The Counter Terrorism-Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) – together with UNODC, UNDP, and IOM – joined forces with the African Union (AU) and the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC) to facilitate a regional conference on the theme “Towards a regional strategy for the screening, prosecution, rehabilitation, and reintegration of Boko Haram-associated persons in the Lake Chad Basin countries.”
Held from 10 to 13 April 2018 in N’Djamena, Chad, the conference brought together more than 120 participants, including senior government officials of Chad, Cameroon, Niger, and Nigeria (Lake Chad Basin States), Benin, and the Central African Republic; representatives of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), the Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS), the LCBC, the Multinational Joint Task Force, and the AU; and international and regional experts, including from Colombia, Kenya, Somalia, and Uganda.
CTED took the lead in setting out the international counter-terrorism framework and the relevance of Security Council requirements to the region. The Executive Directorate drew on long-standing national-level engagement in the Lake Chad Basin, particularly in Nigeria, undertaken with UNODC, as well as addressed priority needs first articulated at the regional level during a joint high-level visit of CTED’s Executive Director with the SRSGs for UNOWAS and the United Nations Office on Central Africa to Cameroon, Chad, Niger, and Nigeria in February 2017.
The conference also helped to further elaborate a regional stabilization strategy for the Lake Chad Basin. The drafting of this strategy is in process under the leadership of the AU and the LCBC, and is expected to be finalized and validated by the end of June 2018. The April event marked a conceptual shift in thinking from a traditional disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration (DDR) approach to applying the requirements contained in Security Council resolutions 2178 (2014), 2349 (2017), and 2396 (2017).
CTED will continue to partner with the AU, the LCBC, and other UN entities to develop common elements for a regional approach to screen, prosecute, rehabilitate, and reintegrate persons associated with Boko Haram, as well as engage directly with Lake Chad Basin States on these challenges.