National Workshop on Strengthening the Use of Advanced Investigative Techniques and Cross-Border Investigations in Accordance with UNSCR 2396 (2017) in Kazakhstan

26 - 27 February 2020, Nur-Sultan - The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Terrorism Prevention Branch and the Regional Office for Central Asia, jointly with the Academy of the Law Enforcement Agencies under the Office of the Prosecutor General of the Republic of Kazakhstan organized a National Workshop on "Strengthening the use of advanced investigative techniques and cross-border investigations in accordance with UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 2396 (2017)". This two-day workshop took place within the UNODC project aimed at supporting the implementation of UNSCR 2396 (2017)-related investigation capacities and cooperation against transnational and cross-border terrorism in Central Asia, South Asia and North Africa, funded by the U.S. Government.

Adopted in 2017 in response to the growing challenges related to cross-border movement of foreign terrorist fighters (FTFs), UNSCR 2396 calls upon Member-States to take effective measures to address the threats posed by FTFs and imposes certain international legal obligations upon Member-States in the areas related to border security and information exchange.

This workshop was organised to support the efforts of national government agencies to implement the Resolution. The event brought together 40 participants, including representatives of law enforcement bodies and other relevant Kazakh and multilateral agencies and international experts to discuss challenges related to cross-border movement of FTFs and strategies and measures that states can  develop and implement to enhance border security cooperation at the intra-agency and inter-agency level.  Notably, this includes cross-border investigations and strengthened capacity to detect, intercept and monitor individuals involved in terrorism-related activities in border areas.

Experts representing IATA, INTERPOL, IOM, OSCE, US, UNOCT, UNODC, and WCO facilitated the workshop by sharing their expertise and international practices. The sessions addressed current good practices, case studies, and practical examples applicable to the current international framework to identify and detect FTFs, including the use of databases, Advanced Passenger Information (API) and Passenger Name Record (PNR) systems, and watchlists in counter terrorism and border security contexts.

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