UNODC Terrorism Prevention Branch Launched a Project under Japanese Funding to Assist Egypt in Countering Terrorism
A workshop on the implementation of international law against terrorism and countering terrorist financing was held in Cairo, Egypt, from 28 to 30 April 2014, as a part of a Plan of Action established between the Government of Egypt and the Terrorism Prevention Branch (TPB) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) for which several specialized technical assistance activities are foreseen.
The project is financed by the Government of Japan under its supplementary budget under the framework of the TPB's global project on Strengthening the Legal Regime against Terrorism, and its segment for Egypt for 2014-2015. The project is aimed at supporting Egypt's efforts towards the development and implementation of a comprehensive counter-terrorism strategy in the fight against terrorism and to promote an effective and rule of law-based comprehensive criminal justice response to terrorism.
The workshop was opened by H. E. Judge Naier Osman, Minister of Justice, and counted with the participation of senior criminal justice officials from the Ministries of Justice, the Interior, Defence, Central Bank, and State Security Prosecution. Discussions and exchanges were enriched by the active participation and specialized contributions of experts from the Monitoring Team of UN Security Council Resolution 1267/1989 Sanctions Committee, Special Investigative Commission of Lebanon, US Department of Treasury, and New Scotland Yard of the United Kingdom, in addition to UNODC experts.
Responding to the specific request by the Government of Egypt and in accordance with a Plan of Action, UNODC is organizing a second specialized workshop for Egypt in Cairo, in June 2014, on the prevention and fight against terrorist financing, its investigation and prosecution.