UN High-Level Conference of Heads of Counter-Terrorism Agencies of Member States
Under-Secretary-General Vladimir Voronkov, Head of the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism, invited the IIJ Executive Secretary to attend the High-Level Conference of Heads of Counter-Terrorism Agencies of Member States, held at United Nations Headquarters in New York on 28 and 29 June 2018. The Conference followed the sixth biennial review of the United Nations Global Counte-Terrorism Strategy. In principle, the conference benefited the IJ as it focused on how should the United Nations engage with other international, regional and sub-regional organizations, civil society and the private sector to enhance its support to Member States. The IIJ, along with sister GCTF-inspired institution leadership from GCERF and Hedayah, was afforded the same equivalency as regional and special bodies such as the OSCE and OPCW in the General Assembly. The overarching theme for the High-level Conference was “Strengthening international cooperation to combat the evolving threat of terrorism”. The four thematic sessions reflected the priorities of Member States to improve international counter-terrorism cooperation. Each session also provided an opportunity to consider the practical implementation of relevant aspects of the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy that the General Assembly reviewed on 26 and 27 June 2018, including those elements pertaining to human rights, gender equality and engagement with youth and civil society. Notably, the conference reinforced the need for the kind of multilateral collaboration called for in the Security Council’s resolution 2396 (2017), a key part of the IIJ’s 2019 workplan building and strengthening partnerships. The IIJ Executive Secretary also held multiple bilateral meetings with prospective donors (e.g., Japan, Turkey, and Norway) and discussed 2019 plans with partners UN CTED, Global Center, UNODC and others.