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Minsk hosts international conference on counter-terrorism

Politics 03.09.2019 | 09:00

MINSK, 3 September (BelTA) – The International High-Level Conference on countering terrorism through innovative approaches and the use of new and emerging technologies is taking place in Minsk on 3-4 September, BelTA has learned.

The conference has brought together representatives of nearly 50 countries. The event, co-organized by the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT), is held in a follow-up to the international high-level meeting that took place in Minsk under the aegis of the OSCE in October 2018.

The international forum will welcome 66 delegations, including representatives of 55 states and also international non-government organizations and academic communities.

Attending the conference will be OSCE Secretary General Thomas Greminger, UN Under-Secretary-General for Counter-Terrorism Vladimir Voronkov, Special Adviser on the Preparations for the Commemoration of the Seventy-Fifth Anniversary of the United Nations at the Under-Secretary-General level Fabrizio Hochschild, Assistant Secretary-General for Europe, Central Asia and the Americas Miroslav Jenca, Executive Director of the Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate Michele Coninsx, President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union Gabriela Cuevas Barron, Chairman of the CIS Executive Committee, CIS Executive Secretary Sergei Lebedev, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Lukas Parizek, representatives of the ministries of foreign affairs of Armenia, Mongolia, Tajikistan, the secretariat and structures of the UN, the CSTO, the SCO, UNESCO, the European Union, counter-terrorism organizations, security services and law-enforcement bodies of a number of countries.

The forum aims to discuss multilateral efforts and develop solutions at the global, regional and national levels to combat terrorists and terrorist groups amid a wider access to and a growing complexity of applied technologies. The conference will be divided into three themed sessions to discuss the misuse of new technologies and artificial intelligence by terrorists, approaches and strategies to counteract terrorist propaganda and the misuse of scientific progress.

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