Facilitation of Technical Assistance

Facilitation of Technical Assistance

The United Nations Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism, and the Office of Information and Communications Technology signed a Programme Action Plan during the first meeting of the Steering Committee about the Countering Terrorist Travel Programme. CTED/Vijai Singh

Facilitation of Technical Assistance


CTED supports the Counter-Terrorism Committee in facilitating technical assistance as per Security Council resolution 1377 (2001) adopted on 12 November 2001. This resolution provided political guidance to the CTC on how to facilitate technical assistance:

“[The Security Council] invites the Counter-Terrorism Committee to explore ways in which States can be assisted, and in particular to explore with international, regional and subregional organizations:
• the promotion of best-practice in the areas covered by resolution 1373 (2001),
including the preparation of model laws as appropriate,
• the availability of existing technical, financial, regulatory, legislative or other
assistance programmes which might facilitate the implementation of resolution
1373 (2001),
• the promotion of possible synergies between these assistance programmes,

As such, neither the Committee nor CTED are providers of technical assistance. Instead, they facilitate technical assistance by linking available technical assistance projects with the technical assistance needs identified by CTED on behalf of the Committee during assessment visits.

The Counter-Terrorism Committee facilitates the delivery of technical assistance to Member States by adopting recommendations based on the assessments of its Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) and instructing CTED to support Member States’ efforts to implement them. The Committee also disseminates good practices, such as the [Madrid Guiding Principles and Addendum] intended to provide Member States with practical guidance on implementing relevant Security Council resolutions within the framework of resolution 1373 (2001) and other relevant resolutions. 

At the behest of Member States, the Committee, through CTED, works with Governmental, multilateral and civil society donors and providers of technical assistance, including OCT and UNODC, to build practical and sustainable results-oriented efforts. CTED’s collaboration with multiple implementation partners works as a force multiplier in improving the capacity of Member States to counter terrorism and violent extremism, as well as strengthening the habits of cooperation to face complex global and regional challenges.

CTED uses its strong networks of counter-terrorism and criminal justice practitioners to build innovative global and regional initiatives, at the behest of the Committee, which serve as laboratories for generating and testing new solutions to complex problems, many of which inform the core work of the Committee, other United Nations entities and implementing partners in a wide range of fields, including countering the financing of terrorism, the adjudication of complex terrorism cases, the use of digital evidence in criminal justice cases and the use of biometrics in border management, all within a human rights and gender sensitive framework. These efforts promote and improve the delivery of technical assistance on to counter terrorism and violent extremism. 

Recently, pursuant to resolution 2396 (2017), the Counter-Terrorism Committee, with the support of CTED, reviewed its guidance on the threat of foreign terrorist fighters, in order to identify new good practices and to facilitate technical assistance, specifically by promoting engagement between providers of capacity-building assistance and recipients, especially those in the most affected regions.

CTC policy guidance on technical assistance.


Counter Terrorism Coordination Platform


The United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) and the Office of Information and Communication Technology (OICT), have developed the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Coordination Platform, as a user-friendly, password-protected, digital gateway for:  

  • Efficient and inclusive coordination and partnerships within the UN system and with Member States.  
  • Joint, multi-stakeholder planning and collaboration among the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Coordination Compact entities.  
  • One-stop-shop to enhance the visibility of UN efforts and for restricted sharing of information.  

  Access to the Platform is restricted to designated focal points from Member States and Counter-Terrorism Compact entities.  


 To support UN capacity-building activities, CTED has shared all prioritized technical assistance needs from 2016 to 2020 with the Global Counter-Terrorism Coordination Platform, the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism and other entities.  


Deep Dives


Deep-dives form part of a series of assessments that CTED is leading under the UN Countering Terrorist Travel Programme; a global “All-of-UN” initiative spearheaded by the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism in partnership with the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the UN Office of Information and Communication Technology (OICT) and the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL). 

Since becoming a partner of the Programme, CTED has led eight “All-of-UN” deep-dive assessment missions. Following each deep-dive, CTED, in co-operation with the Programme partners, uses the findings from the mission to develop a national API and PNR implementation “Roadmap” for the Member State, which is a single document that sets out all steps needed to implement API and PNR accompanied by tailored recommendations on how the State can implement each of these steps in full compliance with the requirements and objectives of Security Council resolutions 2178 (2014), 2396 (2017), 2482 (2019) and other relevant international standards and obligations. The “Roadmap” also sets out specific areas of technical assistance that can be provided to the Member State by the programme.