Helping the authorities in Mali go after the terrorists' money
Mali faces a unique combination of threats associated with various kinds of illicit trafficking and terrorism. Disrupting terrorist funding by using targeted financial sanctions is an excellent way to reduce threats in the country, and by extension, the region. To help better understand and reduce these threats, between 21-24 February 2018, UNODC delivered its newly-created course on UNSCR 1267/1988 sanctions and advanced financial disruption techniques. Financial disruption techniques are methods, in addition to traditional techniques such as prosecution, which allow MS to reduce threats posed by terrorist networks by targeting their ability to raise , move use and store money.
The course was delivered by UNODC's Global Programme against Money Laundering (GPML) office in Dakar, Senegal, with support from GPML's Vienna HQ team. Fifteen practitioners from different law enforcement agencies worked together through a series of practical sessions and short lectures which culminated in the preparation of a designation file for individual suspected of terrorist financing pursuant to UNSCR 1267/1988. A designation file allows the UN Security Council to assess if the individual/entity is acting contrary to Resolution 1267.
As one of the participants said: "This programme helped us to identify how to reduce threats, including by using information from intelligence services.During this process, it became clear that working with multiple agencies helps us to process operational information. This programme is a new and effective alternative to traditional methods of countering the financing of terrorism - it works because we take the early initiative, plan and put in place our disruption activities."
The introductory course has now prepared Malian Counter-Financing of Terrorism experts for a more advanced course to be delivered at a later date.
UNODC has planned to deliver this course in Somalia, Afghanistan, MENA region, Kazakhstan in the next six months. This course is of great importance because it is the only available course on this topic, it was jointly created by the UNSCR 1267/1988 Monitoring Team, UNODC's Global Programme against Money-Laundering and Terrorism Prevention Branch (TPB) along with UNOCT, UN CTED and INTERPOL. The development and first delivery of this course was also recognized in the UNSC Monitoring Team's 21 st Report:
UNODC is grateful to those who supported this work including Norway, Canada, Japan, USA, Russia and our partners across the "One UN" system.
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