Working with the Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force
Established by the Secretary-General in June 2005, the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force (CTITF) is a coordinating and information-sharing body of an advisory nature and it serves as a forum to discuss strategic issues and develop policy recommendations. Chaired by the Office of the Secretary-General, it brings together 31 key actors of the UN system and its partners that can contribute to an effective coordinated fight against terrorism.
UNODC, as a key UN entity for delivering counter-terrorism legal and related technical assistance, actively participates in the Task Force, thus ensuring that UNODC's counter-terrorism work is carried out in the broader context of and coordinated with UN system-wide efforts.
The Terrorism Prevention Branch of UNODC participates in the CTITF Working Groups on: Preventing and Responding to WMD Terrorist Attacks, Tackling Financing of Terrorism, Supporting and Highlighting Victims of Terrorism, Preventing and Resolving Conflict, Countering the Use of the Internet for Terrorist Purposes, Protecting Human Rights While Countering Terrorism, and the Working Group on Border Management Relating to Counter-Terrorism.
As an active member of the CTITF working group on Countering the Use of the Internet for Terrorist Purposes, the UNODC spearheaded the development of a study on The Use of the Internet for Terrorist Purposes. launched on 22 October 2012. In 2011, the UNODC published an assistance tool on the Criminal Justice Response to Supports Victims of Acts of Terrorism, aiming to complement efforts by the CTITF working group on this issue. Additionally, the UNODC is co-chairing the working group tackling the financing of terrorism and it is a co-chair of the Integrated Assistance for Countering terrorism Information System (I-ACT).
The I-ACT initiative aims to develop a mechanism through which Member States can address their requests for assistance directly to the UN via one entry point and receive the required tailored assistance in support of all four pillars of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy. Nigeria and Burkina Faso were selected as pilot countries for this initiative. With the support of the new UN Center for Counter-Terrorism , established under the CTITF umbrella, the UNODC will be able to continue and strengthen its previous capacity building engagement in both countries with a view to effectively implementing the initiative.