In advance of the High-Level International Conference on Human Rights, Civil Society, and Counter-Terrorism, the Kingdom of Spain and the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism will host a Civil Society Workshop on Enhancing Civil Society Leadership and Promotion and Protection of Human Rights in Counter-Terrorism. The purpose of the Civil Society Workshop is to articulate joint findings and recommendations regarding the implementation of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy, particularly on the meaningful participation of civil society and the promotion and protection of human rights. Outcomes and recommendations from this workshop will be captured in a dedicated Civil Society Outcome Document that will be attached to the main conference Outcome Document, to ensure that civil society's valuable voices are represented.
In addition, there will be six side events. The side events will provide a space to inform, raise awareness, foster understanding, stimulate debate and dialogue, gain political support and influence, and establish networks.
Side events offer a platform for rich discussion to generate innovative and fruitful recommendations regarding some of the most acute counter-terrorism and prevention and countering of violent extremism (CT/PCVE) challenges. The outcomes of these events are expected to enrich the main conference's plenary discussions, to help accelerate global momentum and deepen international commitment to implementing the United Nation's Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy.
The 2022 UNOCT Málaga Conference will bring together Member States, United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Coordination Compact entities, international and regional organizations, human rights and civil society organizations, experts and other stakeholders to engage in a robust and practical exchange of innovative ideas on how to strengthen social cohesion, build resilience, and effectively embed human rights, gender equality and the rule of law into the international community's response to terrorism and violent extremism, while safeguarding and promoting human rights, in particular the rights of women, children, and victims of terrorism.