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CTED publishes third paper about COVID-19 and counter-terrorism

According to a new report by the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), entities involved in counter-terrorism and countering violent extremism (CVE) efforts across the world share significant concerns relating to the impacts of COVID-19 and responses to it, with more than two-thirds of respondents believing that COVID-19 has made counter-terrorism and CVE more challenging. The report, “The impacts of the pandemic on terrorism, counter-terrorism and countering violent extremism,” also identified potential long-term impacts and emphasized the importance of human rights and continued resourcing for projects and programmes moving forward.

    Assessments

Electronic Detailed Implementation Survey

CTED’s new and improved assessment tools & processes include the cloud-based CTED assessment and analysis portal, launched in January 2021, which reflects the new mandates conferred upon CTED by relevant resolutions, is user-friendly, and makes the most effective possible use of qualitative

Global Implementation Surveys

Regarded as the most comprehensive analytical documents on counter-terrorism in the UN system, the Global Implementation Surveys (GIS) of Member States’ implementation of Council resolutions 1373 (2001), 1624 (2005) and 2178 (2014) consider where progress has been made and where gaps remain, and

CTC Visit Framework

The visits to Member States conducted by the Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolution 1373 (2001) concerning counter-terrorism (Counter-Terrorism Committee) are recognized, in the report of the Committee on its revitalization (S/2004/124) and in Council resolutions 1535 (2004

    What We Do

Foreign Terrorist Fighters

On 24 September 2014, at a historic meeting held at the level of Heads of State or Government, the Security Council unanimously adopted resolution 2178 (2014) to address the acute threat posed by (FTFs). 

Information and Communications Technologies

In 2014, Member States faced an acute and growing threat posed by the significant flow of foreign terrorist fighters (FTFs)1 to the conflict zones of the Middle East. That threat was exacerbated by a marked increase in online radicalization and recruitment.

Countering Violent Extremism and Terrorist Narratives

The Security Council recognizes that acts of terrorism and violent extremism cannot be prevented or countered through repressive measures alone and has consistently emphasized the need for a comprehensive, whole-of-society, human rights compliant and gender-sensitive approach. 

Legal Issues

The adoption of Security Council resolution 1373 (2001) introduced a significant new dimension to international counter-terrorism law by requiring all Member States to criminalize various acts associated with terrorism. 

Law enforcement

Member States’ law enforcement agencies must constantly adapt to a global terrorist threat that has evolved significantly over the past decade, both in scale and complexity.

Countering the financing of terrorism

Terrorists require money to operate. Without funding, they cannot purchase weapons, equipment, supplies, or services. The source of terrorist funds may be licit or illicit, and funding often takes the form of multiple small donations, rather than one large sum of money.

Integrating gender into counter-terrorism

The Security Council, the Counter-Terrorism Committee, and the Committee’s Executive Directorate (CTED) have actively promoted the integration of the agendas on Women, Peace and Security (WPS), counter-terrorism and countering violent extremism (CVE).

Human Rights

Terrorism poses a serious threat, not only to international peace and security, but also to the enjoyment of human rights and social and economic development.

Border security and arms trafficking

Effective border security and timely information-sharing at the national, regional and international level are key to the effective implementation of counter-terrorism measures pursuant to Security Council resolution 1373 (2001) and other relevant Council resolutions.

CTC’s 20th anniversary

CTC’s 20th anniversary

2021 marks the 20th anniversary of Security Council resolution 1373 which was unanimously adopted on 28 September 2001, in the wake of the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001. This landmark document established the basis of the Security Council’s future response to the terrorist threat. Resolution 1373 (2001) also established the Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC) as a subsidiary body of the Council, mandated to assess Member States’ compliance with the resolution’s provisions. Click here for more information.

Update on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on terrorism, counter-terrorism and countering violent extremism

A new CTED report combines dialogue with Member States and data collected by CTED through a survey of its partners, aimed at gathering their views on the potential long-term impacts of the pandemic. The survey was sent to a selection of United Nations agencies and offices, civil society organizations, member entities of the CTED Global Research Network, and private-sector organizations.