The CICTE Secretariat provides technical assistance and capacity building to Member States to help them ratify and implement into national legislation the international legal instruments against terrorism—including UN Security Council Resolution 1373 (2001), the Inter-American Convention against Terrorism (IACAT), and the 18 universal legal instruments—as well as other relevant international standards such as the Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) new 40 Recommendations on Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing.
Activities are implemented through the two sub-programs: Legislative Assistance and Assistance to Combat Terrorism Financing. Legislative Assistance encompasses three main sets of activities: The first is legislative technical assistance missions -- consultations with senior officials of the three powers of the State and national workshops with legislation drafters; 2) specialized in-country training for prosecutors, judges, and law enforcement officials; and 3) regional or sub-regional activities (e.g., training courses or Ministerial Conferences). Assistance to Combat Terrorism Financing is provided through specialized training and workshops at the national or sub-regional level. Both sub-programs consistently relate to one another, as terrorism financing issues are dealt with under the Legislative Assistance sub-program, and vice-versa.
CICTE’s activities in this program are implemented primarily through a partnership with the Terrorism Prevention Branch of the UN Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC/TPB) and with the Anti-Money Laundering Unit of the Inter-American Commission on Drug Abuse Control (OAS/SMS/CICAD).
Additionally, in March 2010 a strategic working group - MECOOR, the acronym for “Mesa de Coordinación” in Spanish—was formed between the CICTE Secretariat, the Executive Directorate of the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Committee (UNCTED), the UNODC/TPB, the South America Financial Action Task Force (GAFISUD), and OAS/SMS/CICAD, to strengthen coordination, find synergies, and develop capacity building projects in the Hemisphere to prevent and fight terrorism and its financing. In 2011 and 2012 a specific MECOOR project was successfully implemented with funding from the United States Government. A new MECOOR project is expected to be developed in 2013.
Finally, the CICTE Secretariat maintains active contact with other key international actors in this field. In this regard, a strategic partnership developed with the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (DHS/ICE) should be highlighted as a very successful project on bulk currency smuggling, money laundering, and counter-terrorism financing has been on-going since 2010.