Role of the United Nations conventions on combating money laundering


The crime of money laundering considers one of the most serious economical and financial crimes on local and international level because of its connection to the Transnational criminal activities. Their advancement and growth are the result of the modern technology tools and mechanisms which imposed many constraints and difficulties to discover those crimes or reach their perpetrators , and because the aim from committing money laundering crime is to hide the criminal source of money therefore , become combating money laundering one of the most important on international level . The united nations realized the threat of money laundering at an early stage and the serious harms it can inflict on the international level . then The united nations initiated its efforts to combat this crime through international Conventions. The united nations Conventions against illicit traffic in narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances, adopted in 1988,was the first international instrument to address the issue of proceeds of crime and require states to establish money laundering as a criminal offence . after this the united nations Conventions against Transnational organized crime was a dopted in 2000. recently the United Nations Convention against Corruption in 2003.