The Government of Tajikistan, in close co-operation with the OSCE, the United Nations, and the European Union, hosted the high-level conference.
The conference, held 16-17 May, took place in Dushanbe and gathered the foreign ministers of Central Asian participating States, Afghanistan, as well as high-level delegations from other countries, including representatives of regional and international organisations, and diplomatic missions, accredited in Tajikistan. The conference concluded with a Declaration, which was adopted by the participating delegations.
The Declaration emphasizes that “illicit drug trafficking continue to pose one of the major threats to international peace and security and undermine sustainable development, human rights and the rule of law”. It calls upon “all States to promote and strengthen international co-operation in accordance with all their obligations under international law” and intends to deepen the understanding of links and synergies between efforts to counter terrorist financing, illicit drug trafficking and organized crime, such as illicit trade in natural resources, cultural artefacts, weapons and trafficking in human beings.
The OSCE Programme Office in Dushanbe supported the host country with organizational modalities, the development of conceptual framework for the conference, as well as the Declaration.
In addition to its work on countering and preventing violent extremism and terrorist radicalization, the OSCE also continues to offer its assistance to the Government of Tajikistan in strengthening international legal co-operation in terrorism cases, countering the financing of terrorism and the abuse of the Internet for terrorist purposes, protecting critical energy infrastructure, as well as in safeguarding human rights in counter-terrorism investigations.