UN / TERRORISM ORGANIZED CRIME

09-Jul-2019 00:01:50
The head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime Yury Fedotov said the connections between terrorism and organized crime are “complex” and “shifting” adding that addressing the linkages between the two “requires the international community to work together to close gaps in criminal justice responses and deny criminals and terrorists any safe haven.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / TERRORISM ORGANIZED CRIME
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DATELINE: 09 JULY 2019, NEW YORK CITY
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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, UNHQ exterior

09 JULY 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. Med shot, delegates
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Yury Fedotov, Executive Director, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC):
“While their objectives may differ, criminals and terrorists share a need to operate in the shadows, exploiting gaps in criminal justice responses in and between countries and regions. Terrorist tactics can be employed by organized criminal groups, while terrorists raise funds through criminal activities. Human trafficking for sexual exploitation, child soldiers and forced labour can be used not only to generate revenue but to strike fear and recruit new fighters.”
5. Wide shot, Security Council
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Yury Fedotov, Executive Director, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC):
“The connections between terrorism and organized crime are complex, and they’re shifting; and more research is needed. As the Security Council has repeatedly recognized, addressing the linkages between transnational organized crime and terrorism requires the international community to work together to close gaps in criminal justice responses and deny criminals and terrorists any safe haven. UNODC stands ready, as always, to support you.”
7. Med shot, ambassadors
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Michèle Coninsx, Executive Director of the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), United Nations:
“Events such as today’s open debate enable us to reaffirm our joint commitment to combating all forms of support for terrorist groups and individuals, as well as to promoting regional and international cooperation through the dissemination of relevant tools and practices.”
9. Wide shot, Security Council
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The head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, Yury Fedotov, said the connections between terrorism and organized crime are “complex” and “shifting” adding that addressing the linkages between the two “requires the international community to work together to close gaps in criminal justice responses and deny criminals and terrorists any safe haven.”

Addressing an open meeting at the Security Council on the linkage between international terrorism and organized crime today (09 Jul), Fedotov stressed that “while their objectives may differ, criminals and terrorists share a need to operate in the shadows, exploiting gaps in criminal justice responses in and between countries and regions.” He said, “Terrorist tactics can be employed by organized criminal groups, while terrorists raise funds through criminal activities. Human trafficking for sexual exploitation, child soldiers and forced labour can be used not only to generate revenue but to strike fear and recruit new fighters.”

Speaking via teleconference from Vienna, Fedotov highlighted priority actions to strengthen the global response to this threat. He called on Member States to effectively implement their international commitments, adding that much more resources must be channelled to provide technical assistance to build up specialized expertise and capacities, including training for law enforcement, coast guards, border and airport officials, prosecutors, judges, prison officers and other relevant officials.

The Head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) also said we need to reinforce investment in mechanisms for inter-agency, regional and international cooperation, including information and intelligence sharing. He added that the UN clearly has role to play in encouraging and enabling such networked responses.

Also speaking at the open debate was Michele Coninsx, the Exceutive Director of the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate, also known as CTED. She said CTED had identified a number of relevant State practices, including the creation of joint investigative units and prosecution authorities to handle both organized crime and terrorism. However, she said CTED continued to note a significant disconnect between the level of concern expressed by policymakers, the implementation of legal frameworks addressing both terrorism and transnational organized crime, and the actual level of investigation and prosecution of cases involving both criminal and terrorist groups.

Coninsx recognized that the links can take different forms, depending on the geographic, political and economic contexts, but stressed that there were some specific areas that could be explored in greater depth, both to better understand the link and to address them in a more effective way.

She added, “Events such as today’s open debate enable us to reaffirm our joint commitment to combating all forms of support for terrorist groups and individuals, as well as to promoting regional and international cooperation through the dissemination of relevant tools and practices.”
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