Date and time: 16 May 2019; 15:00-17:30

Venue: Hotel Hilton 



The international commitment to peace, security and sustainable development is being increasingly undermined by illicit financial flows. This includes several distinct types of activity - money laundering and terrorist financing, bribery and corruption and tax fraud. Interpol’s recently published Atlas of Illicit Flows stated that “combating organized crime must be considered a significant factor in conflict prevention and resolution.

International standards to prevent illicit financial flows highlight several key elements, including; legislation, institutions and operational capability. A key focus now for Member States is to show that they have not only frameworks which comply with international standards, but also are using them in an effective manner. As a result, a significant increase has been observed by Member States requesting support to identify and enhance the skills of their anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) practitioners to demonstrate that they are working effectively. This includes not only staff in investigation and supervision roles, but also their partners in the private sector and civil society who have a role in preventing illicit financial flows. The increasingly observed nexus between criminal and terrorist networks may provide not only an enhanced sense of urgency but also the requirement for a whole of government solution to staff development because threat networks may span the remit of multiple agencies. 

This side event will address the prevention of illicit financial flows by focusing specifically on how practitioners engaged in AML/CFT can be supported in their roles by managing their career development.

It is recognized that AML/CFT is comprised of complex tasks many of which only proficient experts can effectively perform. This may require not only trainers and learning materials, but also management systems to plan, deliver and report on professional development. Without an effective system to manage professional development, Member States risk losing the return on their investment in their expert practitioners as they rotate to other roles, are promoted or leave government to work similar roles in the private sector. In addition to this, technical assistance providers risk offering training and mentoring which is not part of a risk based, pre-planned and Member State -led requirement.

Structured and planned professional development is a requirement in the FATF Recommendations and considered to be an essential element of an effective AML/CFT framework. This event is intended to highlight international standards, share good practices (including from the private sector), and through discussion, conduct a gap analysis to inform participants of opportunities to establish and maintain systems as a core element of a wider AML/CFT training programme.



14:00 – 15:00

Registration and welcoming coffee

15:00 – 15:30 Welcoming remarks by the Co-Chairs:
  • by Representative of the Republic of Tajikistan
  • by the Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism H.E. Mr. Vladimir Voronkov
Panel Discussion
15:30 – 16:15 Ms. Natalia Gherman, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Central Asia, Head of the United Nations Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA)

Regional perspectives and opportunities to implement professional development systems.

Ms. Svetlana Martynova, Legal Officer, United Nations Security Council, Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (UNCTED)

International framework for countering the financing of terrorism through proceeds of transnational organized crime.

Mr. Andrey Seleznev, Head of Programme Office, (UNODC, Kyrgyzstan)

Establishing and maintaining professional development systems for AML/CFT practitioners
16:15 – 17:00  Discussion (Q&A)
17:00 – 17:30 Summary and closing remarks by the Co-Chairs:
  • by Representative of the Republic of Tajikistan
  • by the Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism H.E. Mr. Vladimir Voronkov