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Strategic Goal 1 - Selected Strategic Priorities and Analyses

Bureau of Resource Management
February 24, 2012


CONFLICT PREVENTION, MITIGATION, AND RESPONSE: Support the prevention, containment or mitigation, and resolution of existing or emergent regional conflicts, as well as post-conflict peace, reconciliation, and justice processes.

Analysis: This section details a key performance indicator to illustrate the Department's performance in an area that links to key budget and policy priorities under Strategic Goal 1. The indicator Average rating denoting degree to which United Nations peacekeeping missions in Africa and Near East Asia funded through the Contributions for International Peacekeeping Activities (CIPA) account achieve U.S. Government objectives represents the Department's ongoing priority to work with multilateral bodies to advance peace and security through active engagement with global institutions, and to share the burden of peacekeeping, peacebuilding, and conflict resolution with a growing community of nations. UN Peacekeeping Missions in Near East Asia received an average rating of 2.55 out of 4 for FY 2011, surpassing its FY 2011 target of 2.5. The difference in the FY 2010 data was due to unexpectedly strong progress reports for the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon and the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force on short-term goals. In addition, the FY 2011 target was not adjusted upward. The average rating of 2.5 in FY 2011 for UN Peacekeeping Missions in Africa met the FY 2011 target of 2.5. Results for this indicator reflect the difficult security, political, and economic environment in which peace operations are carried out.

COUNTERTERRORISM: Developing policies that advance international cooperation against terrorist financing and funding partner capacity building programs.

Analysis: The indicator Number of NEA countries with Financial Intelligence Units1(FIUs) that meet the standards of the Egmont Group2 represents the State Department's commitment to working with partner nations in the Egmont Group to combat terrorism and decrease terrorist organizations' ability to access unregulated or poorly monitored cash flows that support operations against the citizens and interests of the U.S. and partner governments throughout the world.

A total of nine countries with FIUs met the standards of the Egmont Group in FY 2011. The target of thirteen countries was not met, but the FY 2011 result represents an increase from the FY 2010 result. To improve results for FY 2012, NEA missions will meet with host government officials to stress the importance of developing FIUs that meet the Egmont Group's criteria.

1 A Financial Intelligence Unit is a central, national agency responsible for receiving (and, as permitted, requesting), analyzing and disseminating to the competent authorities, disclosures of financial information: (i) concerning suspected proceeds of crime and potential financing of terrorism, or (ii) required by national legislation or regulation, in order to counter money laundering and terrorism financing. (back to text)

2 The Egmont Group is a group of FIUs that are committed to improve cooperation in the fight against money laundering and financing of terrorism and to foster the implementation of domestic programs in this field. (back to text)


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