Presentation of the Inter-American Committee against Terrorism at the UN CTC

The Organization of American States (OAS) presented the Inter-American Committee against Terrorism (CICTE) at the UN Security Council Counter Terrorism Committee open meeting on resolution 1373, which was held on 10 June.

The CICTE was created in 1999 by the OAS to promote national, regional and international cooperation to prevent, combat and eliminate terrorism in the Western Hemisphere. It became fully functional in 2002 with the establishment of the Secretariat. Since then, the counter terrorism architecture for the Western Hemisphere has rested on UNSCR 1373 and other resolutions, the universal legal instruments against terrorism, the Inter-American Convention against Terrorism, the CICTE Work Plan containing principles of cooperation and concrete counter terrorism measures approved by the OAS Member States—and the UN Global Strategy.

CICTE, through the Secretariat, provides capacity building training and technical assistance and promotes international cooperation. Its eight programs are organized in six main areas: border controls (which include maritime, aviation and travel document security and fraud prevention), financial controls, critical infrastructure protection (which includes cybersecurity), counter-terrorism legislative assistance, emerging threats and crisis management exercises, and policy development and coordination. A unique network of National Points of Contact from each country serves as the principal means to communicate with the Secretariat and with one another on technical issues, and to organize in-country training.

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