Border Security Initiative

In light of the unique challenges posed by porous borders, states recognize the importance of securing these borders the need for cross-border cooperation that allows inter-agency and neighboring border security agencies and border communities to collaborate with one another in a holistic way. A multilateral, coordinated approach to border management is integral to addressing the myriad of threats and challenges each state faces individually.

To address these challenges, jointly with the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre (UNCCT) and the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF), established the Border Security Initiative (BSI), co-led by the United States and Morocco. The Good Practices in the Area of Border Security and Management in the Context of Counterterrorism and Stemming the Flow of Foreign Terrorist Fighters were adopted at the Seventh Ministerial Plenary Meeting in New York in September 2016

These good practices are intended to inform and guide governments as they develop policies, programs, and approaches for effective BSM, cross-border cooperation, and border surveillance in a counterterrorism context. They can also be used to shape bilateral or multilateral technical or other capacity-building assistance provide in these areas.

Border Security Initiative Training of Trainers (ToT) Curriculum

To support the development of training courses that address the Good Practices in the Area of Border Security and Management to Counter Terrorism and Stem the Flow of Foreign Terrorist Fighters, a Training of Trainers (ToT) Curriculum was developed in collaboration with the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre (UNCCT). The document will help GCTF Members to build capacity to better secure their borders. The curriculum serves as a guideline to train border security officials to in turn train other border officers within the respective national border law enforcement agencies.