The Chair of the UN Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC) held a Special Meeting to review the 2015 Madrid Guiding Principles, which consist of 35 recommendations on stemming the flow of foreign terrorist fighters (S/2015/939). With the adoption of Resolution 2396, the Security Council identified a range of issues resulting from the anticipated return and relocation of foreign fighters and their families, and requested the CTC, with the support of the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), to review the 2015 Madrid Guiding Principles in light of this evolving threat.

The Special Meeting offered an opportunity for international organizations, government representatives, and non-governmental stakeholders to provide input. In his remarks, Eelco Kessels, executive director, focused on the role of civil society in supporting the effective implementation of these principles. They build on recommendations that resulted from an interactive briefing for civil society organizations, academics, and other non-governmental actors on the Madrid Guiding Principles review process, organized by the Global Center and CTED on 19 November 2018. Read Mr. Kessels full remarks here; a video recording of the statement is also available.

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