Statement by H.E. Ambassador Yasuhisa Kawamura, Chargé d'affaires of Japan to the United Nations, at the Security Council Open Debate on Threats to international peace and security: Linkages between international terrorism and organized crime

 (As delivered)

Thank you, Mr. President.
 
I thank you for convening this important meeting. Let me also express my gratitude to the briefers for their insightful remarks today.
 
Mr. President,
 
International terrorism and organized crime are two significant threats facing the international community. As stated in Security Council resolution 2195, it is our responsibility to enhance cooperation and strategies to prevent terrorists from benefitting from transnational organized crime.

Full and strict implementation of relevant UN Security Council resolutions is essential to combatting terrorism and organized crime. Japan will continue to synergize our efforts in countering both terrorism and organized crime to contribute to the peace and stability of our region and the world.
 
Mr. President,
 
The year 2019 and 2020 are important years for Japan’s counterterrorism policy. We hosted our first G20 summit two weeks ago, where we adopted a Leaders’ Statement on counterterrorism. Japan will host further important events including the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. The Japanese government has tirelessly invested our efforts to strengthen our counterterrorism capabilities, including on border control, information gathering, and public-private partnerships to ensure the safety of everyone involved in these events. We have also thoroughly implemented relevant Security Council resolutions.
 
Mr. President,
 
Our national efforts work hand in hand with global action to combat terrorism. We have actively engaged in contributing to the strengthening of capabilities of our fellow Member States. There have been far too many tragic incidents in recent years around the world, including Sri Lanka, and we remain ready to cooperate with states in need of assistance in their counterterrorism measures.
 
Mr. President,
 
Our efforts to combat terrorism must also synchronize with action against organized crime. Transnational organized crime is a common threat that all countries face today. The magnitude and impact of such crime continues to grow and undermine peace and security as well as the rule of law.
 
Combatting transnational organized crime requires not only a strong commitment and effective law enforcement domestically but also robust international cooperation. In this regard, Japan firmly believes that the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime(UNTOC)and its Protocols serve as the universal framework for such cooperation. The scope of offences covered by this Convention is broad enough to include global challenges such as terrorism and cybercrime. Japan has started using this Convention as the basis for its international partnerships and is committed to further strengthening its cooperation with all Member States.
 
Mr. President,
 
Japan will also contribute to collective efforts to combat terrorism and transnational organized crime by hosting the 14th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (Kyoto Congress) in April 2020. Under the main theme of “Advancing crime prevention, criminal justice and the rule of law; towards the achievement of the 2030 agenda”, Japan wishes to discuss and identify practical measures, including effective use of UNTOC, with attendance of high level officials of member states, to strengthen international cooperation and technical assistance to prevent and address all forms of crime that hinder sustainable development.
 
I thank you.