2022 UNOCT Malaga Conference
The United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) and the Government of the Kingdom of Spain will be organising the High-Level International Conference on Human Rights, Civil Society and Counter-Terrorism on 10 and 11 May in Malaga, Spain (“the Malaga Conference”). The Conference will be preceded on 9 May by a dedicated civil society workshop and a set of side events with themes closely aligned to the main Conference theme.
The Conference will include a High-Level segment on the afternoon of 10 May, which will be followed immediately by a High-Level Ministerial session featuring statements by Member State Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Ministers with responsibility for counter-terrorism. The five thematic working sessions of the Conference will be held over two days, 10 and 11 May. These sessions will focus on: (a) Human Rights and the Rule of Law as the Cornerstone of Effective Counter-Terrorism Efforts; (b) Protection of Principled Humanitarian Action; (c) Victims and Survivors of Terrorism; (d) Civil Society Efforts for Preventing and Countering Terrorism; and (e) Role of the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Architecture.
The Malaga Conference is a follow-up to the "Virtual Dialogue with Human Rights and Civil Society Partners on Building a Better Paradigm to Prevent and Counter Terrorism,” which UNOCT and the Government of the Kingdom of Spain organized on 25-26 May 2021.
The Conference will bring together Member States, United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Coordination Compact entities, international and regional organizations, human rights and civil society organizations, experts and other stakeholders to engage in a robust and practical exchange of innovative ideas on how to strengthen social cohesion, build resilience, and effectively embed human rights, gender equality and the rule of law into the international community’s response to terrorism and violent extremism, while safeguarding and promoting human rights, in particular the rights of women, children, and victims of terrorism.
The United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) is pleased to announce it will facilitate a series of side events on the margins of the High-Level Conference on Human Rights, Civil Society, and Counter-Terrorism in Málaga, Spain. The side events will take place on 9 May 2022 in a hybrid format and will provide an opportunity for discussion and knowledge exchange by diverse stakeholders on how to effectively embed human rights and the rule of law into the international community’s response to terrorism.
In advance of the Conference, the Kingdom of Spain and the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism will host a workshop on Enhancing Civil Society Leadership and Promotion and Protection of Human Rights in Counter-Terrorism. In addition, there will be six side events, each focusing on a specific theme on emerging and priority topics in CT and P/CVE. Side events will involve multi-stake-holder discussions and are expected to generate rich exchanges and innovative recommendations. The side events are co-organized by UNOCT, a Member State sponsor, and a Civil Society Organization. The involvement of additional partners, including other UN entities, interregional organizations, NGOs, academia, think tanks, and the private sector, is also encouraged.