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Conference will Address Conditions Conducive to the Spread of Terrorism and Promoting Regional Cooperation
12 June 2013

Geneva, 12 June 2013 - The United Nations Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force (CTITF) Office, in partnership with the Government of Switzerland, is organizing the International Counter-Terrorism Focal Points Conference on Addressing Conditions Conducive to the Spread of Terrorism and Promoting Regional Cooperation at the United Nations Office at Geneva from 13 to 14 June 2013.

The Conference will be opened at 11 a.m. on 13 June by H.E. Mr. Didier Burkhalter, Vice-President of the Federal Council and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland, and Mr. Jeffrey Feltman, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Department of Political Affairs and Chairman of the CTITF. The Opening Session will also feature statements from H.E. Dr. Dipu Moni, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh; H.E. Mr. Olugbenga Ashiru, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Nigeria; H.E. Mr. Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG); and H.E. Ms. Navanethem Pillay, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

The initial part of the Opening Session will be open to the media.

The Conference will be attended by more than 200 Government officials, national counter-terrorism experts, representatives of the United Nations and practitioners from international, regional and civil society organizations. Discussions will focus on important topics included under Pillar I of the Global Strategy and help identify practical ways, including through civil society input, to implement them.

The Conference serves a capstone of the CTITF’s global initiative to promote the implementation of the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy at the national and regional levels. Over the course of two days, participants will specifically focus on the topics of regional cooperation and Pillar I of the Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy. Thematic sessions of the Conference will allow participants to discuss (1) the importance of regional cooperation in the implementation of the Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy; (2) Linkages between security and development; (3) the role of civil society in promoting the implementing Pillar I; (4) the role of victims of terrorism in countering the terrorist narrative; and (5) Dialogue, Understanding and Countering the Appeal of Terrorism. The Conference will conclude with a non-binding Chairman’s summary.

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