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 http://webtv.un.org/.
For additional information, please contact Ms. Svetlana Martynova at martynovas [at] un.org.
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)