INTERPOL General Assembly concludes as the Organization nears its 100th anniversary
NEW DELHI, India – INTERPOL’s 90th General Assembly concluded with a series of resolutions aimed at further strengthening INTERPOL’s network and capabilities as the Organization enters its centenary.
With discussions on how innovation and technology can be better integrated into INTERPOL’s day-to-day business to support its 195 member countries, the four-day conference (October 18-21) saw the launch of INTERPOL Metaverse, the first specifically designed for law enforcement worldwide.
Officially closing the General Assembly, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said: “Over the past hundred years, INTERPOL has grown into a very large and effective platform comprising 195 countries and plays a very important in controlling crime around the world.
“Crime today has become borderless, and if we want to stop these crimes and these criminals, we must think beyond conventional borders.”
INTERPOL’s first-ever report on global crime trends was also presented to delegates. Using data from the Organization’s 195 member countries, databases and external sources, the report highlights current and emerging threats at the global and regional levels.
Financial crime, particularly money laundering, was among the most significant threats. To combat these crimes, delegates approved a resolution calling for greater action to fight financial crime and corruption. This would include the creation of a working group of experts to evaluate various proposals relating to the exchange of financial information and the search and recovery of criminal assets.
Delegates also approved a resolution calling for increased efforts to identify and investigate online child sexual abuse through the creation of specialized units and increased use of INTERPOL’s international child sexual abuse database. sexual exploitation of children.
With a growing number of unidentified human remains and individuals in connection with missing persons cases, fueled by global mass migration and human trafficking, the General Assembly called for more effective use of the database I-Familia data by member countries.
The result of cutting-edge scientific research, I-Familia seeks to identify missing persons or unidentified human remains using DNA samples from family members.
Recognizing the need to prioritize diversity in the General Secretariat, the General Assembly approved a resolution supporting a series of measures to be implemented in order to proactively seek candidates from underrepresented and unrepresented countries.
The General Assembly also elected three new members of the Executive Committee. Peter De Buysscher from Belgium was elected vice-president for Europe, with Alaa El Din Mohamed Abdalah Raga from Egypt and Anne-Marie Nainda from Namibia elected delegates for Africa. The three new members of the Executive Committee will serve a term of three years.
The 91st General Assembly will be held in Vienna, Austria, where INTERPOL was officially established in 1923.