2014•11•28 New York
At the invitation of the Permanent Representation of the Republic of Chad, James Cockayne, Head of the UNU Office in New York, briefed Members of the Security Council at the expert level on 25 November 2014. The briefing addressed Threats to International Peace and Security: Terrorism and Cross-Border Crime, the subject of an Open Debate in the Security Council, scheduled for 19 December under the Presidency of the Republic of Chad. Mr Cockayne’s 40-minute briefing, which drew extensively on research and drafting support from UNU’s Centre for Policy Research, focused on the impact of the intersection of terrorism and cross-border crime on the Council’s conflict resolution efforts.
Explaining some of the issues considered during the briefing Mr. Cockayne stressed that, “There is a dangerous feedback loop between organized crime and conflict. Conflict facilitates organized crime, which in turn seems to impede conflict resolution. As we are seeing in Mali, Somalia, Libya and Afghanistan, once you add terrorism into the mix, the challenges seem to become even more substantial. Organized crime can enlarge the strategic space within which terrorist groups can operate, making them more resilient in the face of state action, and making conflict longer and deadlier, and possibly also more likely to harm civilians. The Security Council has a history of dealing with terrorism, organized crime and conflict resolution separately. The challenge now is to think through how to bring their responses together, at the strategic level.”
Key messages delivered by Mr. Cockayne during the briefing included:
The briefing was followed by a lively question and answer session.
Mr. Cockayne noted that, “It was an honour to be invited by the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Chad to brief members of the Security Council at the expert level. African states have a history of pioneering discussion on these issues in the Security Council over the last decade. The Open Debate will take that one step further, by focusing attention on how the intersection of terrorism and organized crime in Africa makes the Security Council’s conflict resolution tasks more difficult. This was a great opportunity for UN University to do exactly what we were charged with doing four decades ago by the General Assembly — helping the UN community access the best research and evidence to work through difficult policy issues.”
See the Related Files tab to download the Concept Note for the UN Security Council Thematic Debate on 19 December 2014, under the Presidency of the Republic of Chad, on Threats to International Peace and Security: Terrorism and Cross-Border Crime.