On 10-11 October, 2013 the Ukrainian OSCE Chairmanship hosted the international conference “Priority Issues for International Co-operation in the Fight against Terrorism”, which took place in the Diplomatic Academy of Ukraine. It was jointly organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Security Service of Ukraine and the OSCE Secretariat.
More than 100 representatives of OSCE participating States and partners for cooperation, international and regional organizations and civil society associations took part in the conference. They exchanged views and thoughts on main legal foundations and tools in fighting against terrorism, strengthening cooperation between state agencies and civil society, best practices in preventing terrorist activities and hindering financing of terrorist organizations, enhancing existing interaction mechanisms between law enforcement bodies to safeguard human rights and freedoms in fighting terrorism, role of media in covering acts of terror and preventing the spread of this phenomenon, along with the OSCE Consolidated Framework for the Fight against Terrorism (December 2012) implementation.
A special presentation organised by the Ukrainian side covered issues of providing security from terrorist threats during large-scale public events such as “Euro-2012” football championship in Ukraine.
The conference demonstrated that there is a shared position on the need to continue and further improve mechanisms of international cooperation in fighting terrorism, i.e. adopting legislation on illegal character of terrorism and its manifestations, support of an inter-religious dialogue, increasing humanitarian programs and initiatives on tolerance, as well as de-radicalization of social movements.
Conference participants welcomed the timely initiative of the Ukrainian OSCE Chairmanship to hold such an event and the resulting thorough discussions on the subject.