The United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) was established on 15 June 2017 through the adoption of a UN General Assembly Resolution. Mr. Vladimir Voronkov was appointed as its first Under-Secretary-General. The creation of the Office is considered the first major institutional reform undertaken by the UN Secretary-General António Guterres following his report on the Capability of the United Nations to assist the Member States in implementing the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy.
Across the globe, the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) leads and coordinates an all-of-UN approach to prevent and counter-terrorism and violent extremism. As the COVID-19 pandemic swept the world, UNOCT scaled up its efforts to help Member States achieve a world free from terrorism by adapting and innovating to meet this challenging moment. In the unprecedented 2020 environment, promoting multilateral cooperation remained at the centre of UNOCT’s work. UNOCT has Five main functions:
- Provide leadership on the General Assembly counter-terrorism mandates entrusted to the Secretary-General from across the UN system;
- Enhance coordination and coherence across the 38 Global Counter-Terrorism Compact entities to ensure the balanced implementation of the four pillars of the UN Global CT Strategy;
- Strengthen delivery of UN counter-terrorism capacity-building assistance to the Member States;
- Improve visibility, advocacy and resource mobilization for UN counter-terrorism efforts; and
- Ensure that due priority is given to counterterrorism across the UN system and that the important work on preventing violent extremism is firmly rooted in the Strategy