8th ASEM Conference on Counter-Terrorism

from 10/06/2010 to 11/06/2010
Brussels, Belgium

On 10 and 11 June 2010, the 8th ASEM Conference on Counter-Terrorism was held in Brussels, Belgium. It was hosted by the Belgian Federal Public Service of Foreign Affairs, with the support of the European Union, as part of the preparations for the ASEM 8 Summit on 4 and 5 October 2010.

Jean-Paul Laborde, Director of the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force (CTITF), opened the first session with an overview of the UN Global CT Strategy. The EU CT Coordinator, Gilles de Kerchove, gave hereafter an overview of EU counter- terrorism policies. Counter-Terrorism in Asia was discussed during the next session on the basis of substantial contributions by the three co-sponsors China, the Philippines and Viet Nam, as well as from India, the Republic of Korea and Japan. The functioning and operational value of the Belgian Coordination Unit for Threat Analysis (CUTA) were explained by its Director, André Vandoren. On the second day of the conference, ways and means to protect critical infrastructures and advance aviation security were discussed. These were introduced by respectively the European Commission and Viet Nam, the latter with the support of China. The presentations triggered interactive discussions involving all European and Asian participants in this very successful conference. They can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.

This two-day conference brought together over a hundred senior government officials and experts from ASEM partners. The objectives included measures to address conditions conducive to the spread of terrorism, to prevent and combat terrorism, to help build States' capacities and to ensure respect for human rights and the rule of law. The Conference resulted in a clear indication that sharing of experiences and best practices significantly enhance the fight against terrorism. The results have been embodied in the Chair’s Summary.