Calling for increased cooperation between the United Nations and organisations such as the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), India has said this will help in dealing with the nexus of terrorist groups and transnational organised criminal networks that helps raise funds for terror financing and recruiting and other illicit activities across borders. Speaking at a General Assembly Third Committee that deals with social, humanitarian affairs and human rights issues, First Secretary in India’s Permanent Mission to the UN Paulomi Tripathi said transnational organised crimes continue to undermine efforts to achieve the sustainable development goals, and threaten international peace and security.

  1. Terrorist organisations are increasingly drawing sustenance by using transnational organised criminal networks for illicit activities to raise funds. 
  2. Crime syndicates are in cahoots with terrorists, providing them services such as counterfeiting, money laundering, arms dealing, drug trafficking and smuggling terrorists across borders.
  3. Tripathi highlighted how activities of terror groups such as ISIL, Al Shabab and Boko Haram using extortion, human trafficking, extraction of natural resources, trade in cultural artefacts and illicit taxation in areas under their control, manifest the blurring of lines between crime and terror.
  4. There is also increasing evidence that narcotics are being used not just for terror financing but for luring youth to be recruited by the terrorists. Revenue generated by illicit activities of terrorists and criminal groups are moved across borders and exchanged through open networks.
  5. Tripathi underscored that such a situation calls for far more coherent and resolute response and “the UN needs to increase cooperation with other bodies such as Financial Action Task Force (FATF), which is playing a significant role in setting global standards for preventing and combating money laundering and terrorist financing.”
  6. The Paris-based FATF is an intergovernmental organisation to develop policies to combat money laundering and terrorism financing.
  1. The United Nations General Assembly Third Committee (also known as the Social, Humanitarian, and Cultural Committee or SOCHUM) is one of six main committees at the General Assembly of the United Nations. It deals with human rights, humanitarian affairs and social matters.
  2. The Third Committee of the General Assembly at its seventy-fourth session, is chaired by H.E. Christian Braun (Luxembourg).
  3. As in previous sessions, an important part of the work of the Committee will focus on the examination of human rights questions, including reports of the special procedures of the Human Rights Council which was established in 2006.
  4. The Third Committee meets every year in early October and aims to finish its work by the end of November. All 193 member states of the UN can attend.
The work of the Committee focuses on human rights, humanitarian affairs and social issues. In addition, it also considers issues relating to:
  1. The advancement of women
  2. The protection of children
  3. the protection of indigenous populations, and related issues
  4. The treatment of refugees, and related issues such as racism and discrimination
  5. The promotion of fundamental freedoms
  6. The right to self-determination
  7. Youth, family and ageing
  8. The rights of persons with disabilities
  9. Crime prevention and criminal justice
  10. The international drug trade, and related issues
  11. Working methods