Combating the financing of terrorism and proliferation in the Middle East and Northern Africa
A regional conference for the Middle East and Northern Africa (MENA) region on the effective implementation of the Security Council resolutions, UN Conventions and international standards on countering the financing of terrorism and proliferation concluded in Amman on 2 October 2013.
CTED, the Middle East and North Africa Financial Action Task Force (MENAFATF), and the Anti Money Laundering and Counter Terrorist Financing Unit of Jordan (AMLU) organized the two-day event.
During the conference, representatives of 13 Member States of the MENA region and officials of several international and regional organizations examined the existing international legal framework on the fight against money-laundering, the financing of terrorism and proliferation.
Tackling the financing of terrorism is a powerful way to disrupt terrorist activity and deter those willing to finance terrorist acts, and helps dismantle terrorist networks by cutting off access to resources. Member States face many challenges in their efforts to implement effective measures in accordance with the relevant international standards, including the provisions of Security Council resolution 1373 (2001).
Participants discussed recent developments in this area and exchanged expertise on the challenges encountered by States in the application of international requirements. They also shared best practices developed to overcome those challenges while fully respecting human rights and the rule of law.
The conference also included discussions on the implementation of Security Council resolutions 1718 (2006) and 1874 (2009), which require Member States to apply enhanced vigilance in respect of transactions that could contribute to the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
CTED will continue to facilitate the provision of technical assistance to Member States of the MENA region to enhance their capacities to implement the provisions of resolution 1373 (2001) on countering terrorism financing.