As threats to international peace and security become even more diffuse and complex in nature, there has been increased focus on prevention across a number of transnational security challenges, including terrorism. At the international level, the United Nations has stressed the value of developing and strengthening preventive approaches to countering terrorism; a point that has been reiterated by the Security Council through presidential statements, resolutions, and mandates.
CGCC and the Permanent Mission of Portugal to the United Nations cohosted a closed-door expert roundtable to explore the practical and operational ways in which the UN Security Council can contribute to UN efforts to prevent terrorism and violent extremism. Among the guests were current and incoming Security Council members as well as experts representing the Department of Political Affairs (DPA), Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) and the Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force (CTITF).
During the roundtable, which was a follow-up to a high-level policy discussion held in October 2011, participants considered what tools and mechanisms were necessary to enhance the capacities of Council members to assess and/or respond to imminent threats, including terrorism, and considered a range of practical tools that the Council could support going forward.