The Permanent Mission of Italy hosted a closed-door, expert roundtable on the role of the UN Security Council and its Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC) in supporting the implementation of Security Council Resolution 2178 (2014) and addressing the challenges posed by returning foreign terrorist fighters (FTFs). The meeting was co-organized by the Global Center and is part of a series of events that it has organized with and for Security Council Members on important themes facing the Council and the UN as a whole. Among the guests were representatives from current Security Council Members as well as experts representing the UN Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate, the Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force, the Department of Peacekeeping Operations, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the Violence Prevention Network Germany.
During the roundtable, participants considered what role the Security Council and its CTC, in cooperation with other UN entities, member states, and international organizations and forums, can play in supporting the implementation of Resolution 2178 (2014) and the challenge of returning FTFs in a manner that conforms with international norms, laws, and guidance. Participants explored successes and difficulties relating to the prosecution, detention, rehabilitation, and reintegration of returning FTFs, and how the Council can further support Member States to comply with the Resolution’s provisions.