Terrorism and violent extremism are severe and evolving threats to international peace, security, human rights, and sustainable development, inflicting unimaginable suffering on victims, families, and communities.
While the magnitude and complexity of the challenges facing States and others in their efforts to combat terrorism can be significant, ensuring that all national counter-terrorism measures are grounded in legal and human rights norms is essential to uphold both the credibility and legitimacy of public authorities and to prevent further radicalisation to violence.
The Terrorism Prevention Branch (TPB) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) supports Member States to prevent and counter terrorism through inclusive strategies, policies, and legal means, with a focus on the safety and protection of people.
In furtherance of the UN Secretary General’s "Our Common Agenda", TPB promotes a strengthened social contract between Governments and their people anchored in human rights, and supporting core principles such as solidarity, accountability and equality.
We apply these core principles through our commitment to leave no one behind, and our aim to reduce the inequalities that make people more vulnerable to terrorism and its effects.The Branch integrates preventative measures as main change-enablers and focuses on empowering individuals and communities to lead fulfilling lives free from terrorism. This includes ensuring both the active and equal participation of women and girls and youth engagement in preventing and countering terrorism.
UNODC delivers tailor-made technical assistance through mentoring and training activities built in close consultation with the recipient country and other partner entities. The Terrorism Prevention Branch works with criminal justice officials involved in the investigation, prosecution and adjudication of terrorism cases to strengthen their capacity to implement counter-terrorism legislation.
We develop tailor-made capacity-building resources, including policy guidance, and training materials that can be used depending on the specific needs and requirements of the requesting State. We also maintain online databases of legislation and case law, deliver online training courses on criminal justice responses to terrorism. More >
A key to the successful implementation of this Programme is the expanded use of and promotion of effective public, public-private and civil society partnerships. ... more