Partnership with United Nations System Entities
Working with the Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force
The Terrorism Prevention Branch (TPB) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has been actively contributing to the work of the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force (CTITF) ever since its establishment in 2005, thus ensuring that UNODC's counter-terrorism work is carried out in the broader context of and coordinated with United Nations system-wide efforts. Consisting of 31 international entities, CTITF is mandated to enhance coordination and coherence of the counter-terrorism efforts of the United Nations system.
The UNODC Terrorism Prevention Branch participates in the CTITF Working Groups on: Preventing and Responding to Weapons of Mass Destruction Terrorist Attacks, Supporting and Highlighting Victims of Terrorism, Countering the Use of the Internet for Terrorist Purposes, Protecting Human Rights While Countering Terrorism, Border Management Relating to Counter-Terrorism and is a co-chair of the Working Group on Tackling Financing of Terrorism.
As an active member of the CTITF Working Group on Countering the Use of the Internet for Terrorist Purposes, the Terrorism Prevention Branch developed a handbook on The Use of the Internet for Terrorist Purposes, launched on 22 October 2012. In addition, in 2011, the Terrorism Prevention Branch published an assistance tool on the Criminal Justice Response to Support Victims of Acts of Terrorism, aiming to complement efforts by the CTITF Working Group on Supporting and Highlighting Victims of Terrorism.
The TPB supports the efforts of CTITF to ensure integrated implementation of the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy, by participating in the Integrated Assistance for Countering Terrorism (I-ACT) Initiative. By facilitating the mapping of assistance activities and the identification of further assistance needs in requesting countries, the I-ACT serves as an important platform for the TPB to strengthen its existing capacity building engagement in the two countries that were selected as pilot for this initiative - Nigeria and Burkina Faso. The UNODC Terrorism Prevention Brans is one of the co-chairs of the I-ACT Initiative, together with the Executive Office of the Secretary General and the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED).
Working with the Counter-Terrorism Committee and its Executive Directorate
The Terrorism Prevention Branch (TPB) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) cooperates closely with the Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC) of the Security Council and its Executive Directorate (CTED). The Terrorism Prevention Branch of UNODC, as the key United Nations entity providing counter-terrorism legal technical assistance to Member States, complements and reinforces the policy, monitoring and facilitation work of the CTC and CTED.
In accordance with these distinct mandates, the TPB participates in CTC/CTED country visits, in accordance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 1535 (2004), and assists requesting Member States in compiling their national reports for submission to CTC. CTC/CTED, in turn, provides guidance on countries in need of assistance and participates in TPB's activities, providing briefings on the role of CTC and the priorities identified in United Nations Security Council Resolution 1373 (2001). In addition, UNODC TPB and CTED work together on several joint projects.