Countering the scourge of terrorism has been on the agenda of the United Nations for decades. Since the 1960s, the Organization has worked to bring the international community together to prevent and counter terrorism, notably developing the international counter-terrorism legal framework to help States combat the threat collectively.
In the aftermath of the 11 September 2001 attacks against the United States, the Security Council unanimously adopted resolution 1373 (2001), which charted the way forward in the fight against terrorism. The resolution established the Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC), which consists of all 15 members of the Security Council, to monitor the implementation of the provisions of resolution 1373 (2001) and other resolutions. The Committee is supported in its work by its Executive Directorate (CTED), which implements the Committee’s policy decisions and conducts expert assessments of Member States.
The Counter-Terrorism Committee has a global mandate and focuses on specific thematic areas, which are described in detail in the following pages.