RegIONAL ACTIVITIES

TPB works jointly with regional and international partners throughout the world, cooperating with organizations to maximize impact, avoid duplication of activities, and bring multiple sources of expertise on terrorism issues to countries around the world.

 

sub-regional workshop on COMBATING TERRORISM FINANCING: CURRENT MAJOR RISKS

Montevido, Uruguay (6 to 9 September 2011)

This workshop was organized by MECOOR (a Regional Initiative integrated by UNODC/TPB, UN-CTED, OAS/CICTE-CICAD and GAFISUD) and aimed at strengthening national capacities regarding the universal legal framework against terrorism financing and mechanisms for international cooperation as well as enhancing institutional capacities of participants to correctly apply FATF's ninth recommendation related to freezing and seizing of terrorist assets. Moreover, the workshop sought to strengthen practical national capacities to carry out appropriate financial investigations, including inter-institutional cooperation. A total of 35 participants attended the workshop from Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Paraguay, including prosecutors, judges, law enforcement officers, government officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, customs and border control officers and officials from financial intelligence units.

 

sub-regional workshop on combating terrorism financing: cross border financial investigations

Asuncion, Paraguay (14 to 16 June 2011)

This workshop was organized in collaboration with OAS-CICTE and DHS/ICE of USA and aimed at analyzing identified needs at national level on countering and prosecuting terrorism, its financing and money laundering; strengthening national capacities regarding the universal legal framework against terrorism financing and mechanisms; fostering the use of available international and regional instruments to face risks of terrorism financing as well as enhancing national capacities to prevent, control and persecute illicit transfer of money or financial bearer instruments across borders (bulk cash smuggling) and other typologies of terrorism financing as the use of prepaid cards, alternative remittances systems (black market peso exchange, doleiro, etc). Moreover, the workshop was focused on strengthening practical national capacities to carry out appropriate financial investigations, including inter-institutional cooperation, while concentrating on the implementation of FATF for South America (GAFISUD). A total of 34 participants from Paraguay, Chile, Brazil, Argentina attended the meeting. Participants included prosecutors, judges, law enforcement officers, government officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, customs and border control officers and officials from financial intelligence units


SUB-REGIONAL WORKSHOP on preventing and countering the financing of terrorism

Chisinau, the Republic of Moldova (27 to 29 September 2011)

TPB, with the support of the Government of Romania, implemented its first sub-regional workshop on Preventing and Countering the Financing of Terrorism as part of a project on countering Financing of Terrorism for Southeast European and Black Sea regions. The overall purpose of the workshop was to bring together representatives from the South East Europe, Central and Eastern Europe and Southern Caucasus regions, as well as international experts and representatives of international and regional organizations, in order to provide the participants with a forum to present the international obligations and standards against terrorist financing and to discuss and exchange experiences and good practices in the investigation and prosecution of financing of terrorism, with the aim of enhancing cooperation at the domestic and regional level. Forty-five participants attended the workshop from 15 Member States: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Georgia, Hungary, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia and Ukraine.

 

regional workshop on cross-border cooperation in fighting terrorism and its financing

Montego Bay, Jamaica (11 to 13 October 2011)

TPB organized the regional workshop in cooperation with OAS/SSM/CICTE, INTERPOL, CARICOM and EUROJUST. The purpose of the workshop was to enhance the capacity of the participating countries (Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Cuba, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Panama, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela) to strengthen and facilitate cross-border cooperation, with a focus on anti-terrorism and related crimes. A total of 34 delegates participated, including prosecutors, law enforcement officers, customs and border control officers, officials from Financial Intelligence Units and government officials from Ministries of Foreign Affairs.


Regional workshop on Training of the Trainers on UNOD/TPB Technical Assistance Tools on CT

Santa Maria, Colombia (26 to 28 October 2011)

The purpose of the workshop was to promote UNODC/TPB judicial technical assistance tools and to foster the adoption and implementation of these tools into the capacity building programmes of Schools of Public Prosecutors, Schools of Magistrates, Schools of Public Ministries and other institutions related to training on counter terrorism matters of countries of Latin American. The workshop was attended by 27 participants, including magistrates, prosecutors and law enforcement officers from Colombia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Dominican Republic and Venezuela.

 

Regional Workshop on Preventing and Countering the Financing of Terrorism (for Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Yemen)

Nairobi, Kenya (6 to 8 December 2011)

The regional workshop was the first activity implemented under a large TPB/UNODC Project for Yemen. The three-day workshop focused on the international legal framework against financing of terrorism, with particular emphasis on the international obligations and standards, investigation and prosecution of cases, as well as on comparative preventive and legislative measures. The workshop was attended by 31 participants from Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Yemen, and international experts from Italy, Tanzania, South Africa, the United States of America, in addition to representatives from INTERPOL, IGAD Capacity Building Programme against Terrorism (ICPAC) and the East Africa Police Chief Cooperation (EAPCCO). The participation of a broad range of international experts further fostered cooperation, promoted the exchange of best practices among African and other countries, and facilitated networking.

 

Regional Workshop on Strengthening International Cooperation in Criminal Matters, Particularly terrorist Cases

New Delhi, India (12-14 December)

The UNODC Regional Office for South Asia organised its first regional workshop on "Strengthening International Cooperation in Criminal Matters, particularly Terrorist Cases" in New Delhi, India. The workshop brought together law enforcement and criminal justice officers from the countries of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka, with the aim of improving knowledge and implementation of international legal instruments against terrorism, particularly on international cooperation aspects. Participants discussed their respective national legal framework and on the practical challenges faced when using international cooperation mechanisms, such as extradition requests and mutual legal assistance in criminal matters. The workshop concluded with the recommendations to provide specific legislative assistance in some of the countries to update the relevant legislation, to conduct additional workshops related to the proceeds of crime and their investigation, the use of internet in commissioning crimes and the need to expedite requests and create platforms for exchange of information in a timely manner.

 

Sub-regional Workshop on Preventing and Countering the Financing of Terrorism

Bucharest, Romania (13-14 December)

This workshop was a follow-up event to the previous Sub-regional activity held in September 2011, with special focus on freezing, seizure and confiscation of terrorist assets aimed once again at bringing together representatives from the South East Europe, Central and Eastern Europe and Southern Caucasus regions, international experts and international and regional organizations to discuss and share expertise, experience and good practices related to the mechanisms in place to detect, freeze, seize, administrate and confiscate terrorist assets according to the international standards and obligations, with the aim at strengthening national and international cooperation. The workshop was attended by 34 participants from 12 Member States: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Georgia, Hungary, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia and Ukraine.