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UNLIREC and Trinidad and Tobago unite to combat proliferation financing and finalize country's Voluntary National Action Plan on 1540 implementation

Following on from a previous mission in July, representatives of the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC) returned to Trinidad and Tobago in November and December to continue working with government authorities on the implementation of national legislation to address the financing of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) proliferation activities.

The legislation drafting workshops concentrated on the creation of new offence provisions to criminalize proliferation financing and introduce new penalties for such activities. Focus was also given to the broadening of the function, role and scope of legislative powers required by Trinidad and Tobago’s Financial Intelligence Unit to enable regulation of proliferation financing in addition to money laundering and terrorism financing.

Special attention was also given to the implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolutions concerning targeted sanctions and restrictions for DPRK and Iran, respectively. Given the timing of the December workshop, the release of the latest DPRK sanctions resolution (UNSCR 2321 (2016)) was a timely reminder that WMD proliferation issues remain of grave concern to the global security environment.

In addition to the workshops on preventing proliferation financing, UNLIREC also seized the opportunity to provide support in Trinidad and Tobago’s voluntary National Action Plan (NAP) which articulates the country’s plan for implementation of UNSCR 1540 (2004). It is expected that Trinidad and Tobago will submit their NAP in early 2017.