The workshop is organised by the OSCE Transnational Threats Department’s Action against Terrorism Unit, with the support of the OSCE Mission to Skopje, and in close partnership with the UN Counter Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (UNCTED), INTERPOL, and the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT).
How to strengthen critical infrastructure against terrorist attacks is being explored at a three-day regional expert workshop for national representatives from eight OSCE participating States in South-Eastern Europe, which opened on 19 November 2019 in Skopje.
The workshop engages more than 40 experts from international and regional organizations, research institutes and the private sector, and focuses on current initiatives and challenges to respective national strategies on protecting critical infrastructure. The event aims to give an overview of the threat landscape for different critical sectors, including so called “soft” targets, highlighting both physical and cyber threats.
The workshop aims at supporting OSCE participating States in implementing UN Security Council resolution 2341 (2017), which calls on Member States to address the danger of terrorist attacks against critical infrastructure and consider measures in developing national strategies and policies, in addition to other relevant resolutions. Throughout the workshop, experts have been using the UN Compendium of Good Practices on the Protection of Critical Infrastructure against Terrorist Attacks as a guidance tool.
The OSCE plans to conduct additional regional workshops across the OSCE area in 2020 in co-operation with international and regional partners, as part of the Biannual Action Plan recently concluded with the UNOCT.