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.
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 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.
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