New CTED Executive Director Laborde addresses U.N. Security Council

Jean-Paul Laborde addressed the Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee on July 18, his first time speaking to the Committee as executive director of the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate.

"Terrorism is a permanent challenge in our world today: one that should be faced head on and that requires action on several fronts," Laborde said.

Laborde told the Committee that he and his team will work to enhance counter-terrorism practices and continue to strive for excellence. Thirty-one U.N. organizations currently partner together with the common goal of counter-terrorism, including the Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force and the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime.

"All of us will work together to combat terrorism in the spirit of One UN," Laborde said. "I will use my previous experience to reinforce coordination with our partners".

Laborde has served the U.N. for 18 years, holding multiple senior positions at the Department of Political Affairs, ONODC and CTITF. He was most recently Judge of the Criminal Chamber of the Supreme Judicial Court of France and served the French judiciary for more than 20 years.

Laborde said that quality and excellence will be at the core of the CTED with his leadership. The Security Council desires for each country to take responsibility for their own counter-terrorism measures, while also striving to create transnational and transregional plans for counter-terrorism across borders.