On 14-15 December 2021, Deputy Secretary General Mr. Fuad Alakbarov attended a two-day roundtable discussion on “The Role of Parliamentarians in the implementation of National Action Plans for addressing terrorism and violent extremism conducive to terrorism”, organized by the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre (UNCCT) of the UN Office on Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) and the UN Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA) in Doha, Qatar.
The event was organized in three panels and was held as part of the EU-UN STRIVE Asia initiative, as well as the regional joint UNCCT and UNRCCA project titled "Towards the Implementation of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy in Central Asia."
Ms. Natalia Gherman, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of UNRCCA, and Mr. Mauro Miedico, Chief of UNOCT's Special Projects Implementation Branch, both spoke during the opening session.
The roundtable's goal was to start a conversation among Central Asian parliamentarians, as well as parliamentary assemblies and international organizations, about the role of parliamentarians in contributing to the development of National Action Plans (NAPs). Participants reviewed international standards and best practices in this area, as well as obstacles and opportunities and speakers underlined their commitment to tackling current security concerns together in order to reach a future free of terrorism. Over 80 participants from Central Asian countries attended the event, including members of parliament and parliamentary assemblies, specialists on preventing and combating violent extremism, UN agencies, and international, regional, and specialized organizations.
Parliamentarians from Central Asian countries made presentations of the National Action Plans of their respective countries.
The presentations were followed by the sessions on the role of parliamentary assemblies in NAP implementation and the UN's Engagement with parliamentarians.