High-level Regional Conferences on Counter-Terrorism


In June 2018, the Secretary-General convened the first-ever High-level Conference of Heads of Counter-Terrorism Agencies of Member States in New York

The conference contributed to strengthening multilateral collaboration, exploring and building new partnerships, sharing experience and learning about innovative approaches to prevention through community engagement

One of the key recommendations was the organization of High-level Regional Conferences with the support of Member States, in order to keep up the momentum on key issues and strengthen international cooperation

The High-level Regional Conferences will maintain attention on the various themes addressed, as well as support Member States’ collective efforts on countering terrorism

The High-level Regional Conferences are organized in the lead-up to the next High-level Conference of Heads of Counter-Terrorism Agencies of Member States in June 2020, and are aligned with the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy and relevant General Assembly and Security Council resolutions

The High-level Regional Conferences aim to strengthen the political support for the UN’s counter-terrorism efforts and take forward the global counter-terrorism agenda in preparation for the next High-level Conference of Heads of Counter-Terrorism Agencies of Member States in 2020
  

Background

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.

Objectives

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

Upcoming Conferences

Earlier Events

  • 16-17 May 2019 in Dushanbe (Tajikistan): International and regional cooperation on countering terrorism and its financing through illicit drug trafficking and organized crime
  • 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

Registration link for the upcoming conference in Belarus:

The online registration form and conference materials are available online in a secured environment.