UNODC Terrorist Finance Investigations and Disruptions Courses delivered to Afghan Trainers:
Increasing terrorism is the most significant impediment to human security, peace and development in Afghanistan. It has the potential to erode the Afghan population's decades long progress in areas such as education, health, private sector development, youth employment, economic diversification and revenue mobilisation.
The Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, its allies and its stakeholders in the international community has long recognised countering the financing of terrorism as critical to preventing and disrupting the activities of terrorist groups. In every policy statement elaborated since 2002, the Afghan government has recognized the link between terrorism, transnational organised crime and economic crimes, including drug trafficking.
Disrupting terrorist funds by using financial investigation and disruption techniques can be one method to help to reduce risks in the country as well as the wider region. To help Afghanistan better understand and reduce the threats it faces and the vulnerabilities it must address, UNODC delivered both a Terrorist Financial Investigations course and a Financial Disruption Workshop course in March 2018. The courses build professional capacity in financial investigation methods and advanced financial disruption techniques through training in concepts, definitions and operational modalities consistent with Afghan law, and, where relevant, through real life sanitized scenarios. The course was delivered by UNODC's Global Programme against Money Laundering (GPML) in Kazakhstan with support from UNODC's Regional Office for Central Asia.
In the first week, eight Afghan trainer/practitioners from different agencies within Afghanistan delivered a series of short lectures combined with practical sessions based on fictional but localised scenarios to thirteen Afghan practitioners from agencies including FINTRACA, Attorney General's Office, the Ministry of Interior and other agencies.
The second week saw the original eight Afghan trainers/practitioners take part in the Financial Disruption Workshop, again based upon an evolving fictional but realistic scenario which required the participants to apply newly learned techniques and processes to their work. This course forms a third part of an ongoing 'Train the Trainer' programme for Afghanistan being delivered by UNODC, which is intended to enhance the training available by staff for staff within Afghanistan's AML/CFT competent authorities. This is part of a broader work plan for AML/CFT training, which includes, amongst other topics UNSCR 1267/1988 Sanctions. This will be the next course delivered in Afghanistan and is also being delivered in Somalia, Sub Saharan Africa and the MENA region.
The development and first delivery of the UNSCR 1267/1988 Sanctions course was highlighted in the UNSC Monitoring Team's 21 st Report:
UNODC are grateful to those who have supported the development and delivery of this activity including Canada, Japan, Norway, Russia, and USA as well as our partners across the UN and wider international community.