80th session of the INTERPOL General Assembly
The 80th session of the INTERPOL General Assembly took place over four days in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Some 630 senior law enforcement officials from 142 countries attended.
Three new countries were welcomed to INTERPOL’s membership: Curaçao, Sint Maarten and South Sudan.
The conference was chaired by President Khoo Boon Hui, pictured here with Secretary General Ronald K. Noble.
The Executive Committee provides leadership and direction to the Organization.
Seven new members were elected to the Executive Committee, representing all four INTERPOL regions (Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe).
The General Assembly endorsed a total of 16 resolutions, related to crime areas including child sexual abuse, maritime piracy, firearms and chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats.
The launch of Project Predator will help save wild tigers from extinction.
INTERPOL’s Travel Document Initiative speeds up the police response to urgent situations. The document has now been recognized by 31 countries.
Police and officials can use the document to travel on official business without requiring a visa. Cambodia signed an agreement to recognize the document.
Renowned South African singer, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, performed the song “Proud to Be”, highlighting the dangers of counterfeit medicines.
The exhibition area showcased innovations in policing-related technologies developed by the private sector.
President Khoo: The meeting enhanced INTERPOL’s “commitment and our collective strong desire to make our Organization ready and well placed to face the challenges of 21st Century policing".
In a symbolic gesture, the INTERPOL flag is handed to an Italian official, looking ahead to the 2012 General Assembly in Rome.