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Concept Note on the 10th International Scientific and Practical Conference on cooperation between SCO member and observer states in countering international terrorism and extremism on the topic: “International cooperation in the fight against terrorism”

Background

 

It is planned to hold the 10th International Scientific and Practical Conference on cooperation between SCO member states and observer states in the field of countering international terrorism and extremism (hereinafter referred to as the Conference) on September 4-5, 2024 in Tashkent.

 

The conference is an annual event held by the Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO RATS) since 2013. The conference emerged in the form of a round table with the participation of researchers from SCO member and observer states. Since then, the number of participants in the annual Conference has grown to 200 persons, with over 50 speakers. Besides the SCO member states and observer states, the participants of the Conference include SCO dialogue partners, international and regional organizations, as well as academia, research, information and analytical institutions. High-level speakers were invited to past Conferences, including heads of UN structures, OSCE, CIS ATC, CSTO, Interpol, EAG, CICA, etc.

 

Rationale

 

The Program of Cooperation of the SCO Member States in the field of Countering Terrorism, Separatism and Extremism for 2022-2024, approved by the Decision No. 1 of the Council of Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization dated September 17, 2021, provides for the holding of international conferences (Clause 5.2), and expanding cooperation with the SCO observer states, SCO dialogue partners (Clause 4.1) and relevant international and regional organizations (Clause 4.3) in the field of countering terrorism, separatism and extremism. The Memorandum of Cooperation between the SCO RATS and the CIS ATC dated May 25, 2023, indicates that scientific and organizational events serve as one of the main ways of interaction (Clause 1.4). In order to implement these regulatory documents and further strengthen international cooperation, on March 29, 2024 the SCO RATS Council adopted Decision No. 740 on holding the 10th International Scientific and Practical Conference at the same time and venue (based on a separate plan) with the 2nd International Conference of the Anti-Terrorism Center of the Commonwealth of Independent States. 

  Goal

 

Exchange of organizational experience and best practices in countering terrorism and extremism, developing a common understanding and approaches to new challenges and security threats, and designing measures to improve international cooperation to counter terrorism and extremism. 

 

Expected Outcomes

 

It is plan to hold the SCO RATS Conference over two days in the form of a plenary meeting and four sessions.

 

During the plenary session, high-level participants will deliver welcoming addresses, as well as assessments of challenges and threats to security, the status and prospects of international cooperation in the field of countering terrorism and extremism.

 

During session I: “National experience in countering terrorism, separatism and extremism,” it is planned to discuss the following issues:

 

- review of trends and tendencies in the transformation of terrorist threats in the SCO, CIS, Middle East and South Asia;

 

- assessment of the military and political situation in Afghanistan and its impact on security in the areas of responsibility of the SCO and the CIS;

 

- information about the locations of bases and camps of foreign terrorist organizations in Afghanistan, their plans, composition and personnel, leaders and members, connections in the SCO and CIS states, as well as channels of movement to the SCO and CIS space;

 

- development of a national system for countering terrorism, mechanisms for responding to and localizing terrorist threats;

 

- organizing work to identify, prevent and suppress the use of the Internet for terrorist, separatist and extremist purposes;

 

- international information security in the context of countering terrorism and extremism;

 

- misuse of modern information and communication technologies for terrorist purposes;

 

- protection of critical infrastructure from terrorist attacks;

 

- national systems of rehabilitation of victims of terrorism: their efficiency and issues;

 

- experience in preventing and addressing interethnic and interfaith conflicts arising under the influence of extremist, terrorist, separatist and other destructive forces;

 

- the issue of illegal education of citizens of the SCO and CIS states in foreign theological educational institutions controlled by extremist organizations.

 

During session II: “International counter-terrorism cooperation,” it is planned to discuss the following issues:

 

- international cooperation as the basis for identifying trends that constitute threats of a terrorist and extremist nature at the global level;

 

- current state and effective mechanisms of cooperation, preparedness to countering existing and emerging threats and challenges in the field of security;

 

- discussion of recommendations for strengthening international cooperation in combating terrorism and extremism by improving mechanisms and measures to counter modern approaches used by terrorists, extremists, as well as terrorist and extremist organizations.

 

During session III: “Combating money laundering and terrorist financing,” it is planned to discuss the following issues:

 

- forms and methods of financing terrorism, new types of threats in this area;

 

- experience of international cooperation to combat terrorism financing;

 

- legal basis for combating the financing of terrorism.

 

During session IV: “The ideology of extremism is a threat to the sovereignty, security and territorial integrity of states,” it is planned to discuss the following issues:

 

- extremism, as one of the most dangerous phenomena of the security of the world community, its concept, types and forms;

 

- experience in the use by states of measures of a socio-economic nature, mechanisms of response and localization to manifestations of extremism;

 

- the impact of extremism on international relations;

 

- measures taken to address the threat of manifestations of extremism using information and communication technologies.

  Participants

 

The Conference will be attended by representatives and experts from national, regional and international structures, including public and government bodies, relevant international organizations, as well as research institutes involved in countering terrorism and extremism.

 

Working Languages

 

English, Chinese and Russian

 

Time and Venue

 

It is planned to hold the conference on September 4-5, 2024 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Participants intending to physically participate in the Conference should arrive in Tashkent by no later than the evening of September 3, 2024.

 

Logistics

 

Contacts

 

Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization

 

22, Durmon Yo’li, Tashkent. Phone number: + (998 78) 120 43 66, e-mail: ecrats@mail.ru

 

Emergency Phone Numbers

 

(i) Fire Safety    101

 

(ii) Police    102

 

(iii) Ambulance 103

 

(iv) Emergency (Disasters) 105  

 Focal Points:

 

1.     Arman Mukhamedzhanov, Senior Expert

 

Mobile: +998 97 7421978 (GSM and Telegram)

 

e-mail: arman.ms.sco@gmail.com

 

2.     Vyacheslav Penchukov, Expert  

 

Mobile: +998 90 7998815 (GSM and Telegram)

 

e-mail: Penchukov.rats@mail.ru

 

3. Rustam Abduloev, Assistant

 

Mobile: +998-97-178-34-39, (GSM, WhatsApp and Telegram)

 

e-mail: rus.sherov.90@bk.ru
Source: Исполнительный комитет РАТС ШОС