An Opportunity for Renewal: Revitalizing the United Nations Counterterrorism Program

Author : James Cockayne, Alistair Millar, and Jason Ipe
Date : September 2010

To help inform the UN General Assembly’s review of the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy and the Security Council’s comprehensive consideration of the mandate of the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), this report details an independent strategic assessment of UN counterterrorism efforts over the two years since the Strategy and CTED were last reviewed. The report is based on consultations with dozens of member state officials, UN officials, civil society representatives, and academic experts, as well as a two-day retreat for key stakeholders. It argues that the UN system should use the next year to visibly push the United Nations’ counterterrorism program out beyond UN headquarters in New York and Vienna and into the field, emphasize the preventive and holistic aspects of the United Nations’ vision of counterterrorism, provide a fresh start on human rights, and deepen UN partnerships with other stakeholders. It includes 25 recommendations for revitalizing the UN counterterrorism program leading up to the 10-year anniversaries of 9/11 and the adoption of Resolution 1373 and the five-year anniversary of the adoption of the Strategy.

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