Building In-depth Knowledge of the Strategy
Workshop for Southern Asia region, Dhaka
The United Nations Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force (CTITF) in collaboration with the government of Bangladesh organized a workshop on the "Regional Implementation of the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy in Southern Asia," in Dhaka, Bangladesh in May 2012.
Workshop for Southern Africa region, Windhoek
The United Nations Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force (CTITF) in collaboration with the government of Namibia organized a workshop on the “Regional Implementation of the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy in Southern Africa,” in Windhoek, Namibia in October 2011.
Workshop for Eastern Africa region, Addis Ababa
CTITF, in partnership with the Government of Ethiopia, conducted a workshop on Regional Implementation of the Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy in Eastern Africa, which was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in July 2011.
Workshop for Southeast Asian region, Bali
In November 2010, CTITF organized a workshop in Bali, Indonesia on Regional Implementation of the Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy in Southeast Asia. This is the first of the five planned workshops, to be held in key regions across the world.
Member States have expressed political commitment to develop the legal, institutional and practical capacities to counter international terrorism, and several States have taken a number of important steps in this regard. However, adequate coordination between Government agencies and coherent and integrated national and regional counter-terrorism policies are often missing and the effective implementation of the Strategy remains elusive in many parts of the world. One of the chief reasons for this problem is the lack of in-depth knowledge and understanding of the Strategy in capitals and the role that different stakeholders, including the CTITF, can play in supporting national, regional, and sub-regional implementation.
In order to build sustained political support in capitals around the world for the Global Strategy, it is important that key stakeholders come together to discuss the relevance of the Strategy for their respective regions, identify priority areas of greater coordination and activity, including with support from CTITF and its entities, and make progress on the implementation of the Global Strategy. This project facilitates that process by allowing all relevant stakeholders to gain a better understanding and deeper knowledge of all four pillars of the Strategy and the means for their integrated implementation.
How does the CTITF Office raise awareness and understanding of the Strategy?
The CTITF Office has adopted a strategic and incremental approach to raise awareness and build in-depth knowledge and understanding of the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy through targeted awareness-raising initiatives with key stakeholders in Governments, regional/sub-regional organizations and civil society in five regions: Southeast Asia, South Asia, Southern Africa, Eastern Africa, and West Africa/Sahel regions.
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Five major workshops are planned with participation of key stakeholders from those regions, including, national counter-terrorism policymakers and practitioners, law enforcement, criminal justice, and other relevant officials, national counterterrorism focal points or coordinators and relevant civil society actors.
The first workshop for South-East Asia took place in Bali, Indonesia in November 2010 while the second workshop for Eastern Africa was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in July 2011. The comprehensive two-day workshops aimed at enhancing local knowledge of the Strategy and identifying how it can best be implemented in an integrated manner on the ground, while taking into account the local context.
The workshops are organized by the CTITF Office, in cooperation with relevant CTITF entities, co-sponsoring Member States and, wherever possible, in cooperation with relevant regional/sub-regional organizations.
Building In-Depth Knowledge of the Strategy
How are workshops designed?
Although the aim of all five regional workshops is to deepen key stakeholders’ knowledge of the Strategy, the realities and priorities on the ground differ with regard to existing knowledge and respective political support for the Strategy. The focus of each regional workshop is tailored according to what is most useful to the relevant stakeholders. As a general principle, the CTITF Office encourages Member States to implement all four pillars of the Global Strategy with equal urgency and importance. In certain regions, where knowledge of the Strategy is still very limited, the workshop focus may thus cover all four pillars of the Strategy.
All of the workshops, however, include a focus on capacity-building. This allows participants to, inter alia, identify ways to build Strategy-related capacities in more innovative and sustainable ways, and to ensure that these efforts, including those of the United Nations, are coordinated and targeted towards priority needs.
In addition, the workshops provide an opportunity for the exchange of information and good practices on the implementation of the Global Strategy among relevant law enforcement, criminal justice, and other national officials.
The workshops produce a chair’s summary of recommendations and, where appropriate, the adoption of a regional plan of action for the implementation of the Global Strategy. Each regional plan of action would, inter alia, enumerate those tasks which the different United Nations, regional, and national stakeholders commit to undertake in the months ahead.
These workshops serve as useful follow-on activities to the meeting of national counter-terrorism focal points in Vienna in October 2009. That meeting was co-sponsored by the Governments of Austria, Costa Rica, Japan, Norway, Slovakia, Switzerland and Turkey and organized in close cooperation with the CTITF, the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
What are the upcoming workshops?
2012: Another regional workshop will be conducted for key stakeholders in South Asia on 16-17 May in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
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2012: A regional workshop for key stakeholders in North and West Africa is planned, possibly to be hosted by the United Nations Office for West Africa (UNOWA) or other partner entity in the region.
The meetings will bring together senior policymakers and practitioners from the capitals, as well as representatives from donor countries, relevant United Nations offices, and civil society organizations. Among other things, the meetings will allow officials from the regions to share information, experiences, challenges, and best practices related to the implementation of the Strategy at the national level, focusing on all four of its pillars. In addition, they will place special emphasis on developing sub-regional plans of action for all relevant stakeholders, including both law enforcement and criminal justice officials and development actors.
Outputs and Outcomes
Five regional/sub-regional workshops (Southeast-Asia, South-Asia, Southern Africa, Eastern Africa, and North and West Africa)
CTITF meeting on building in-depth knowledge of the Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy in Southeast Asia
Short term: National counterterrorism policymakers and practitioners, secretariat officials in regional/sub-regional organizations, and civil society experts achieve greater levels of in-depth knowledge and understanding about the Strategy, including how it can be used to develop more effective national, regional, and sub-regional responses to terrorism.
Med – long term: Increase in Member States’ capacity to implement the Global Strategy, including from an increase in requests from Member States to CTITF to support integrated implementation of the Strategy.