International involvement

The effects of maritime piracy are felt all around the world. INTERPOL is one of many international and regional organizations working together on various projects to combat and break up the pirate networks and shut down their operations.

  • Eurojust and Joint Investigation Team to Combat Maritime Piracy: INTERPOL is working with Eurojust and Europol to develop a global law enforcement and prosecution strategy to combat maritime piracy.
  • Formal cooperation agreements with naval forces:  INTERPOL and naval forces involved in maritime piracy, notably the Netherlands and Denmark, are exploring an information-sharing model that would give the navies access to the INTERPOL fingerprints database. This would allow for searches of fingerprints taken from pirates immediately after capture. INTERPOL has established this type of information-sharing platform with NATO and the EU Naval Force Somalia (EU NAVFOR).
  • Joint Somali and INTERPOL initiative:  As part of an effort to identify Somali pirates captured by navies and prosecuted in foreign jurisdictions, the INTERPOL and Somali anti-piracy task forces are developing a plan to improve diplomatic relations between affected countries. 
  • The Somalia Maritime Security Bill of 2011:  At the request of the Somalia Maritime Piracy Task Force, INTERPOL reviewed and provided comments to improve the legislation.
  • UN-supported projects
    • Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia:  This group facilitates discussion and coordination of action among states and organizations fighting piracy off the coast of Somalia. INTERPOL participates in working groups on operations, legal issues, private industry inclusion and piracy financing.
    • UN Sub-Working Group on Maritime Piracy:  Comprises 16 entities, including the International Maritime Organization, INTERPOL, UN Office of Drugs and Crime and the Monitoring Group on Somalia. The aim of the group is to share information, exchange ideas and ensure collaboration on the issue of counter-piracy.
    • Shared Awareness and Deconfliction (SHADE) initiative: This group brings together INTERPOL, the European Union, NATO, Combined Maritime Forces and several countries to coordinate military efforts against piracy.
    • Kampala Process: The group facilitates political dialogue and collaboration in the fight against piracy among international groups including INTERPOL, the UN and the EU.
    • Djibouti Code of Conduct: An agreement among East African countries on how to coordinate their responses to maritime piracy.
26 junio 2015

Police cooperation focus of visit by Gabon Minister of Interior to INTERPOL

20 junio 2015

Effective response to global security challenges focus of Norway visit by INTERPOL Chief

02 febrero 2015

INTERPOL Basic Training on Maritime Security held in Malaysia

16 diciembre 2014

INTERPOL holds training on digital forensics for maritime piracy investigations

01 septiembre 2014

En su visita a Eritrea, el Jefe de INTERPOL aborda las necesidades de la región en materia de seguridad

20 agosto 2014

INTERPOL workshop in Kuala Lumpur marks launch of regional counter-terrorism programme

11 agosto 2014

La visita del jefe de INTERPOL a las Islas Marshall destaca la importancia de este país en la seguridad de la región

08 julio 2014

FBI-INTERPOL symposium to enhance global preparedness in securing critical infrastructure

08 junio 2014

Fight against terrorism and piracy focus of INTERPOL Chief meeting with Yemeni President

21 mayo 2014

EU and INTERPOL: combating transnational organized crime at sea

21 marzo 2014

INTERPOL anti-piracy meeting reviews key evidence against network leaders

14 febrero 2014

La visita del Jefe de INTERPOL a Liberia se centra en impulsar la cooperación de las fuerzas del orden

11 febrero 2014

President of Guinea discusses security needs with INTERPOL Chief

10 febrero 2014

El papel de Togo en el marco de las iniciativas para combatir los delitos contra la fauna y la flora silvestres y de carácter transnacional, eje de la visita del jefe de INTERPOL

18 enero 2014

Visita del Director de la Policía de Zanzíbar a INTERPOL para fomentar la seguridad regional