UPCOMING VIRTUAL MEETING: "Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic"


OSCE PA-PAM-UNOCT Parliamentary Web Dialogue to assess the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on violent extremism and develop the role of parliamentarians in counter-terrorism efforts

  • Tuesday, 30 June 2020, 15:30 – 18:00 (CET)
  • Livestreaming on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook & oscepa.org

Amid the greatest health and economic crisis in recent memory, terrorism and violent extremism continue to pose major security challenges to the countries in the Euro-Atlantic, Eurasian and Mediterranean regions. As states’ focus and assets may be diverted towards fighting the pandemic, it is critical for policymakers to carefully consider how the crisis is being exploited by terrorists and violent extremists. Coherent and co-ordinated policy and legislative efforts are needed to anticipate new dangerous trends and implement timely countermeasures.

On the occasion of the International Day of Parliamentarism, the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean (PAM) and the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT), will hold a joint webinar to take stock of the latest terrorism and violent extremism trends. The event will provide a platform for representatives of more than 65 parliaments to exchange views on how to retain counter-terrorism efforts high on the international agenda during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

The webinar will feature remarks from Gennaro Migliore, Chair of PAM’s Special Parliamentary Committee on Counterterrorism; Reinhold Lopatka, Chair of the OSCE PA’s Ad Hoc Committee on Countering Terrorism; Mauro Miedico, Deputy Director and Chief of Special Projects and Innovation Branch (SPIB) – UNOCT; Amb. Mohamed El-Amine Ould Ikek, Assistant Secretary General for Legal Affairs at the League of Arab States; Amb. Alena Kupchyna, Director of the Transnational Threats Department at the OSCE; and Dr. Andrea Margelletti, President of the International Studies Centre and Advisor to the Ministry of Defense of Italy.//

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