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SCO RATS EC Delegation’s Participation in the UNDP Project Presentation
On 20-21 February 2020, the SCO RATS Executive Committee Delegation headed by its Director Jumakhon Giyosov attended a presentation by the UN Counter-Terrorism Centre and the UN Office for Drug and Crime on the Project for prevention and counteracting illegal trade in small weapons and armaments and their illegal supplies to the terrorists.
During the presentation, Mr. V.Voronkov, the Under Secretary General, head of the UN Counter Terrorism Office, noted that the project aims at supporting the governments’ efforts in implementing the UN Global Counter Terrorism Strategy and relevant UN Security Council Resolutions, and is implemented jointly by the UN Counter-Terrorism Center, the UN Office for Drugs and Crime, and the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs. As underlined by Mr. Voronkov, the project’s main objective is to study relationship between terrorism, weapons and crime, suppressing illegal trade in light weapons and armaments, counteracting illegal supplies of weapons to the terrorist groups. Its first phase targets Central Asian countries and includes 17 activities that will be implemented during the first 15 months. Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia are the project’s donors.
In his presentation, the SCO RATS Executive Committee Director highlighted that illegal trade in light weapons and armaments, their supply to terrorists are major threats to global peace and security, preventing achievement of Sustainable Development Goals. In this context, timeliness and effectiveness of the measures to prevent and counteract delivery of weapons to the terrorists is one of the main directions of action aimed at neutralising new threats and threats to regional security. It was noted that the project’s first phase in 2020 and 2021 shall be implemented in Central Asia, and the SCO RATS, being in charge of coordinating SCO Member State’s fight against terrorism in this region, is committed to providing full support to the UN’s specialised anti-terrorism agencies in achieving tangible results during the course of implementation.
Representatives of the UN Counter-Terrorism Centre, UN Office for Drugs and Crime, UN Office for Disarmament Affairs, UN Counter-Terrorism Committee’s Executive Directorate, the Interpol, the donor countries of Russian and Saudi Arabia as well as countries involved in the project - Kazakhstan, the Kygryz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan attended the event and made presentations. In their addresses, the participants confirmed their commitment to the project’s objectives, noted their relevance and importance.
The event was organised at the highest level and featured full mutual understanding and constructive dialogue.
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