It also cooperates in counter-terrorism matters with the relevant regional and international organizations. Just last week, UNODC held a global maritime crime programme event in Colombo, which was followed by a ministerial meeting on the legal regime for fibre-optic submarine cables.
Its scope is broad enough to cover such challenges as terrorism and cybercrime, he added. The Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate helps countries to tackle this joint threat, working with Governments to study existing links and identifying effective practices, including the creation of joint investigative units and prosecution authorities to handle both organized crime and terrorism.
Noting that terrorist groups use crime to finance their illicit activities, he called on States to ensure justice for the perpetrators.
However, efforts must move beyond reacting to consequences stemming from criminality and must address the root causes. In a manner similar to the Ramsey and Borner Model, different types of sea-based hostile actions that can take place and the different types of hostile behaviors that raise the potential for hostile action are offered.
He urged Member States to ratify and effectively implement the relevant international legal framework to curb maritime crime, stressing the critical role of various United Nations instruments, including the Convention on the Law of the Sea, the Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and its protocols, the Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances and the Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Maritime Navigation.
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