Specialized Workshop on the Prevention and Fight against Terrorism and its financing: Legal Framework and Mechanisms of  International Cooperation"

Kingstown, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, 25 to 28 May 2010. - "Specialized Workshop on the Prevention and Fight against Terrorism and its financing: Legal Framework and Mechanisms of  International Cooperation" organized by the Terrorism Prevention Branch of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC / TPB) under the auspices of the Government of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

The principal objective of the workshop were to train criminal justice and law enforcement officials from Saint Vincent and the Grenadines on the universal legal framework against terrorism and its financing and enhance international cooperation in this regard, in order to strengthen national expertise and capacity to enable practitioners to apply and enforce the domestic legislation against terrorism and ensure implementation of the universal and regional legal instruments related to this threat.

During the four-day workshop, high- level experts from Canada, Dominican Republic, Italy, Montserrat, United Kingdom and the United States shared with the audience their concrete experiences and best practices in the prevention, investigation and prosecution of  terrorist act and its financing, as well as on special investigation techniques, among other aspects. Once more, the event was enriched by the contributions and perspectives provided by the representatives of the Secretariat of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the Organization of Eastern Caribbean Sates (OECS) and INTERPOL, UNODC key partners in its efforts to assist Member States in the Caribbean Basin region to prevent and fight against terrorism.

During the working sessions, the more than 30 national officials attending the workshop -who rated the seminar as highly relevant and beneficial for the development of their current functions- also had the opportunity to work together with the specialists from UNODC and international experts in analyzing and solving different practical hypotheses concerning the investigation of acts of terrorism and its financing, addressing as well important aspects of international cooperation in criminal matters.

At the opening ceremony, Sir. Vincent Beache, National Security Advisor to the Government of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, welcomed the realization of the workshop, which he considered very opportune. In addition, during his closing remarks Senator the Honorable Sabato Caesar, Minister of Housing and Lands of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, expressed appreciation to the organization for what he considered a highly successful event and encouraged UNODC to continue providing technical assistance on counter-terrorism and other related areas.