On 27 June 2019, the United Nations Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC), will hold an open briefing on “The protection of “soft” targets through local engagement and public-private partnerships.”
In its resolution 2396 (2017), the Security Council stresses the need for States to develop, review, or amend national risk and threat assessments to take into account “soft” targets, in order to develop appropriate contingency and emergency-response plans for terrorist attacks. It also calls on States to establish or strengthen national, regional, and international partnerships with public and private stakeholders and to share information and experiences in order to prevent, protect, mitigate, investigate, respond to, and recover from damage from terrorist attacks against “soft” targets.
The objectives of the proposed briefing would be to:
• Raise the awareness of central and local Governments, cities, and businesses to the need to protect “soft” targets through measures that address prevention, preparedness, response, recovery, and investigation
• Mobilize the support of central and local Governments, cities, and businesses for strengthened collaboration in the protection of “soft” targets against terrorist attacks and the prevention of such attacks
• Identify key areas of work in the protection of “soft” targets through collaboration, the sharing of good practices and lessons learned, and innovation
• Bring together central and local Governments, cities, civil society organizations, and businesses to explore ways to prevent, protect, mitigate, investigate, respond to, and recover from terrorist attacks against “soft” targets
• Collect existing good practices in protecting “soft” targets against terrorist attacks
• Help build relationships between the public and private sectors in this area.
Taking place at United Nations Headquarters on Thursday 27 June 2019 in Conference Room 2 from 3:00pm to 6:00pm, the open 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.
For those not holding a UN grounds pass, RSVP by Friday 21 June 5pm through this form: https://buff.ly/2WLSMkI.
The draft agenda of the open briefing can be accessed here.