CTED Brief Member States on Incitement, Financing of Terrorism
On 12 September, the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) briefed Member States on the role of national Financial Intelligence Units (FIU) and on the key importance of Security Council resolution 1624 (2005). The meeting was open to delegates from all Member States, and was chaired by Ambassador Mohammed Loulichki, Permanent Representative of Morocco to the United Nations, and Chairman of the Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee. The recently-appointed Executive Director of CTED, Jean-Paul Laborde, offered the opening remarks.
Ms Delphine Schantz, senior legal officer in CTED, made a presentation on the role FIUs have in counter-terrorism investigations. Among their many key objectives, these units prevent money laundering and financing of terrorism. Additionally, they assist in the apprehension and prosecution of offenders through the provision of an evidentiary link. Download the full presentation here.
For his part, Mr Edward Flynn, senior human rights officer in CTED, presented an update on the implementation of SC resolution 1624 (2005) which, from among several other provisions, not only calls upon States to prohibit and prevent incitement to commit acts of terrorism, but concerns itself with promoting international efforts to enhance dialogue and broaden understanding. An important aspect of this resolution is that it stresses the importance for Member States to comply with all obligations under international law, including human rights law. Download the full presentation here.
Resolution 1624 and the question of the financing of terrorism are two of the key mandates on which CTED works, and they are an important component of the overall counter-terrorism strategy in the United Nations System.