Counter-Terrorism Preparedness Network (CTPN)


The CTPN, of which Barcelona City Council is a member, is an international collaboration network focused on studying the actions of cities that have suffered a terrorist attack. The aim is to combat these bad experiences and gain the capacity to foresee and react to such situations.

To this end, it provides a platform shared between member cities where a number of strategic leaders, experts and academics can exchange knowledge and information, both theoretical and practical, so that the cities and their communities can be better prepared for combating terrorism.

1. History of the network

The CTPN was first conceptualised in 2017, following a strategic coordination summit in London centred on terrorism and the experiences of the Paris attacks in 2015. This led to a series of recommendations, including the need to continue with shared learning between European and international agencies, through the creation of multi-city partnerships.

Aligned with local, national and international strategies, the CTPN was officially established in June 2018.

2. Members

The CTPN is currently composed of:

  • 6 member cities: Barcelona, Manchester, London, Paris, Rotterdam and Stockholm
  • 12 strategic leaders
  • 7 academic members
  • 7 independent experts

The network prioritises the membership of European and North American cities, but is also open to others that share a common interest in their agenda for tackling terrorism.

3. Goals

The CTPN aims to influence strategic agreements between member cities so that they can make preparations to tackle terrorism and respond and recover more quickly in the event of a terrorist attack.

To achieve its stated aims, the following objectives have been identified:

  • To develop and maintain a secure and constructive platform where member cities can share their experiences.
  • To exchange lessons learned, best practices and materials for strengthening the cities’ resilience to terrorism.
  • To influence and inform member cities regarding the activities, agreements and policies established by the CTPN.
  • To support the recommendations agreed upon, and supervise their subsequent impact.
  • To review the CTPN network’s reports in order to learn from them, drawing on the data, experience, and strategies of member cities.
  • To encourage collaboration from all the cities that form part of the network by an exchange of experts and by establishing projects, initiatives, and parallel agendas.

4. Strategic approaches

The CTPN has adopted the following strategic approaches:

  • United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy

The CTPN recognises the need to address the conditions that encourage the spread of terrorism, and to develop the necessary measures and capacity to prevent and combat terrorism in the event of an attack.

  • The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)

NATO centres its terrorism-related work on raising awareness of threats and preparing for responses in case of an attack, and on increasing the commitment of member countries to that end, as does the CTPN.

As for the OSCE, the CTPN has adopted a cooperative approach, working together with member countries, and coordinating with national authorities, international and regional organisations, public-private associations, civil society and the media to combat terrorism in all areas.

  • EU counter-terrorism strategy

The CTPN has taken on board the EU Counter-Terrorism Strategy (adopted by the Council of Europe in 2005), as well as the approaches at both local and state level adopted by the member cities.


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