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Review of the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy

Member States are currently reviewing the progress made in the implementation of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy with a view to a further improvement of international cooperation and coordination in the fight against terrorism at the UN. In addition, a symposium on the Support of Victims of Terrorism will take place on September 9. Our involvement in the review will fully correspond to the strong importance the Czech foreign policy attaches to international cooperation in this area.

Member States are currently reviewing the progress made in the implementation of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy with a view to a further improvement of international cooperation and coordination in the fight against terrorism in the UN framework. The program of the 62nd General Assembly should include work on a new resolution that would encompass all main recommendations gathered in the discussions among member states.

On September 9 a symposium on the support of victims of terrorism should take place at the UN seat in NY. Not only states, but also representatives of civil society, media, regional organizations as well as victims of terrorist acts should take part in the Symposium. Its aim should be exchange of experience and best practices in the support of victims of terrorism. It should also provide a forum for a dialog between UN member states and victims of terrorism.

International cooperation is of key importance in the prevention and fight against terrorism. The Czech Republic takes an active part in the counter-terrorist initiatives not only in the UN framework, but also in other international organizations and particularly the European Union. It will coordinate its actions with other EU member states also vis-à-vis the review of the implementation of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy.

Fight against terrorism finds its reflection, to certain extent, in most aspects of European integration. European Counter-Terrorism Strategy and Action Plan to Fight Terrorism, European Security Strategy and the Hague Program are just examples of important documents biding on the Czech Republic in this area. Boj proti terorismu se v určité míře promítá do většiny aspektů evropské integrace. The most important document encompassing all major aspects of the counter-terrorist strategy of the Czech Republic is the National Action Plan to Combat Terrorism (whose most recent version for the years 2007-2009 was approved by the Czech government on April 11, 2008). (Its Czech version can be found HERE).

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