December 2006 Monthly Forecast

THE SECURITY COUNCIL

CTED Review

The Security Council established the Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate (CTED) in resolution 1535 to enhance the Counter-Terrorism Committee’s (CTC) ability to monitor the implementation of resolution 1373, which imposed obligations on all states to combat international terrorism. The CTED was set up as “a special political mission, under the policy guidance of the Plenary (the CTC)”, emphasising that the CTC had the sole responsibility for providing policy guidance.

Partly in response to concerns of member states that the Council was imposing a subsidiary body on the UN with unprecedented responsibility, the CTED was established for an initial period ending 31 December 2007 with the Council to conduct a comprehensive review by December 2005.  However, in light of the extended delays between the adoption of resolution 1535 in March 2004  and the CTED becoming operational only on 15 December 2005, the review was reset to take place before 31 December 2006.

The Council highlighted the following areas in which the CTED would provide support to the CTC:

In  resolution 1566, the Council also asked that the CTC, in consultation with relevant international, regional and sub-regional organisations and other UN bodies, develop a set of best practices to assist states in implementing the provisions of resolution 1373.  Also, the Council assigned the CTC responsibility to monitor implementation of resolution 1624 dealing with the prohibition of incitement to terrorism.

In its preliminary report to the Council in December 2005, the CTC relied on the original goals set for the CTED to establish the benchmarks and criteria for the December 2006 review.  

These required the CTED  to develop and follow specific plans approved by the CTC for implementing its policy guidance, including targets for achieving specific goals within an appropriate timeframe. 

However, the review in December will be measured against the following criteria, in line with the priority areas established by the CTC.

The CTC will also take into account the extent to which the CTED’s support to it must provide the foundation for it to take decisions that lead to the most efficient and effective steps to further implement resolution 1373.

The 2006 review of the CTED is not expected to have an immediate impact on its future. However, it will provide an indication to the Council and the wider UN community on whether the CTED is meeting the original expectations of providing effective support for the work of the CTC in its central role in the UN in combating terrorism.  Effective implementation by the CTC of its two primary responsibilities—monitoring implementation of resolution 1373 and other related resolutions and facilitating capacity-building assistance—are the benchmarks by which the CTED’s role will be measured.  The review should offer the Council the opportunity to carry out any course correction considered necessary to enhance the CTED’s structural and operational capability.  It should also provide the UN community as a whole an opportunity to provide feedback as to whether the CTED is meeting expectations.

Selected UN Documents

 Security Council Resolutions
  • S/RES/1624 (14 September 2005) established the prohibition of incitement to terrorism.
  • S/RES/1566 (8 October 2004) asked the CTC to develop best practices for implementing resolution 1373.
  • S/RES/1535 (26 March 2004) adopted the CTC revitalisation plan and established the CTED.
  • S/RES/1373 (28 September 2001) imposed obligations on all states to combat international terrorism and established the CTC to monitor implementation of the resolution.
 Selected Presidential Statement
  • S/PRST/2005/64 (21 December 2005) reset the comprehensive review of the CTED to December 2006 and accepted the CTC’s benchmarks for the review.
 Selected Reports
  • S/2005/800 (15 December 2005) was the preliminary report of the CTC for the review of the CTED.
  • S/2004/124 (19 February 2004) was the report of the CTC on its revitalisation plan and setting out the goals for the CTED.
 Selected General Assembly Documents
  • A/60/825 (27 April 2006) was the Secretary-General’s report Uniting Against Terrorism: Recommendations for Global Counterterrorism

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