U.N. Security Council extends CTED mandate four years

The United Nations Security Council announced on Tuesday that it decided to lengthen the mandate of the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate, a special U.N. political mission, for an additional four years.

The Security Council unanimously decided to extend the work of the CTED until December 31, 2017. The CTED provides expertise to the Counter-Terrorism Committee to help counsel Member States on terrorism prevention and what to do in the event of a terrorist attack.

The CTED was established by the Council following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States. It was formed by resolution 1373, which advises all States to take action against terrorism by denying assistance and support to all terrorist-associated infrastructures and organizations.

The Council said the CTED is essential to the role of the U.N. in helping enforce and implement resolutions 1373 and 1624, which calls for the prohibition of terrorist acts and improved border control, international cooperation, dialogue and understanding among all people.

The CTED is in charge of regulating emerging issues regarding both resolutions 1373 and 1624. It offers advice to the Committee with regard to the U.N. Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy with real-world application methods to make implementation for Member States simple and relevant.

The U.N. Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy was established in 2006 and focuses on both the prevention of and appropriate response to terrorism in respect of human rights.