Regional Effort to Combat Terrorism and Transnational Organised Crime

Ensuring the Pacific region has the appropriate legal frameworks in place to combat terrorism and transnational organised crime has been the focus of a two day workshop ending today in Auckland, New Zealand.

The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, in partnership with the Government of New Zealand and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, have brought together policy, law enforcement and legislative drafting experts from across the region to revise the 2002 Forum Model Provisions on Counter Terrorism and Transnational Organised Crime.

The revision is to reflect developments in international counter terrorism and transnational criminal obligations of States following intense focus on terrorism issues at the United Nations. These obligations include those relating to periodic mutual evaluations by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and the Asia Pacific Group on Money Laundering as well as obligations relating to foreign terrorist fighters.

“Pacific Islands Forum countries have been working together to address these issues for many years and we have a lot of expertise across the region. This workshop provides a valuable opportunity to review the model provisions to assist Members’ efforts with strengthening legal frameworks required for giving effect to counter terrorism and transnational organised crime policies. The Nasonini Declaration on Regional Security was adopted in 2002 and international standards and approaches change over time and now we need to work towards an updated regional approach,” said Andie Fong Toy, Deputy Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat.

The outcomes of the two day gathering will be presented to the Forum’s Working Group on Counter Terrorism and Transnational Organised Crime when it meets in June.

New Zealand Counter Terrorism Ambassador, Mr Carl Worker said “We need to enhance resilience in the region to prevent the Pacific Islands from being affected by terrorism and violent extremism. Ensuring that there is a solid legislative foundation for the implementation of the UN’s counter terrorism measures in the Pacific Islands is an important part of creating that resilience as well as ensuring proper compliance with our international obligations.”


Counter Terrorism and Transnational Organised Crime Model Law Workshop Participants.



Background information:

Following Forum Leaders’ Nasonini Declaration, an expert working group was convened under the Declaration to coordinate the development of a regional framework, including model legislative provisions, to address terrorism and transnational organised crime.

The Group assessed the legislative requirements of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organised Crime and other UN counter terrorism instruments to develop a set of model legislative provisions that would be suitable for use by Forum countries to incorporate key legislative components and international standards of counter terrorism and transnational organised crime instruments, into national legal systems.

The resulting Model Provisions on Counter Terrorism and Transnational Organised Crime have been adapted, in one form or another, by many Forum countries. However, there have been significant international developments in the 14 years since they were developed. Forum countries that have adapted the model provisions recognise the need to review and update the model provisions to reflect those significant international developments. 

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