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Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force

Implementing the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy in Central Asia

Activities

Plan of Action in Central Asia Adopted

In November 2011, CTITF hosted a ministerial-level meeting to adopt the Plan of Action on Implementing the Strategy in Central Asia .

Third Expert Meeting on Implementing Pillar III

In July 2011, CTITF organized an expert meeting on implementing pillar III of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy in Central Asia.

Second Expert Meeting on Implementing Pillar II

In March 2011 an expert meeting on implementing pillar II of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy was held in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

First Expert Meeting on Implementing Pillar I

In December 2010, CTITF organized an expert meeting in Bratislava on implementing pillar I of the Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy.

Overview

The CTITF Working Group on Preventing and Resolving Conflict, in collaboration with Member States in the region, has developed an initiative to assist Central Asian States to devise a regional Plan of Action to implement the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy. The project, funded through the support of the European Union and the Government of Norway is being coordinated by the United Nations Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA) located in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.

The initiative aims at supporting the Governments of Central Asia, as well as regional and international organizations operating in the region, in the implementation of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy and its four pillars. This will be achieved through organizing three expert meetings, two to be held in Central Asia and one in the EU during 2010-2011. These meetings, co-sponsored by the UN and the EU, are designed to share experiences and address challenges in implementing the different pillars of the Strategy. They will bring together key stakeholders, including the Governments of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, relevant regional and sub-regional organizations (e.g. CIS, CSTO, SCO, OIC, OSCE and NATO), the UN system, representatives of neighboring Governments, civil society, as well as regional and international experts to share experiences and good practices in implementing the Global UN Counter Terrorism Strategy.

The meetings aimed at facilitating an exchange of knowledge and good practices on countering terrorism, identifying gaps, catalyzing international support for initiatives and building consensus on common approaches and coordinated cooperation for implementing the Strategy in the region. A network of counter-terrorism practitioners in the region would be established to ensure continued dialogue, coordination and information-sharing in Central Asia.

Implementing the Strategy in Central Asia

Project Outcome

The regional Action Plan for the implementation of the Global UN Counter Terrorism Strategy  in Central Asia was adopted on November 30th, 2011 in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan during a High Level Meeting by  the States of Central Asia, namely Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan, with Uzbekistan opting for observer status.  The Ashgabat Meeting also led to the adoption of a Final Declaration expressing support for the Action Plan and for regional cooperation on countering terrorism by the 54 participants present, representing, in addition to the Central Asian States, ten other Member states of the United Nations, namely Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, China, India, Iran, Norway, Pakistan, Russia, Turkey and the United States, as well as senior United Nations and European Union officials.

The Ministerial meeting concluded a one-year consultative process during which three expert meetings were held. The expert meetings reviewed the four pillars of the Strategy and indentified opportunities, gaps and needs, and drew recommendations to devise a joint plan of action.

The Central Asia Joint Action Plan is the first regional framework designed to address the threat of terrorism through a common approach, based on the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy and strengthened international partnership.

Representatives of Central Asian States, regional organizations, UN and EU discussing measures to prevent and combat terrorism at a meeting in Dushanbe

Representatives of Central Asian States, regional organizations, UN and EU discussing measures to prevent and combat terrorism at a meeting in Dushanbe