On 13 December 2017, the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (OCT) hosted an open briefing to Member States on the Activities of the Counter Terrorism Implementation Task Force (CTITF). The purpose of the meeting was to enable representatives from the Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), INTERPOL, UNESCO, UNODC, UNDP, and the OCT to provide presentations on the work of the CTITF working groups to inform Member States of past achievements and future projects of their respective groups.CTED is Chair of the Border Management and Law Enforcement related to Counter-Terrorism Working Group, and co-Chair of the National and Regional Strategies Working Group, the Legal and Criminal Justice Working Group, the Strategic Communications Working Group, and the Interagency Working Group on Gender.Assistant Secretary-General and Executive Director of CTED Ms. Michèle Coninsx updated Member States on the role of CTED in the context of these CTITF working groups. She recognized that the CTITF working group model strategically aligns with the three primary areas of CTED’s work, i.e. monitoring and assessment of Member States’ implementation of relevant Council resolutions on terrorism; facilitating the delivery of technical assistance to Member States; and providing analysis and identification of challenges, gaps, and trends in the global terrorist threat, as well as promoting counter-terrorism practices that help ensure that CTED’s assessments and recommendations are effectively aligned with both the capacities and programmes of its implementing partners and with the needs of Member States.Ms. Coninsx also spoke of the strong, cooperative relationship CTED has developed with OCT, and reaffirmed the priority CTED attaches to this engagement: “CTED will continue to explore ways to further enhance our interaction and work hand-in-hand with OCT to address the global threat of terrorism,” she concluded.