On 1 February 2018, the United Nations Secretary-General and 36 UN entities, including the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT), as well as INTERPOL and the World Customs Organization, agreed to a Global Counter-Terrorism Coordination Compact. Adding transparency to the UN’s work in the area of counter-terrorism, the Compact will support the implementation of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy, involve UN Country Teams in counter-terrorism activities, help share relevant capacity-building and coordination and coherence related information with the Compact’s members, develop mutually reinforcing capacity-building projects, and establish a joint resource mobilization and outreach strategy with donors.
Of a non-binding nature, the Compact emphasizes evidence-based programming, the establishment of a mechanism for monitoring and evaluation of programmes, and an increased focus on capacity-building and technical assistance. The Compact specifically stresses UN Security Council resolution 2395 (2017), calling on UNOCT, all other relevant UN funds and programmes, Member States, donors as well as recipients, to make full use of CTED’s expert assessments in technical assistance and capacity-building efforts. The Global Compact Coordination Committee will be chaired by the Under-Secretary-General for Counter-Terrorism. CTED will have a seat on the Coordination Committee.
Following a decision in a meeting of the Executive Committee, UN Secretary-General António Guterres signed the Global Counter-Terrorism Coordination Compact on 23 February 2018. Heads of numerous United Nations entities present in New York, including Assistant Secretary-General and Executive Director of CTED Michèle Coninsx, will shortly add their signatures to the Compact.