3rd StAR-INTERPOL Asset Recovery Focal Points Meeting
16-18 July 2012, Amman, Jordan
This event was organized by INTERPOL and the Stolen Asset Recovery Initiative (StAR) – a partnership between the World Bank and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) – in cooperation with the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) of the US Department of State and the Jordanian Anti-Corruption Commission (JACC).
The theme of the event was Recovery of Proceeds of Corruption from Multiple Jurisdictions. The different aspects of this topic were discussed within the framework of plenary and break-out sessions, side meetings and country coordination meetings. Additionally, there were three interactive training sessions on using the INTERPOL Notices System and a single session on drafting Letters of Request.
The conference attracted participation from 49 countries, represented by 101 individuals, as well as 17 representatives from INTERPOL, StAR, UNODC, Europol, the World Bank Group, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the Financial Action Task Force of South America (GAFISUD).
Noting with satisfaction the past successes of the Initiative and its accompanying tool – the Global Focal Point Platform on Asset Recovery – the Focal Points:
- Recognized the value added by regional and global networks working together in international asset recovery;
- Encouraged further synergies between such networks operating within the global anti-corruption community and specializing in training and other asset recovery and confiscation-related technical assistance procedures;
- Stressed the continuing need for members of the Global Focal Point Initiative, where they are also members of regional networks, to consider appointing the same focal points according to the new Access Instructions Policy;
- Endorsed the development of the Global Focal Point Platform to include secure exchange of information, beyond access;
- Solemnly affirmed the 24-Hour Checklist as good practice document in international cooperation and encouraging Focal Points to use it in their communications and through the Platform;
- Acknowledged the effectiveness of the INTERPOL notices, diffusions and messages for the purpose of issuing international asset recovery alerts and sharing of intelligence;
- Urged INTERPOL to facilitate and extend the use of INTERPOL notices, diffusions and messages to the Focal Points and/or their agencies, following the acceptance of the respective INTERPOL National Central Bureaus;
- Further invited to operationalize the INTERPOL Formatted Message on the Global Focal Point Platform;
- Resolved further to develop secure email capabilities through the Global Focal Point Platform;
- Called for the organization of case-specific operational meetings, when possible, within the limits set by the requesting and the participating countries;
- Further requested the continued development of the tools and the technical capacity of the Global Focal Point Platform to provide for restricted case-specific databases, when possible, within the limits specified by the requesting and participating countries.