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29 Aug 2019

Representatives of over 50 countries to attend counter-terrorism conference in Minsk

Representatives of over 50 countries to attend counter-terrorism conference in Minsk

MINSK, 29 August (BelTA) – Representatives of over 50 countries will take part in the high-level international conference “Countering terrorism through innovative approaches and the use of new and emerging technologies” due in Minsk on 3-4 September, Anatoly Glaz, Head of the Information and Digital Diplomacy Office, Press Secretary of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told a press briefing on 6 September, BelTA has learned.

The joint Belarus-UN event has been organized by the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Office. It will be a logical continuation of the high-level international conference on countering terrorism held under the OSCE auspices in Belarus in October 2018.

“We expect around 60 delegations to attend the high-level conference. They will represent over 50 countries as well as international and non-governmental organizations, and academia. Taking part in the event will be OSCE Secretary General Thomas Greminger, Under-Secretary-General of the UN Counter-Terrorism Office Vladimir Voronkov, Under-Secretary-General and Special Adviser on the Preparations for the Commemoration of the United Nations’ 75th Anniversary Fabrizio Hochschild, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Europe, Central Asia and Americas Miroslav Jenca, UN Assistant Secretary-General and 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 Sergei Lebedev, State Secretary of Slovakia’s Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs Lukas Parizek, representatives of foreign ministries of Armenia, Mongolia, and Tajikistan, representatives of the UN Secretariat, other UN agencies, the CSTO, the SCO, UNESCO, the European Union, heads of counter-terrorism services, security services, and law enforcement agencies of several countries,” Anatoly Glaz said.

The conference will serve to discuss multilateral efforts to counteract terrorism and reach decisions at the global, regional, and national levels to fight terrorists and terrorist groups in view of increased availability and complexity of technologies. The conference will consist of three themed sessions. They will deal with issues regarding the use of new technologies and artificial intelligence by terrorists, strategies and approaches to countering terrorist propaganda, and misuse of technological achievements.

On 2 September, the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs will hold a briefing on work of the media during the conference. The briefing will attract representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the UN Counter-Terrorism Office, and the UN office in Belarus.

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