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13 June 2002

New Strategies To Counter Terrorism During Major Events To Be Discussed By International Experts At Meeting in Turin (Italy)

VIENNA, 13 June (UN Information Service) -- Specific strategies to prevent "terrorism during major events" will be discussed by a group of international experts at an upcoming meeting being held in Turin. The "closed-door" meeting, "International Terrorism: Prevention Strategies during Major Events. Possible training programs / Building public awareness for the upcoming Winter Olympic Games - Turin 2006," is being organized by the UN Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute and will take place on June 17, 2002, at the UNICRI Headquarters in Turin, Italy.

A number of distinguished high-level officials from Interpol, Europol, Federal Bureau of Investiga-tion (FBI), US Department of Justice Office for Domestic Preparedness, HQ Allied Forces Southern Europe, Swedish Defence Research Agency, Italian Carabinieri, the UN Terrorism Prevention Branch/Centre for International Crime Prevention (Vienna), an expert indicated by the International Olympic Committee, the Olympic Committee for the 2006 Winter Olympic Games, the Department of Political Affairs of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Italian Ministry of Public Function, the Office of the Prosecutor (Turin), the Centre for Studies on New Religions (CESNUR) and the BGS Advertisement Agency will attend this event.

The goals of this meeting are three-fold. Firstly to have an open discussion on the new terrorism prevention strategies during major events in the aftermath of the recent terrorist attacks. The second objective of the day's proceedings is to hold a brainstorming session on terrorism and public infor-mation, related to the Winter Olympic Games, Turin 2006.

The third pillar of this initiative is a thorough analysis on a possible elaboration of specific training strategies for law enforcement and other agencies involved in the 2006 Turin event.

The meeting is part of the "International Terrorism Prevention Strategies during Major Events" initiative, funded by a local banking Foundation, Compagnia di San Paolo.

The follow-up to this meeting will take place in November with an International Symposium organized in Turin, in collaboration with Europol.

For further information please contact: United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute, Tel+39-(0)11-6537113 or email: cappe@unicri.it


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