Adopted by consensus in the General Assembly in September 2006, the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism represents a comprehensive approach to countering terrorism through its four pillars: tackling conditions conducive to the spread of terrorism; preventing and combating terrorism; building national capacities to prevent and counter terrorism; and ensuring respect for human rights and the rule of law while countering terrorism. The review process focuses international attention on the work of the United Nations and member states in addressing the threat of terrorism, while also highlighting challenges and opportunities in implementing counterterrorism programs and activities in the current international security landscape.
Following past practice, a number of side events and meetings were organized around the review by UN counterterrorism bodies (the Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force [CTITF] and the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate [CTED]), member states, and civil society organizations to highlight some of the more critical issues addressed in the Strategy. The Global Center organized and participated in a number of these events, including:
10 June 2014, Side Event on Criminal Justice Systems – Counter-Terrorism Capacity Building (jointly hosted by the Government of Pakistan, CTED, and CTITF): Alistair Millar, the Global Center’s Executive Director, served as a panelist on the subject of “capacity building associated with investigating terrorism cases.”
11 June 2014, Report Launch of Blue Sky II: Progress and Opportunities in Implementing the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy (organized by the Permanent Missions of Norway and Switzerland and the Global Center): The report, produced by the Global Center, reflects on the United Nations' performance on counterterrorism issues and in particular, developments since the 2012 review. It offers a set of practical recommendations feasible within the existing framework and explores ways of meeting member state demands for a more substantive and effective process.
12 June 2014, Lunch Briefing on Countering Violent Extremism and Promoting Community Engagement in West Africa and the Sahel (organized by the Permanent Missions of Burkina Faso and Denmark and the Global Center): The event offered an opportunity to reflect on progress made in implementing the recommendations laid out in a July 2013 Action Agenda on "Countering Violent Extremism and Promoting Community Engagement in West Africa and the Sahel.” The Action Agenda is an output of an April 2013 symposium held in Ouagadougou and hosted by the governments of Burkina Faso and Denmark, under the auspices of the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF), and convened by the Global Center. The event also explored current and potential programming in the region undertaken by local, national, regional, and international actors. Background Note (French Version)
12 June 2014, Evening Reception to mark the 2014 Review of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy (hosted by the Global Center on Cooperative Security)