United States Hosts Experts Meetings on the Margins of the UN High-Level Conference of Counterterrorism Agencies

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
June 27, 2018


This week, the United States will co-host three side events on the margins of the UN General Assembly biennial review of the UN Global Counterterrorism Strategy and the High-Level Conference of Heads of Counterterrorism Agencies of Member States that follows it.

These events, which will take place on June 27-28, will focus on implementation of UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 2396 on combatting terrorist travel, as well as criminal justice measures to counter ISIS, al-Qaida, and other terrorist organizations. Co-hosted with UN Member States, UN entities, and civil society groups, these events will bring together government officials, technical experts, multilateral partners, civil society representatives, and other stakeholders.

On June 28, “Disrupting Terrorist Travel: Implementation of Passenger Name Record (PNR) and Advance Passenger Information (API) Requirements of UNSCR 2396” will focus on how airline reservation data can help authorities detect and thwart the travel of known and suspected terrorists. This event, co-hosted with the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and the UN Security Council’s Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), will facilitate a discussion of legal frameworks, effective policies, best practices, and challenges in developing and implementing these requirements.

The June 27 event, “Lawful Access to Digital Data Across Borders and Database of CT Competent National Authorities,” will address a project on international cooperation to obtain digital evidence needed to successfully investigate and prosecute terrorist offenses and other crimes. This event will present the project’s preliminary findings and upcoming capacity-building activities. It was organized in cooperation with CTED, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, and the International Association of Prosecutors.

On June 28, the United States will host a side event on the “Rehabilitation and Reintegration of Foreign Terrorist Fighters and Violent Extremist Offenders.” Co-sponsors include Carefronting-Nigeria, the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism-The Hague, the Permanent Mission of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to the United Nations, and the UN Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute.