Acting on behalf of the Counter-Terrorism Committee, the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) conducted a follow-up assessment visit to the United Kingdom from 7 to 11 October 2019 to take stock of measures taken by the United Kingdom to implement recent Security Council resolutions on countering terrorism, including the foreign terrorist fighter (FTF) phenomenon. The delegation also met with local authorities and civil society organisations and implementing partners working on the delivery of the Prevent programme in communities.
The delegation was led by Assistant Secretary-General Michèle Coninsx, CTED Executive Director, and included CTED experts and representatives of other United Nations bodies and international specialized agencies.
The discussions focused on the United Kingdom’s National Counter-Terrorism Strategy (CONTEST), legislation, international cooperation in criminal matters, measures to counter terrorism financing, law enforcement and border control, countering violent extremism, and integrating human rights measures and the gender dimension into counter-terrorism measures. Discussions also included focus on emerging trends and dynamics, including the threat posed by extreme right wing terrorism, unmanned aerial systems and protection of soft targets. The United Kingdom also facilitated a number of round-table discussions with representatives of civil society organizations and research institutions.
The delegation was grateful for the constructive dialogue held with government officials and experts during the visit.