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10.12.2020
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On the participation of the Executive Committee, RATS SCO delegation at the UNCCT Virtual round table of the United Nations counter-terrorism center on combating terrorism, preventing and combating violent extremism entities.

A delegation of the Executive Committee of the RATS SCO headed by Deputy Director Barchuk V. V. participated in the “UNCCT Virtual Roundtable of Counter-terrorism and Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism (PCVE) entities”

From December 8 to 10, 2020, a delegation of the RATS SCO Executive Committee headed by Deputy Director V. V. Barchuk took part in the virtual round table of the United Nations counter-terrorism center (UNCCT) on the topic "Countering terrorism and preventing and combating violent extremism".

The roundtable consisted of theme based interactive sessions to cover the important issues of “Building Strategic Partnerships across Regions”, “Human Rights”, “Foreign Terrorist Fighters Phenomenon, Screening, Prosecution, Reintegration and Rehabilitation”,“Cybersecurity and New Technologies” and “Border Security and Management”.

Speakers at the round table were experts from the UN, other international and regional organizations, as well as representatives of civil society working in the above-mentioned areas of expertise.

The opening of the round table was addressed by Mr. Vladimir Voronkov, Under-Secretary-General for Counter-Terrorism, United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) & Executive Director, United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre, H.E. Mr. Abdallah Y. Al-Mouallimi, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Chair of the UNCCT Advisory Board, Ms. Ghada Fathi Waly, Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC),H.E. Mr. Chuah Teong Ban, Director General of Southeast Asia Regional Centre for Counter-Terrorism ,Ms. Michèle Coninsx, Assistant Secretary-General and Executive Director of the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate, United Nations, Dr. AbdelAziz Hamad AlUwaisheg, Assistant Secretary General for Political and Negotiations Affairs, the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf, Ms. Alison August Treppel, Executive Director of Inter-American Committee against Terrorism (CICTE), Organization of American States, Mr.Idriss Lallali Mounir, Acting Director, African Centre for the Study and Research on Terrorism, Mr. Edmund Fitton-Brown, Expert & Coordinator of the ISIL (Daesh)/Al-Qaida/Taliban Monitoring Team, Mr. Eelco Kessels, Executive Director of Global Center on Cooperative Security.

Deputy Director of the Executive Committee of the RATS SCO, V. V. Barchuk made a report (presentation) on the topic: "Border Security and Management".

In his report, V. V. Barchuk highlighted the terrorist situation and the consequences of the global COVID-19 pandemic. At the same time, he provided information on the situation in Syria and Afghanistan and its impact on the security of the SCO Member States. In his speech, he outlined the legal basis for cooperation between the SCO Member States in the field of border security and management. He reported on practical activities to ensure the security of the external borders of the SCO member States, including the conduct of joint border operations by the border services of the member States.

During the discussion, V. V. Barchuk noted the importance and necessity of implementing the UNCCT program "Border Security and Management", which is aimed at strengthening the capacity of member States to prevent cross-border movement of terrorists and curb the flow of foreign terrorist fighters by improving the effectiveness of border security and border control. At the same time, he noted the results of the implementation of the UNCCT border security initiative and the project on awareness-raising and capacity-building in the field of early passenger information collection (API), and expressed interest in cooperation and exchange of best practices on early passenger information collection (API) and passenger registration (PNR) as tools for strengthening border security, border control and stopping the flow of FTFs, which is a prospect for further international cooperation.

Thus, during the three-day round table, participants exchanged information on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the situation in the fight against terrorism. Speakers presented their experience, practices and results of anti-terrorist activities, including in cyberspace.

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