CGCC hosted this seminar in cooperation with the Directorate for External Relations of the European Commission, focused on raising awareness of the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy, particularly its human rights elements, and how the European Union’s work on counterterrorism while promoting and protecting human rights are compatible with the Strategy. Representatives from the European Commission, the European Council, and the European Parliament were joined by UN officials and nongovernmental experts for this off-the-record event.

Participants included Karel Kovander, Deputy Director General Responsible for Common Foreign and Security Policy at the European Commission; Lars-Gunnar Wigemark, Head of Security Policy in the European Commission’s Directorate General for External Relations; Jean-Paul Laborde, Special Advisor to the Under-Secretary General in the UN Department of Political Affairs; Linnea Arvidsson, Human Rights Officer in the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights’ Regional Office for Europe; Gilles de Kerchove, EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator; and Micheal Merker, Policy Officer on Counter-Terrorism in the European Commission’s General Directorate for External Relations.

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