Since 2001, the global terrorist threat has continued to evolve significantly. New terrorist groups have emerged, including Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and its affiliates. The world witnessed their increased ability to expand their networks on the ground and online, their considerable financial capacities, their use of sophisticated methods for recruitment, financing and planning and their ability to adapt to national and international counter-terrorism mechanisms.
The meeting constituted an opportunity to assess the progress made in creating the necessary legal and institutional frameworks related to the prevention and countering of terrorism and violent extremism conducive to terrorism and to highlight possible existing gaps and challenges in terms of international cooperation. The meeting also contributed to identifying emerging trends and to laying the groundwork for common priorities that would shape future multilateral action.
The briefing was held at the ministerial level and chaired by the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Tunisia.
The briefers included:
– The Under-Secretary-General of the Office of Counter-Terrorism;
– The Assistant Secretary-General and Executive Director of the CounterTerrorism Committee Executive Directorate.
A view of the destruction of the World Trade Center site, “Ground Zero”, resulting from terrorists attacks on New York City on September 11th , and which Secretary-General Kofi Annan visited a week later on September 18th.
UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe