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20 June 2015

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

Secretary General highlights Norway’s role in international law enforcement cooperation

OSLO, Norway – Underlining the need for a more effective and coherent approach against security threats in a more unpredictable world, INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock joined the launch by Norway’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs of a White Paper on global security challenges.
With  fundamental changes shaping the global security landscape in recent years, Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende said: “Norway is facing growing and more complex security challenges, such as more frequent and more advanced cyberattacks, an increased terror threat level, and criminal networks that are financing militias and terrorist groups. These challenges are occurring at the same time and they are occurring globally.”
“Our response must also be global, using instruments from development policy, foreign policy, justice policy and defence policy,” added Minister Brende.
Commending Norway’s ongoing support for international and multilateral law enforcement cooperation, Secretary General Stock described the White Paper as a potential roadmap against security challenges not only for Norway but for the international community. He said through a long-term partnership INTERPOL and Norway would work to translate the White Paper into action.
Given today’s broad spectrum of complex security threats faced by countries increasingly carried out by non-state actors, often through innovative means, Mr Stock said: “Every country should give consideration to how security challenges from outside their borders are impacting on their local security environment.”
“With more focus on these issues, it is easier to identify common links across countries, organize a coherent global security response, and maintain the momentum needed to effectively implement this response.”
As an example, the audience heard that starting in September 2014 when the UN Security Council passed a resolution calling for greater information sharing to disrupt the mobility of foreign terrorist fighters, countries reacted by increasing the number of identified individuals through INTERPOL from 900 to more than 4,000 today.
Secretary General Stock said Norway’s White Paper was right to emphasize the linkage between security and development, highlighting the essential need to build local security capacities in developing countries and those transitioning out of conflict, and connecting these to a larger global security response.
In this respect the INTERPOL Chief recognized the contribution of Norway’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and National Police to supporting INTERPOL projects in East Africa and the Gulf of Guinea, both of which aim to enhance the crime scene capabilities of police, and information sharing on maritime piracy.