On 26 April 2019, the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Committee, the ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee, and the Taliban Sanctions Committee hosted a Joint Special meeting to discuss the nexus between international terrorism and organized crime. Participants included Security Council members, UN Member States, academic institutions, international and regional organizations, as well as partners from the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate’s (CTED) Global Research Network.
Opening of the Joint Special meeting.
In his opening remarks, H.E. Gustavo Meza-Cuadra, Chair of the Counter-Terrorism Committee, stressed the need to coordinate efforts at all levels to effectively respond to the challenges posed by the links between the two areas. He also highlighted the importance “to address these matters in a more coordinated manner at the law enforcement and prosecutorial levels as we have seen with the creation of joint investigative units and prosecution authorities.”
H.E. Dian Triansyah Djani, Chair of the ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee, as well as of the Taliban Sanctions Committee, stated that there is a “need to develop a more structured cooperation and information sharing to enable us to address these challenges in an effective way.”
The United Nations Counter-Terrorism Committee, the ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee, and the Taliban Sanctions Committee hosted a Joint Special meeting to discuss the nexus between international terrorism and organized crime.
The main purpose of the meeting was to address regional specificities, as well as strategies, responses, and lessons learned in addressing the linkages between terrorism and organized crime, and underline the need for strengthened domestic, regional, and international cooperation in this area. Interactions and synergies between terrorists and criminal groups may take a number of forms, including simple coexistence in the same territory, the development of ad hoc alliances based on a common interest, and the convergence or merging of activities.
Agenda for the Joint Special meeting
Chairs’ summary Joint Special Meeting
Presentations and remarks:
Ms Florence Keen, Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies
Mr Juan Belikow, Argentine Council for International Relations
Mr. Andrés Eduardo Jiménez Camargo, Office of the Attorney-General, Colombia
Ms. Maria Fernanda Sarmiento, Inter-American Committee against Terrorism, Organization of American States
Mr. Antonin Tisseron, UNODC Regional Office for West and Central Africa
Mr. Boubacar Oumarou Issaka, Central Office for the Repression of Illicit Drugs Trafficking, Niger (Presentation) (Remarks)
Major Chidi Egbom, Lake Chad Basin Commission
Mr. Mohammed Sinan Siyech, ICPVTR at S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies
Mr. Gulamzhan Anarbaev, State Financial Intelligence Service of the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic (Presentation ENG) (Presentation RU) (Remarks RU)
Mr. Roberton G. Lapuz, National Intelligence Coordinating Agency, The Philippines
Mr. Aibek Turdukulov, Eurasian Group on Combating Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism
Mr. Rajan Basra, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, King’s College London
Mr. Luigi Marini, Permanent Mission of Italy to the United Nations
Mr. Kristian Bartholin, Council of Europe Committee on Counter-Terrorism
Mr. Masood Karimipour, Terrorism Prevention Branch, UNODC
Ms. Elisabeth Neugebauer, INTERPOL
Mr. Leif Villadsen, UNICRI
Interventions from the floor:
Remarks by the Delegation of Kazakhstan
Remarks by the Permanent Mission of Afghanistan to the United Nations
More photos from the meeting can be found on CTED’s Flickr
Full video Part 1
Full video Part 2