In June 2018, the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres convened the first-ever United Nations High-level Conference of Heads of Counter-Terrorism Agencies of Member States in New York, under the theme “Strengthening international cooperation to combat the evolving threat of terrorism”. More than a thousand participants from 150 Member States, 30 international and regional organisations, 55 civil society organisations and 31 United Nations entities attended the event. The High-Level Conference was held back-to-back with the Sixth Biennial Review of the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy, creating for the first time a Counter-Terrorism Week at the United Nations in New York.
One of the key outcomes of the conference, on the initiative of Secretary-General Guterres, was for UNOCT to partner with Member States to organise several Regional High-level Conferences in order to keep up the momentum on key counter-terrorism issues and strengthen international cooperation. The Regional High-level Conferences are organised in the lead-up to the next High-level Conference of Heads of Counter-Terrorism Agencies of Member States, in June 2020, to promote implementation of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy and relevant General Assembly and Security Council resolutions.
The Regional High-level Conferences serve as a platform for Member States to exchange information, expertise and resources, develop partnerships, and collectively address a range of critical counter-terrorism issues. They support a multilateral approach to countering the enduring and evolving transnational threat of terrorism, within the framework of international law and human rights, through:
- Promoting the comprehensive and balanced implementation of the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy, and other relevant resolutions of the General Assembly and the Security Council
- Promoting regional and international cooperation and partnerships
- Facilitating dialogue and the exchange of experiences in developing and implementing whole-of-government and whole-of-society approaches to counter-terrorism, including to prevent and counter violent extremism conducive to terrorism
- Strengthening political support for the UN’s counter-terrorism efforts
- Promote practical engagement with civil society partners, including women and youth groups
- Preparing for the Second United Nations High-level Conference of Heads of Counter-Terrorism Agencies of Member States in 2020 in New York
An overview of the Regional Conferences
- 20-21 June 2019 in Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia): Whole-of-Society-Approach to Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism and Radicalization that Lead to Terrorism
- 10-11 July 2019 in Nairobi (Republic of Kenya): Counter terrorism and the prevention of violent extremism conducive to terrorism
- 3-4 September 2019 in Minsk (Republic of Belarus): Countering terrorism through innovative approaches and the use of new and emerging technologies
- 7-8 November 2019 in Budapest (Republic of Hungary): Prevention of radicalization to terrorism: Regional policy responses and risk mitigation
- 18-19 December 2019 in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates): Empowering youth and promoting tolerance: practical approaches to countering terrorist radicalization and terrorism
- The first Regional High-level Conference took place in Dushanbe on 16 and 17 May 2019 in partnership with the Republic of Tajikistan and focused on “International and regional cooperation on countering terrorism and its financing through illicit drug trafficking and organized crime”.
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