A high-level conference on fighting terrorism and its funding was held in Tajikistan’s capital Dushanbe on 16 and 17 May. The conference, titled ‘International and Regional Cooperation on Countering Terrorism and Its Financing Through Illicit Drug Trafficking and Organized Crime’ was convened by the Government of Tajikistan in close cooperation with the United Nations, the European Union and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.

“I am convinced that Dushanbe Conference will serve as an important platform for comprehensive dialogue, exchanging skills and experiences, as well as reinforcing efforts in countering contemporary security threats and challenges,” said the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Tajikistan, Sirojiddin Muhriddin, in welcoming the delegates to Dushanbe

Dushanbe Conference is the first to come within the framework of the follow-up process to the High-Level International Conference on ‘Countering Terrorism and Prevention of Violent Extremism’ held in Dushanbe in May 2018, and the High-Level Conference of Heads of Counter Terrorism Agencies of UN Member States held in June in New York.

Financing of terrorism and its links to organized crime and illicit drug trafficking pose serious risks to international peace and security, and to counter these threats it is essential to ensure stability and development of the Central Asian region and beyond.

The elimination of drug trafficking and terrorism requires joint efforts by the global community at all levels, as no country or institution can address these threats alone.

Speaking ahead of the conference the Under-Secretary-General United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism, Vladimir Voronkov said, “The scourge of terrorism is increasingly complex and transnational. Our response must be collective and dynamic to adapt to changing circumstances, identify and address new challenges effectively. A global threat demands a multilateral response, cooperation and partnership at all levels to share information, experience and resources.”

Tajikistan, having understood these global threats, has exerted significant efforts to counter terrorism and the illicit drug smuggling for many years, including by adopting the National Strategies on Countering Terrorism and Extremism for the period of 2016-2020 and Illicit Drug Trafficking for the period of 2013-2020, as well as the National Concept on Countering Money-laundering, Financing of Terrorism and Weapons of Mass Destruction, 2018-2025.

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