New York, August 9, 2020 — The UAE has called on the international community to step up its efforts to combat links between terrorism and organized crime, including by strengthening the legal framework and implementing relevant UnSoties. The United Nations Security Council held an open debate on the threats to international peace and security posed by terrorist acts, in particular links between terrorism and transnational organised crime. In a written statement to the UN Council, the UAE said, “The UAE co-sponsored [resolution 2482 in 2019] because we strongly believe that our efforts to counter international terrorism cannot succeed without cutting all sources of funding, including organised crime.” The UAE also expressed concern for the growing link between crime and terrorism in the backdrop of the novel organized coronavirus pandemic. “The UAE continues to update its legal framework and strengthen law enforcement efforts to combat and criminalise terrorist financing, and have also implemented the recent recommendations of the Financial Action Task Force to strengthen its fight against money laundering and the financing of terrorist systems,” the statement continued. The country also reaffirmed that the UN system must hold Member States accountable for their financing of terrorism when it does so, in particular where such measures violate relevant Security Council resolutions and their obligations under the International Convention against Terrorist Financing.
The UAE also stressed the need to strengthen the capacity of governments, the private sector and relevant institutions to combat the threats posed by terrorism and organised crime by providing human, financial and logistical resources, in particular in the most affected regions and countries. It also noted the need to work to dismantle and dismantle trafficking networks in order to adapt to the evolving methods of terrorist and criminal groups. The statement goes on to say: “The UAE’s financial intelligence services are trained and equipped with the necessary tools to analyse and investigate suspicious transactions. In addition, the Central Bank provides training to combat money laundering at national and regional level, in addition to implementing measures to address emerging challenges related to terrorist financing. “The UAE has also launched the GoAML Programme, which collects and analyses financial information on combating money laundering and terrorist financing in cooperation with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.” Under lining the need for greater cooperation at the local, regional and international levels to combat transnational threats, the UAE noted that it is a founding member of the Financial Action Task Force for the East and North Africa. , which plays an important role in the exchange of information between financial intelligence agencies in order to combat the financing of terrorism in the region.