Today Central and South Asia Regional Conference on Countering Violent Extremism started in the capital of Kazakhstan.
Delegations from 24 countries, the leadership of the competent agencies of the United States, the European Union and the Russian Federation as well as representatives of the UN, OSCE, SCO and other international organizations, civil society, and leading experts in combating extremism and terrorism attended the Conference.
Prosecutor General of the Republic of Kazakhstan Mr. Askhat Daulbayev launched the Conference.
Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Mr. Karim Massimov and
the Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection Mr. Gil Kerlikowske have delivered welcoming remarks.
Assistant to the President–Secretary of the Security Council of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nurlan Yermekbayev and Chairman of the National Security Committee Nurtay Abykayev have also delivered welcoming remarks.
Astana Conference has become the logical continuation of the Summit on Countering Violent Extremism that was held in Washington in February 2015. The idea of its organization was proposed by Kazakhstan as one of the most active initiators of the integration process in Central Asia. The Republic acceded to the core United Nations conventions on terrorism. The National Anti-terrorist Center, which actively cooperates with similar international and regional structures, has been established in the country. Measures are being taken within the framework of the anti-terrorist structures such as CIS, SCO, CSTO, which are becoming more effective international legal institutions.
Mr. Askhat Daulbayev has noted that the globalized threat of extremism and terrorism dictates a deeper consolidation of efforts of the entire international community, development of effective counter strategies. This is an extremely difficult task of which success determines the safety of the world. Therefore, the joint efforts should be primarily aimed at the prevention and countering the spread of radical ideology, the establishment of mutually beneficial dialogue with all constructive actors, which are ready to fight against violent extremism.
The main focus of the agenda is the issues related to the development of effective policies on prevention of the growth of violent extremism and suppression of its drivers.
During the first day of the Conference the participants discussed causes and conditions creating extremism and threats of radical groups as well as the problems associated with the spread of extremist ideas in social networks and Internet, and recruitment of foreign fighters.
There were active discussions on the issues concerning the development of national strategies and plans to combat extremism. State strategies on combating various forms of extremism and radicalism, joint measures on detection and countering the financing of terrorism, illicit trafficking of weapons and drugs, the exchange of experience and information in the field of prevention of radical manifestations have been discussed.
In support of the efforts of states to combat extremism, the role of public and non-governmental organizations, the importance of the active engagement of civil society leaders as well as youth, women, representatives of religious organizations have been especially highlighted.
A particular session of the Conference has been dedicated to the application of innovative approaches in this area. The participants have been provided by the review of the best practices of the law enforcement agencies of different countries, public engagement methods, and successful experience of implementation of the civil society initiatives.
The outcomes of the CVE Conference in Istanbul “the Role of Civil Society” have been presented to the participants.
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan Mr. Erlan Idrissov announced the final document that has been adopted in the end of the first day of the Conference.
In the Statement, the participants reaffirmed their readiness to foster the joint efforts to combat violent extremism, expand mutually beneficial cooperation for the sake of regional and international security. For these purposes, it deemed necessary to develop a comprehensive regional program aimed at creating an effective anti-terrorist strategy. These initiatives will be presented at the UN General Assembly in New York in September this year.
A press conference with participation of Prosecutor General Mr. Askhat Daulbayev, Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection Mr. Gil Kerlikowske, Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr.Erlan Idrissov, Chairman of the National Security Committee Mr.Nurtay Abykayev took place following the meeting.