On 28 September 2001, the Security Council adopted its resolution 1373 (2001), a landmark resolution that defined a broad counter-terrorism mandate for the international community and established the Counter-Terrorism Committee to monitor Member States' implementation of its provisions. This unanimous recognition by the Security Council of the severe threat posed by terrorism to international peace and security was a pivotal moment in the international community's counter-terrorism response to terrorism.
Although much has been accomplished in the area of countering and preventing terrorism, significant challenges and gaps remain. This special meeting will provide an opportunity to reflect on the work of the Committee and CTED over the last 20 years and to address the change and impact achieved through their committed efforts. It will facilitate indepth discussion of the successes achieved and challenges encountered by States in implementing resolution 1373 (2001) and subsequent resolutions, as well as their various good practices developed.