IIJ presents the Global Central Authorities Initiative at UNSC CTC Technical Consultations and Special Meeting on Resolution 2322
On 20-21 June, the IIJ briefed the United Nations Security Council’s Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC) on the IIJ’s Global Central Authorities Initiative (GCAI), which involves a series of four capacity-building workshops in the Sahel-Maghreb, Southeast Asia, Horn of Africa, and South Asia regions to strengthen central authorities and the central role they play in facilitating cooperation in counterterrorism cases. The briefing was delivered during the CTC’s Technical Consultations and Special Meeting on “International Judicial and Law Enforcement Cooperation in Counter-Terrorism Matters pursuant to Security Council Resolution 2322 and Other Relevant Council resolutions” at UN Headquarters in New York.
Resolution 2322, adopted in December 2016, seeks to enhance international judicial and law enforcement cooperation in order to strengthen the international response to terrorism, and sets forth new requirements for promoting cooperation at the global, regional, subregional, and cross-regional levels. The objective of the technical consultations was to review the current status of international judicial and law enforcement cooperation, to identify relevant good practices, and to discuss opportunities for, and obstacles to, enhanced cooperation. The technical consultations culminated in a Special Meeting, which addressed a number of overarching themes, including the importance of cross-regional cooperation.
The IIJ’s briefing focused on how its Global Central Authorities Initiative actively supports the implementation of Resolution 2322 by promoting capacity-building for international cooperation across four key regions, as well as developing a set of internationally-recognized good practices for building effective central authorities. In addition to supporting implementation of Resolution 2322, these good practices will further elucidate Good Practice No. 9 of the Global Counterterrorism Forum’s (GCTF’s) Rabat Memorandum of Good Practices for Effective Counterterrorism Practice in the Criminal Justice Sector, which promotes good practices and procedures to encourage international cooperation in counterterrorism matters. The first IIJ regional workshop under the Global Central Authorities Initiative was held in Malta in March 2016, and the second, focused on the Southeast Asia region, was held in Jakarta in May 2017. A further two IIJ regional workshops in the Horn of Africa and South Asia regions will be held in the second half of 2017.