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16 October 2002 - Media release

INTERPOL worldwide meets to analyse global threats

Delegates from INTERPOL's worldwide membership of 179 countries meet next week in Yaoundé (Cameroon) for the Organization's 71st general assembly session (21-24 October 2002). The annual event, a major manifestation of global police cooperation in the fight against terrorism and other serious crimes, will bring together about 500 police chiefs and senior law enforcement officers.

Issues to be covered in presentations and panel discussions include:

  • A new global threat assessment
  • International policing priorities
  • Terrorism - emerging threats
  • I-24/7, a new system for connecting police globally, securely and swiftly
  • Bringing fugitives to justice - development of best practice

Resolutions will be presented on corruption, trafficking in human beings and child slave labour, travel documents, stolen vehicles, and the processing of police information, and other urgent matters.

The general assembly session will open with speeches and remarks by the President of the Republic of Cameroon, H.E. Paul BIYA, INTERPOL's President Jesús ESPIGARES MIRA (Spain) and its Secretary General Ronald K. NOBLE.

Background notes for the News Editor:

  • Press reporters are invited to attend the opening ceremony, the subsequent press conference and daily press briefings. To assist the media there will be a General Assembly Press Service, jointly organized by the INTERPOL General Secretariat and the Cameroon National Organizing Committee.
  • All media representatives who wish to cover the proceedings are advised to apply for the necessary authorisation directly to the following contact (or via the respective INTERPOL National Central Bureau):

    M. Léon MBIA MEKA
    Cameroon National Organizing Committee
    Tel: (+237) 221.23.92, or 992.55.29, or 760.10.64
    Fax: (+237) 222.12.71

    All applications should be sent in writing and should specify the person's name, professional card number and indicate whom they represent. Applications should also be accompanied by a passport-size identity photograph, so that the Organizing Committee can proceed with the accreditation process and prepare identification badges.