UN / COUNTERING FINANCING TERRORISM

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At its first ever meeting at Finance Ministers’ level, the United Nations Security Council Thursday stepped up its efforts to cut off all sources of funding for the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq (ISIL) and other terrorist groups, including ransom payments, no matter by whom. UNIFEED-UNTV
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DATELINE: 17 DECEMBER 2015, NEW YORK CITY / RECENT
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RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1 Exterior, UN Headquarters

17 DECEMBER 2015, NEW YORK CITY

2. Pan left, Security Council members voting
3. Med shot, Security Council president reading the result of the voting
4. Wide shot, Secretary-General speaking to the Security Council
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations:
“Today’s Security Council resolution will help intensify our efforts, identify new vulnerabilities, and advance stronger and more efficient regulatory regimes, with due regard for human rights.”
6. Med shot, delegates
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations:
“As we fight terrorists, let us also take special measures to ensure that we do not harm migrants or refugees, and their communities of origin.”
8. Pan right, Security Council members
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Je-Yoon Shin, President of the Financial Action Task Force:
“The FATF (Financial Action Task Force) is a task force with a time-limited mandate. This focuses our work and can make us responsive and flexible. But it also means we depend on the good will and support of members to implement and assess the FATF standards and to share their knowledge of the changing threats.”
10. Med shot, delegates
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Jacob J. Lew, Secretary of the Treasury:
“As many of you know, ISIL is a challenging financial target. Unlike other terror groups, ISIL derives a relatively small share of its funding from donors abroad. Instead, ISIL generates wealth from economic activity and resources within territory under its control.”
12. Med shot, delegates
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Jacob J. Lew, Secretary of the Treasury:
“This resolution is a critical step, but the real test will be determined by the actions we each take after adoption.”
14. Med shot, delegate
15. SOUNDBITE (French) Michel Sapin, Minister of Finance and Public Accounts of France:
“The resolution which we have just adopted brings a number of concrete responses. It recognizes Daech as the identity to combat. It identifies the means of financing, specific means of financing terrorist entities. They’re trafficking in oil, antiquities, art work, ransom, extortion. Trafficking in human beings. This resolution provides us with a legal means to stop them from assets freezes pf assets of individuals who are linked to financing such organizations throughout the world.”
16. Pan right, Security Council chamber
17. Wide shot, Syrian ambassador walking to the stakeout position
18. Med shot, journalist asking questions
19. SOUNDBITE (English) Bashar Jaafari, Syrian Permanent Representative to the United Nations:
“We expect after the adoption of this Resolution the Security Council to carry out its responsibilities, as required; and to tolerate no more the fact that some well-known governments support and finance terrorism that targets the Syrian State and the Syrian people. Those well-known governments also bring and facilitate the passage of foreign terrorist fighters into Syria and to train and arm them, as well as their involvement in direct and indirect trafficking of oil and looting Syrian cultural property with terrorists.”

RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

20. Close up, camera

17 DECEMBER 2015, NEW YORK CITY

21. Wide shot, Syrian ambassador leaving the stakeout position
STORYLINE
At its first ever meeting at Finance Ministers’ level, the United Nations Security Council today (17 Dec) stepped up its efforts to cut off all sources of funding for the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq (ISIL) and other terrorist groups, including ransom payments, no matter by whom.

In a unanimously adopted resolution at a session presided over by Treasury Secretary Jack Lew of the United States, which holds its monthly presidency, the 15-member body called for enhanced actions, from closing financial system loopholes to stopping the abuse of charitable causes, as well as updating the existing Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and Al-Qaida Sanctions List.

The resolution called for increased international cooperation in sharing information and closer collaboration with the private sector to identify suspect transactions.

The Council also called on Member States to promote enhanced vigilance by persons within their jurisdiction to detect any diversion of explosives and raw materials and components that can be used to manufacture improvised explosive devices or unconventional weapons, including chemical components, detonators, detonating cord, or poisons.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the Security Council, “Today’s Security Council resolution will help intensify our efforts, identify new vulnerabilities, and advance stronger and more efficient regulatory regimes, with due regard for human rights.”

Stressing a critical point, Ban said, “As we fight terrorists, let us also take special measures to ensure that we do not harm migrants or refugees, and their communities of origin.”

He also urged the Council to complement its effort today with concrete action to ensure that this historic meeting shuts down funding channels for terrorists groups, prevents attacks, and builds a safer more secure world for all.

Ban also called for increased international cooperation in sharing information and expertise, especially in stopping the illegal trade of cultural artefacts, and closer cooperation with the private and charitable sectors to identify suspected transactions.

Also speaking at the meeting, Je-Yoon Shin, President of the Financial Action Task Force, said, “The FATF (Financial Action Task Force) is a task force with a time-limited mandate. This focuses our work and can make us responsive and flexible. But it also means we depend on the good will and support of members to implement and assess the FATF standards and to share their knowledge of the changing threats.”

In his national capacity, the US Secretary of the Treasury Jacob J. Lew said, “As many of you know, ISIL is a challenging financial target. Unlike other terror groups, ISIL derives a relatively small share of its funding from donors abroad. Instead, ISIL generates wealth from economic activity and resources within territory under its control.”

He added, “This resolution is a critical step, but the real test will be determined by the actions we each take after adoption.”

The Minister of Finance and Public Accounts of France Michel Sapin told the Security Council, “The resolution which we have just adopted brings a number of concrete responses. It recognizes Daech as the identity to combat. It identifies the means of financing, specific means of financing terrorist entities.”

He pointed out, “ They’re trafficking in oil, antiquities, art work, ransom, extortion. Trafficking in human beings. This resolution provides us with a legal means to stop them from assets freezes pf assets of individuals who are linked to financing such organizations throughout the world.”

Meanwhile, outside the Security Council, the Syrian ambassador Bashar Jaafari told the press that his government welcomed the adoption of the resolution, of which Syria is a co-sponsor.

He said, “We expect after the adoption of this Resolution the Security Council to carry out its responsibilities, as required; and to tolerate no more the fact that some well-known governments support and finance terrorism that targets the Syrian State and the Syrian people.”

Jaafari also emphasized “those well-known governments also bring and facilitate the passage of foreign terrorist fighters into Syria and to train and arm them, as well as their involvement in direct and indirect trafficking of oil and looting Syrian cultural property with terrorists.”
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