OSCE-wide Counter-Terrorism Conference is going to take place between 25-26 March in Bratislava, Slovakia. Organized by Slovakia’s 2019 OSCE Chairmanship with the support of the Action against Terrorism Unit of the OSCE Transnational Threats Department, and in close co-operation with other OSCE executive structures, within their respective mandates
This year’s annual OSCE-wide Counter-Terrorism Conference will bring together political representatives, national counter-terrorism co-ordinators, senior experts and practitioners from across the OSCE’s participating States and Partners for Co-operation to take stock of efforts to prevent and counter terrorism as well as violent extremism and radicalization that lead to terrorism (VERLT) in the OSCE area.
Experts from the United Nations and other international, regional and sub-regional organizations as well as civil society and the private sector are also invited to share their experiences and ideas.
Over the course of the two-day conference, participants will explore:
- Advances in international co-operation in countering terrorism and the implementation of good practices in preventing VERLT in the OSCE area
- Platforms that support co-operation and co-ordination between governments and civil society
- Programmes and approaches that help identify, divert and support individuals at risk of radicalization to terrorist violence such as referral mechanisms and pre-criminal interventions
- Prison-based and non-custodial programmes to rehabilitate and reintegrate terrorist offenders while ensuring due prosecution of their criminal actions
For more information please visit OSCE website here.
Between 17-18 October, OSCE is organising a regional event entitled “Supporting the role of Civil Society in P/CVERLT: A Focus on South Eastern Europe” to launch their new Handbook on the role of civil society in P/CVERLT in Tirana, Albania.
The Workshop aims to raise awareness regarding illicit trafficking in cultural property and its impact on security and stability in the South Eastern Europe region. The participants will discuss various methods and best practices from the OSCE perspective and explore best mechanisms and tools that will enable them to respond to this serious transnational threat in a sustainable manner in co-ordination with relevant national agencies, international organizations, private sector, and educational institutions.
For more information please visit the OSCE website here.
The 2018 OSCE-wide Counter-Terrorism Conference on “The Reverse Flow of Foreign Terrorist Fighters (FTFs): Challenges for the OSCE Area and Beyond” will be held from 10 to 11 May 2018 in Rome.
The OSCE-wide Counter-Terrorism Conference will focus on the following topics:
– Trends and Dynamics of Returning or Relocating FTFs: Exchange of Views on National Experiences and International Co-operation
– Managing the Return/Relocation of FTFs: Strengthening Border Security and Information Sharing
– Addressing the Potential Threat of Returning and Relocating FTFs and their Affiliates: Rehabilitation and Reintegration Programs Within and Outside the Criminal Justice System
– Addressing Accompanying Family Members of FTFs: Legal Gaps, Juvenile Justice, Engaging with Civil Society.
For more information about the conference please visit OSCE website here and for the concept paper here.
From 7 to 9 November, the OSCE Mission to Skopje and U.S. Embassy, in co-operation with the National Committee for Countering Violent Extremism and the Fight against Terrorism, the Partnership for Peace Consortium (PfPC) and the Combating Terrorism Working Group (CTWG) are organising a table-top (TTX) exercise entitled “Foreign Terrorist Fighters: Promoting Prevention and Resilience“.
The goal of this table-top exercise is to elaborate a comprehensive set of policy recommendations which can support the country, as well as other regional partners, to develop capacities which address security challenges identified during the TTX. This conference aims to explore policy issues related to the ongoing risks of foreign terrorist fighters and returnees, the country’s response, together with future counter-terrorism and security-related efforts.
For more information on the Partnership for Peace Consortium (PfPC) please visit: https://pfp-consortium.org/
WBCTi Chairmanship is contributing to the 2017 OSCE-wide event on »Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism and Radicalisation that Lead to Terrorism (VERLT)« to be held between 23 – 24 May 2017 in Vienna.
For more about the event, please visit: http://www.osce.org/event/osce-wide-counter-terrorism-conference-2017
The purpose of this joint event was to continue addressing the challenges in border security and management, to identify current and future challenges and to support the implementation of the Border Security and Management Concept of the OSCE Participating States in South East Europe, and other international and regional initiatives. The aim is to raise efficiency of the border management authorities in SEE and foster mutual cooperation in mitigating current and potential security treats.
For more information visit the RACVIAC website here.