy laws, and human rights principles. The Programme also promotes regional cooperation through enhanced information exchange and sharing of lessons learned and good practices.

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Border Security and Traveler Screening workshop for Iraq

CT Travel Programme supported 3-day Border Security and Traveler Workshop organized for border security and counter-terrorism agencies of Iraq held on 27-29 March in Amman, Jordan. The workshop brought together 15 government officials representing Border Guard Force, Directorate of Nationality, Passports and Residence, Office of the National Security Advisor, National Intelligence Service and the Civil Aviation Authority. CT Travel Programme organized four sessions at the workshop focusing on best practices in watchlisting (CTED), foundations of Advance Passenger Information (API) and Passenger Name Record (PNR) and the use of passenger data in the context of the Passenger Information Unit (PIU) (UNODC-AIRCOP and UNOCT), developing national legal framework on API and PNR (UNODC TPB) and roadmap for the implementation of the CT Travel Programme in Iraq (UNOCT). The workshop, organized by INTERPOL and United States Department of State in partnership with CT Travel Programme and IOM, concluded with sets of recommendations to advance overall border security and CT strategies in Iraq, including those linked to the UN Security Council Resolutions 2178, 2396, and 2482.

Building National Capacities to Counter Terrorist Travel: A Side Event on the UN Countering Terrorist Travel Programme

On 24 June, the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT), together with UN Countering Terrorist Travel (CT Travel) Programme partners, organized a virtual side event, ‘Building National Capacities to Counter Terrorist Travel: Highlighting achievements, impact, and lessons learned from the field’, on the margins of the 2nd High-Level Conference of Heads of Counter-Terrorism Agencies of Member States during the 2021 Counter-Terrorism Week.  

From Take-Off to Landing – UNOCT and UNODC AIRCOP partner under the UN Countering Terrorist Travel Programme to build Member Sta

The United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) in partnership with UNODC Airport Communication Project (AIRCOP) co-organized a virtual side event, ‘From take-off to landing: Providing assistance to set up a Passenger Information Unit under the United Nations Countering Terrorist Travel Program’s Operational Pillar’, on the margins of 30th Session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ). The CCPCJ is the principal policy making body of the United Nations in the field of crime prevention and criminal justice.

The UN Countering Terrorist Travel Programme and Human Rights

The UN Countering Terrorist Travel Programme (“CT Travel”), a global flagship initiative of the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT), implemented with the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate (CTED), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the United Nations Office of Information and Communication Technology (OICT), and the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL), assists Member States in building their capabilities to detect and counter terrorists and other serious criminals while protecting and promoting human rights. This is achieved through the collection and analysis of Advance Passenger Information (API) and Passenger Name Record (PNR) data, combined with the use of international databases, such as those of INTERPOL, to detect suspected and unknown terrorist individuals and serious criminals, and enhancing counter-terrorism information sharing among Member States, in accordance with Security Council resolutions 2178 (2014), 2396 (2017), and 2482 (2019).