Helping Others To Build Counter - Terrorism Capacity

Since September 11th, 2001, Canada has made great efforts to increase our domestic capacity to prevent and respond to terrorist infiltration and attack. Strengthening our domestic response is a priority, yet our security is inextricably linked to that of other states. If they lack resources or experts to prevent and respond to terrorists, then Canadians and Canadian interests are at risk at home and abroad.

Counter-Terrorism Capacity Building (CTCB) assistance provides training, funding, equipment, technical and legal assistance to other states to enable them to prevent and respond to terrorist activity, within international counter-terrorism and human rights norms, standards and obligations.

The UN Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC), leads efforts to ensure that states implement UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1373. The UN CTC determines what constitutes Helping Others To Build Counter-Terrorism Capacity. The CTC also promotes coordination between international organizations that give such assistance and determine countrys' needs. Canada assists other states with counter-terrorism capacity building under UN Security Council Resolution 1456, which says, "States should assist each other to improve their capacity to prevent and fight terrorism, and notes that such co-operation will help facilitate the full and timely implementation of resolution 1373..."

Helping Others To Build Counter-Terrorism Capacity is also a priority for the G8, the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), the Commonwealth, the Organization of American States (OAS), and other bodies of which Canada is a member. New standards and regulations, such as those stemming from UNSCR 1373 and functional organizations such as the International Maritime Organization, the International Civil Aviation Organization and the World Customs Organization create obligations for developing states that do not always have resources and expertise to respond. As a result, Canada receives an increasing number of requests to assist. We are committed to assisting others in ways that advance Canadian values such as respect for human rights and the rule of law.

More about CTCB

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