The United Nations Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) & The Global Research Network
30 October 2018
About the Workshop
The Forum on Foreign Fighters is pleased to host a workshop for civil society in cooperation with the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED). The workshop, to be held on 30 October, will be dedicated to members of CTED’s Global Research Network (GRN) and civil society actors in recognition of their essential role in addressing the issue of returning foreign fighters. The workshop will explore concrete ways in which civil society, across regions and areas of expertise, can work with governments to protect vulnerable communities from terrorist groups.
Under resolution 1535 (2004), the Security Council established the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) to assist the work of the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC). CTED comprises some 40 staff members, about half of whom are legal experts who analyze the reports submitted by States in areas such as legislative drafting, the financing of terrorism, border and customs controls, police and law enforcement, refugee and migration law, arms trafficking and maritime and transportation security. CTED also has a senior human rights officer.
About the Global Research Network (GRN)
In an effort to enhance its analytical capacity and its engagement with the research community, the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) launched the Global Counter-Terrorism Research Network at United Nations Headquarters, New York, on 19 February 2015. The Network currently consists of over 90 leading think tanks and research institutions from Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, the Americas, and Oceania. Engagement through the Network enables CTED to enhance its analytical capacity and to cooperate closely with the global research community and research units of international, regional and sub-regional organizations, with the aim of supporting the Counter-Terrorism Committee’s efforts to promote Member States’ implementation of the relevant Council resolutions. It also supports the Committee and CTED to keep abreast of emerging terrorist trends and developments and identify current challenges, as well as effective approaches to addressing them.