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Counter-Terrorism: Quick Guide

United Nations Counter-Terrorism Committee


The Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC) was established by Security Council resolution 1373 (2001), which was adopted unanimously on 28 September 2001 in the wake of the 11 September terrorist attacks in the United States.

Committee's Publications

Counter-Terrorism Strategy

The United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy was adopted by General Assembly resolution 60/288 in 2006, and states that terrorism "constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security". 

The Strategy is a unique instrument to enhance the efforts of the international community to counter terrorism along four pillars:

  1. Addressing conditions conducive to the spread of terrorism;
  2. Preventing and combatting terrorism;
  3. Building Member States’ capacity to prevent and combat terrorism and to strengthen the role of the United Nations system in this regard;
  4. Ensuring the respect for human rights for all and the rule of law as the fundamental basis for countering terrorism.

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Access to electronic Resources

Books and articles can be accessed online within the UN Headquarters. Articles can be delivered to permanent mission by e-mail upon request.



Counter-Terrorism Think Tanks & Research Centres

In the following list we present a collection of  organizations, institutes, programmes and projects that seek to expand the research community’s collective knowledge of terrorism, counterterrorism, political violence, radicalisation and asymmetric conflict.