The Parliamentary Engagement Office of UNOCT is organizing a side event on how parliamentarians may engage with civil society organizations to enhance core parliamentary functions with respect to counter-terrorism and preventing violent extremism. Speakers will share good practices and examples from Civil Society Organizations and Parliamentarians in promoting human-rights compliant and gender-responsive counter-terrorism and prevention and countering of violent extremism efforts, anchored in the rule of law, through (1) addressing the conditions conducive to terrorism, (2) bringing terrorists to justice and supporting the victims of terrorism, (3) reintegration and rehabilitation efforts from civil society. The aim is to contribute to a shared conceptual understanding of the role of civil society in engaging with parliamentarians towards enhancing core parliamentary functions, in particular regarding the elaboration of legislation and oversight functions. The side event will be carried out in a hybrid format.
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.