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Open briefing of the Counter-Terrorism Committee on the nexus between international terrorism and transnational organized crime
8 Oct 2018 -  The aims of the open briefing, which is organized in cooperation with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI), are to (i) help strengthen the understanding of the nexus as it pertains to criminal activities linked to trafficking in persons committed for the purpose of supporting terrorism, the nexus between drug trafficking and terrorism, and arms trafficking and terrorism; and (ii) promote a discussion of responses.
Terrorists may benefit directly or indirectly from transnational organized crime, whether financially or operationally. From a financing perspective, direct or indirect involvement in illegal activities represents an attractive source of funding. With respect to operational support, terrorists may use services provided by organized criminal groups, including the counterfeiting of travel documents, the provision of firearms, and the use of trafficking and smuggling routes to relocate from conflict zones.
The first panel will address the issue of trafficking in persons where it is committed for the purpose of supporting terrorism (whether for recruitment, as a terrorist strategy, or as a source of funding). The second panel will focus on the nexus between drugs and terrorism and the involvement of terrorists in illicit drug trafficking.
The third panel will focus on the linkages between terrorism and illicit trafficking in firearms, including initiatives currently being undertaken by, inter alia, INTERPOL and the UN Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects.