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A View to a Border: 1. Cross-border cooperation & Information sharing

About This Webinar

Cross-border cooperation & information sharing at a glance: Previous experiences and success stories in the context of counter terrorism and related transnational organized crime

- Introduction to the webinar series thematic areas and case studies
I. Western Europe: Spain’s experience from 11-M to the 2017 Barcelona attacks
II. West Africa: The Accra Initiative: Operation Koudanlgou II & III
III. Western Balkans: UNCCT-INTERPOL Project HOTSPOT
- Interactive Dialogue: Previous Experiences & Success Stories
- Q & A

Understanding, anticipating, and effectively addressing current and emerging terrorism and security threats are critically important but are also among the most challenging tasks of the law enforcement community. Terrorists and their affiliates often move across borders and regions in order to recruit, establish new cells and areas of influence, plan and organize attacks, avoid detection and arrest, finance their activities, and return to their countries of origin.

Timely access to critical information about identified or suspected terrorist activity is central to counter-terrorism efforts. The exchange of information and cross-border cooperation are critical tools for investigations into transnational crimes as well as for the identification of terrorists and foreign terrorist fighters (FTFs) (including returnees and relocators) as well as the organized criminal networks that facilitate their travel. Enhancing the sharing of operational information on terrorists and FTFs, including biometric data, assists in building situational awareness of travel routes and modus operandi so that coordinated measures for prevention and prosecution may be strategically implemented. However, information exchange and inter-agency cooperation, both within and between countries, while routinely touted as critical components of border security and management, have historically been difficult to achieve and remain significant challenges.

In achieving strong and enforceable counter-terrorism frameworks, countries must adopt effective border controls, issue secure travel documents, with the corollary need to exchange operational information concerning terrorists and foreign terrorist fighters and expand cross-border criminal investigations. Having adequate operational procedures and policy mechanisms in place allows law enforcement agencies to effectively address the foreign terrorist fighter phenomenon and tackle the linkages between terrorism and transnational organized crime.

Equally important, however, is that the collection, use, and sharing of operational data, including biometrics is done in a responsible manner in line with Member States’ obligations under domestic and international law, in particular obligations under international human rights law, refugee law, and humanitarian law. Respect for human rights and the rule of law is complementary with effective counter-terrorism measures and essential to successful counter-terrorism efforts.

The objective of the webinar is to awareness of the need to address terrorist threats and cross-border challenges through effective information sharing within a regional approach. Furthermore, it will offer a platform to highlight the importance of inter-agency coordination and cooperation at the national, regional and interregional levels in the adoption and implementation of operational response measures within a rule of law framework to comply with the obligations set forth in the relevant international instruments (especially those on human rights, refugee and international humanitarian law) to enable Member States to better address the terror-crime nexus and effectively protect their borders against potential incursions by terrorists, traffickers and other transnational criminals. Finally, it will also enable representatives of LEAs to discuss common issues and share identified good practices and lessons learned on the available tools and technological developments.

Who can view: Everyone
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Featured Presenters
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Editor Border Security Report / World Security Report
Editor of Border Security Report and Director of the World Border Security Congress
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Head Border Security and Management Unit, United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre (UNCCT)
Rocco Messina is currently heading the Border Security and Management Unit at the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre (UNCCT) within the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT). In this tenure, he is managing a multi-year global programme mandated to support the inclusion of the counter-terrorism elements in the UN Member States' border security strategies through technical assistance and capacity-building activities.

Prior to this appointment, from 2011 to 2017, Mr. Messina served as Head of the Border Management Section at the United Nations Department of Peace Keeping Operations (DPKO) United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) implementing a capacity-building portfolio to design a comprehensive on Haitian national border mational planpolicy. His leadership and matter expertise were instrumental to the creation of the Haitian Technical Border Commission, the Customs Police, as well as a specialized branch of the Haitian National Police in charge of securing the land borders. Mr. Messina started his professional career in 1990 after a two-year military police academy training with the Counter-terrorism branch of the Italian Guardia di Finanza (Italian Military Police).

During his 25-year long career, he was deployed to several field missions, at both national and international levels, focusing mainly on counter-terrorism and border security matters. He was bestowed with several national and international medals and awards for the successful completion of his high-risk duties. Between September 2006 and May 2007, Mr. Messina was deployed in Herat Afghanistan with NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Mission as Training Programme Officer, where he developed a training programme for the Afghan Border Police.

Mr.Messina holds a master’s degree in literature and a degree in international law and he speaks fluently English, Spanish and French.
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Principal SSR-RoL Adviser, UN Special Adviser to the President of Burkina Faso, UN
Badreddine El harti is currently a Principal Rule of Law and Security Institutions Adviser with the United Nations (UNRCO-DPPA) and Special Adviser to the President of Burkina Faso.

Previously, he has been the Deputy, Policy and Doctrine at the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations in New York (2011-2015). He has served and supported rule of law and security sector governance and reform processes for the United Nations in Haiti, Central African Republic, Libya and Yemen. At a national level, he held senior positions in the defense institution, including chief of CT research and director of joint intelligence training. Badreddine holds a PhD in Humanities from Med fifth University on “Cross cultural communication” (2001), a Master in Strategic Studies from the Air University (2008) in Alabama, US., and an aeronautical engineering diploma, Marrakech (1988).
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Head, Immigration and Border Management (IBM), International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Since August 2014, Mr. Florian G. Forster serves as the Head of IOM’s Immigration and Border Management Division (IBM) at IOM Headquarters (HQ) in Geneva/Switzerland. He is responsible for developing and overseeing IOM's global approach to activities in the field of immigration, identity and border management.

Mr. Forster oversees a team of senior IBM specialists and staff in HQ and provides technical oversight to the senior IBM specialists posted in IOM’s Regional Offices and the African Capacity Building Center on Migration and Border Management (ACBC) in Moshi/Tanzania.

IOM implements around 250 Immigration and Border Management projects across the globe at any given time with total project expenditures of 124 million USD in 2018.

Several hundred colleagues are directly involved in implementing IOM’s IBM activities in technical areas such as: Border Management (incl. Integrated Border Management), Border Management Information Systems (BMIS), Humanitarian Border Management (HBM) in Crisis Situations, Border Security, Community Policing, Legal Identity/Identity Management and Travel Documents including e-passports, the Responsible Use of Biometrics, Advance Passenger Information/Passenger Name Records (API/PNR), Border Management and Development/Trade, Regional Free Movement Regimes, Immigration Detention and Alternatives to Detention, Regularization of Irregular Entry and Stay, Readmission, Counter Migrant Smuggling (CMS), Visa Policy, Visa Application Services, Immigration Verification Programs, Family Reunification Support, etc..

Before his current posting, Mr. Forster worked as IOM’s Chief of Mission in Hanoi/Vietnam (2009/2014), Head of IOM’s Special Liaison Mission in Paris/France (2005/2009), Head of Office of IOM Berne/Switzerland (2000/2005), and Program Officer and Acting Chief of Mission of IOM in Phnom Penh/Cambodia (1995/1998).

Prior to his work with IOM, Mr. Forster served as Legal Officer and Head of Legal Unit for the City of Munich/Germany on refugee, migration and youth matters, and as Civil Servant for the Bavarian Ministry of Justice (1999 & 1991/1995).
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Senior Expert, United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism - United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre (UNOCT-UNCCT)
Esther Zubiri joined the State Attorney-General’s Office of Spain in 1998, where she has developed her professional career over twenty-two years as a State Attorney specialized in counter terrorism. She currently works as a senior expert in the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre (UNCCT) within the United Nations Office of Counter Terrorism (UNOCT). Formerly, she served as the Chief of Rule of Law and Human Rights at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Afghanistan. In 2012, she was appointed as the Agent of the Kingdom of Spain to the European Court of Human Rights and the Council of Europe, representing Spain at the Committee of Experts on Terrorism (CODEXTER). From 2014 to 2019, she worked as a Senior Legal Specialist at Inter-American Committee against Terrorism of the Organization of American States. As State Attorney Chief, she worked at the National Court, the High Court of Justice of the Basque Country, the Central Economic-Administrative Court, the State Tax Administration Agency, and the Ministries of Justice and Interior, where she led the prosecution on several high-profile terrorist cases. She served as a counselor at the Permanent Mission of Spain to the United Nations and the Embassy of Spain in the United States of America. She holds a JD and a Master’s Degree in Law from the Comillas Pontifical University of Madrid (ICADE). She has been awarded with the Merit Cross of the Spanish National Police and the Silver Cross of the Spanish Civil Guard.
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Programme Management Officer, OSCE Transnational Treats Department /Border Security and Management Unit
Ms. Albina Yakubova has been working for the OSCE Secretariat’s Transnational Treats Department Border Security and Management Unit in Programme Management Officer capacity since 2013. She is responsible for the development, planning and implementation of border programmes/projects on prevention of cross-border movement of FTFs/criminals, delimitation and demarcation practices, cooperation in the Mediterranean region and other areas.

Before joining OSCE Albina provided expert contribution to the regional and global projects on precursor control, terrorism prevention, anti-human trafficking in UNODC ROCA and UNODC Headquarters/INCB Secretariat.
Project management, expertise on precursors control, crime/terrorism prevention, border security and management, behavioral analysis, transferring expert knowledge and efficient practices, professional communication on all levels stand out among her skills and know-how.

Albina is a holder of two Master Degrees in Criminal Law and the European Law a number of certified trainings in the above-mentioned thematic areas.
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