As terrorist groups and their ever-evolving tactics become increasingly diffuse and creative, United Nations counter-terrorism bodies – including the Security Council’s committees established to counter the threat – must also remain flexible and adapt quickly. This was part of the shared message delivered by the Chairs of three Committees (1267, 1373, and 1540, respectively) on 3 October 2018, as they briefed the Security Council on their work.
“Not long ago, we were concerned with the flow of foreign terrorist fighters [FTFs] to the conflict zones of Iraq and Syria. Our concerns now include not only the activities of those FTFs who remain in the conflict zones, but also returning and relocating FTFs and their family members, and the potential risks posed by the forthcoming release of imprisoned FTFs and others convicted on terrorism-related charges,” said H.E. Gustavo Meza-Cuadra, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Peru to the United Nations and Chair of the Counter-Terrorism Committee, established pursuant to Security Council resolution 1373 (2001).
“Since our previous briefing, the Council […] adopted resolution 2395 (2017), which renews the mandate of [the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate] CTED and reaffirms its role as a special political mission, acting under the policy guidance of the Committee. […] CTED has reported to the Committee on ways to strengthen its assessment tools and improve the utility of its assessments to Member States, technical assistance providers, implementing partners, UNOCT, other relevant UN agencies, and international and regional organizations,” Ambassador Meza-Cuadra said. “Since the beginning of 2018, CTED has conducted 13 country assessment visits on the Committee’s behalf.”