Open briefing of the Counter-Terrorism Committee on #CentralAsia

Central Asia is currently facing a host of security threats, including ongoing conflicts in nearby and neighbouring States, illicit drugs and arms trafficking, risks associated with large-scale labour migration abroad, and widespread reliance in the region on alternative money remittances. Unresolved disputes over State borders and natural resources continue to undermine regional cooperation, and border protection and management continue to be hampered by difficult terrain and lack of resources. Over recent years, most States of the region have witnessed an increase in radicalization to violent extremism. Most have also been affected by the phenomenon of foreign terrorist fighters (FTFs), both as States of origin and as transit. It is estimated that 2,000 to 3,000 individuals left the region to fight in conflict zones abroad, including in Iraq and the Syrian Arab Republic. Fighters from Central Asia were among the senior commanders of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as Da.esh) and the Al-Nusrah Front (see also S/2015/358). The region now faces potential challenges relating to the activities of FTFs returning or relocating to third countries.

In its resolution 2395 (2017), the Security Council requests the Counter-Terrorism Committee, with the support of its Executive Directorate (CTED), to continue to hold periodic meetings, including with a regional or thematic focus, for all Member States. On 21 February 2018, the Committee approved the list of thematic and regional briefings to be delivered in 2018, which includes one pertaining to Central Asia.

In response to this request, the Counter-Terrorism Committee will hold an open briefing, which will focus on the current counter-terrorism situation in Central Asia, the progress achieved by the five States, and remaining challenges and priorities. It will also take stock of these States’ efforts to strengthen their overall counter-terrorism capacities, and identify priority areas of focus for future initiatives of the Committee and CTED. Taking place at United Nations headquarters on Monday 2 July 2018 in Conference Room 4, from 03:00 p.m., the briefing is open to Member and Observer States, members of the media including photographers with valid accreditation, United Nations staff and interns, UN entities, intergovernmental organizations, and specialized agencies, as well as invited guests with a valid UN grounds pass. The event will be webcast at

For additional information, please contact Ms. Svetlana Martynova at martynovas [at]


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Link to Flickr album of the event


Opening remarks by CTED’s Executive Director

PowerPoint presentation of CTED’s Executive Director

H.E. Mr. Kairat Umarov, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the United Nations

H.E. Ms Mirgul Moldoissayeva, Permanent Representative of the Kyrgyz Republic to the United Nations (English) (Russian)

Mr. Jonibek Hikmatov, Chargé d’affaires, Permanent Mission of Tajikistan to the United Nations

H.E. Ms Aksoltan Ataeva, Permanent Representative of Turkmenistan to the United Nations

Mr Ildar Shigabutdinov, Head of the Main Department on Multilateral Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Uzbekistan

Mr Vladimir Voronkov, Under – Secretary – General, United Nations Office of Counter – Terrorism (UN OCT)

Ms Natalia Gherman, Special Representative of the UN Secretary – General for Central Asia , Head of the UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA)

Ms Dolgor Solongo, Officer-in-Charge of the Implementation Support Section I (Asia and Europe), Terrorism Prevention Branch, Division for Treaty Affairs, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

Mr Andrey Novikov, Colonel General of Police, Head of the Commonwealth of Independent States Anti – Terrorism Center (CIS – ATC) (English) (Russian)

Mr Andrey Seleznev, Deputy Executive Secretary, Principal Administrator, Eurasian Group on Combatting Money – Laundering and Terrorism Financing (EAG)

Mr Akhat Mukashev, Deputy Director of the Executive Committee of the Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (RATS SCO) (English) (Russian)

1267 and 1988 Sanctions Committee Chair’s Statement

Andrew Gilmour, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, OHCHR

Ms. Maria Stavropoulou, UNHCR

Ms. Elisabeth Neugebauer Deputy Special Representative of INTERPOL to the United Nations

Mr. Ashraf El Nour, Director, IOM Office to the United Nations International Organization for Migration (IOM)

H.E. Maqsoud Kruse, Executive Director, Strive Global Program – Strengthening Resilience to Violent Extremism in Central Asia (Hedayah)



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