Under the bilateral project with Egypt, which is funded by the Government of Japan, the UNODC's Terrorism Prevention Branch (UNODC/TPB) organized a national workshop on good practices for countering transport-related (civil aviation and maritime) terrorism offences in Alexandria, Egypt from 13 to 15 May 2017.
The workshop brought together 35 criminal justice and law enforcement officials representing Egypt's Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Interior, Supreme Court, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Ministry of Interior, Anti-Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing Unit and Military Judiciary. In addition, experts from Lebanon, the International Civil Aviation Organization and the International Maritime Organization took part in the event and shared their relevant experiences.
The workshop helped raise awareness among participants about the international counter-terrorism legal framework, and specifically the instruments used to address civil aviation and maritime navigation. In addition, the event formed a good platform for the exchange of good practices for investigating and prosecuting terrorist attacks targeting civil aviation and maritime navigation.
Thorough discussions took place between participants and experts on emerging terrorist threats targeting civil aviation and maritime navigation, including cyber-attacks. Finally, due to the importance that the transportation sector represents to the national economy, participants requested follow-up engagements and further UNODC/TPB specialized technical assistance aimed at strengthening the capacity of judiciary and law enforcement officers on this topic.