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09 September 2009 - Media release

Media invitation to INTERPOL-United Nations Ministerial meeting and General Assembly

LYON, France – An INTERPOL - United Nations Ministerial meeting on ‘The Role of International Policing in Building Sustainable Security’ will be the focus of the start of INTERPOL’s 78th General Assembly to be held in Singapore from 11 - 15 October.

Justice, Security and Home Affairs Ministers from more than 40 countries will be joined by senior law enforcement officials from around the world to discuss enhancing the role of policing to support peacekeeping operations in crisis or post-conflict environments, particularly in relation to tackling transnational crime which can threaten efforts to restore law and order.

The official opening by Singapore Deputy Prime Minister Wong Kan Seng and presentations by INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble and Alain Leroy, Under-Secretary General, the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), will take place at 18.00 on Sunday 11 October and is open to the media.

The INTERPOL - UN Ministerial meeting on Monday 12 October will be open to the media and the presentation of the Ministers’ Outcome Declaration will be followed by a press conference at 17.00. 

The opening of the full INTERPOL General Assembly session on Tuesday 13 October – including the keynote address by the US Attorney General, Mr Eric Holder, and speeches by INTERPOL President Khoo Boon Hui and Secretary General Noble – will also be open to the press. While the remainder of the conference proceedings will be closed to journalists, interviews with police officials and international delegates may be arranged upon request.

The event will take place at the Raffles City Convention Centre in Singapore.

Journalists wishing to attend should apply for accreditation no later than Friday 18 September and send their completed application form and photo (in jpeg format) to Humphrey_Sew@spf.gov.sg. Press accreditation will be processed by the Ministry of Information, Communications, and the Arts (MICA), Singapore and will take approximately two weeks. For further details or enquiries about the accreditation process, please contact the Singapore Police Force Media Information Centre on +65 6478 2122/33.

For further enquiries about the INTERPOL-UN Ministerial meeting and the General Assembly, please contact the INTERPOL Press Office.

Journalists without accreditation will be not be granted access and all accredited media representatives will be expected to present their press credentials and identification documents at the media registration desk upon arrival.