(NEW YORK, 21 DECEMBER 2017) The Security Council today adopted resolution (UNSCR) 2395 (2017), which extends the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate’s (CTED) mandate by four years, until 31 December 2021. A Special Political Mission, CTED was first established by resolution 1535, in 2004, and was declared operational in December 2005. Its core function is to assist the Council’s Counter-Terrorism Committee and monitor, facilitate, and promote Member States’ implementation of resolutions 1373 (2001), 1624 (2005), 2178 (2014) and other relevant counter-terrorism resolutions.

“I welcome the Council’s adoption of this resolution, which provides a clear and enhanced mandate for the coming years. CTED is committed to continuing its efforts to prevent and address terrorism by delivering neutral, expert assessments of Member States’ effective implementation of the Security Council’s counter-terrorism resolutions,” CTED Executive Director Michèle Coninsx said.

The Security Council unanimously adopting resolution 2395 (2017).

The Security Council unanimously adopting resolution 2395 (2017).

UNSCR 2395 (2017) inter alia:

  • Reaffirms the overarching objective of the Counter-Terrorism Committee to ensure full implementation of resolution 1373 (2001) and the central role of CTED within the United Nations for assessment, analysis, and expertise in counter-terrorism matters;
  • Underscores that CTED’s assessments, and the analysis and recommendations from those assessments, are an invaluable aid to Member States in identifying and addressing gaps in implementation and capacity, and calls on the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT), all other relevant United Nations funds and programmes, Member States, donors, and recipients to use these expert assessments in their development of technical assistance and capacity-building projects;
  • Directs the Counter-Terrorism Committee, supported by CTED, to determine on an annual basis a list of Member States that CTED should visit (with the State’s consent) for the purpose of conducting assessments, and underscores that the composition of the list should take a risk-based approach that acknowledges existing gaps, emerging issues, trends, events, and analysis;
  • Directs CTED to report to the Counter-Terrorism Committee by 30 March 2018 on potential ways to strengthen the assessment process, including through considering targeted and focused follow-up visits as complements to CTED’s comprehensive assessments;
  • Requests the Counter-Terrorism Chair to invite assessed Member States to coordinate with CTED and UNOCT on the implementation of CTED recommendations, and for CTED to report within 12 months of the initial assessment report to the Counter-Terrorism Committee on steps taken to implement the assessment recommendations;
  • Reiterates the essential role of CTED within the United Nations to identify and assess issues, trends, and developments relating to the implementation of resolutions 1373 (2001), 1624 (2005), 2178 (2014) and other relevant resolutions;
  • Recognizes CTED’s relationships with relevant experts and practitioners in Member States, relevant international, regional, and subregional organizations, academia, think tanks, civil society, and the private sector;
  • Recognizes CTED’s work on countering the use of the Internet and social media in furtherance of terrorist purposes, while respecting human rights and fundamental freedoms;
  • Stresses that the heads of CTED and UNOCT should meet regularly to discuss areas of mutual interest and the incorporation of CTED recommendations and analysis into UNOCT’s work, particularly in the implementation of technical assistance and capacity-building.

The resolution also underlines the need for CTED to promote respect for human rights in countering terrorism, integrate the gender perspective into all its activities, address the impact of terrorism on children, counter financing of terrorism, and promote the balanced implementation of the four pillars of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy.


For additional information, please contact Mattias Sundholm, CTED, at this email address, or +1-917-628-3531.