Cooperation with United Nations entities

We collaborate with a range of UN entities, notably the UN Office on Drugs and Crime.

INTERPOL and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

INTERPOL and UNODC share many areas of common concern: from trafficking in illicit drugs to trafficking in human beings and migrant smuggling, firearms, border management, counter-terrorism as well as cybercrime, and environmental security.

We engaged in a closer partnership from 2015 to make the most of the complementarity between our organizations and propose a ‘’whole of criminal justice approach’’ for international action against crime; this improves coherence, efficiency and effectiveness.

While UNODC can assist countries with their legislative and judicial requirements, provides research work and technical assistance, INTERPOL takes a more operational approach towards law enforcement, such as information exchange, investigative and operational support, and police capacity building.

The cooperation between INTERPOL and UNODC translates into powerful initiatives such as project CRIMJUST - which is part of the Cocaine Route Programme of the European Union. Implemented jointly by UNODC, INTERPOL and Transparency International, CRIMJUST gathers countries from Latin America, the Caribbean and West Africa. It focuses on the identification and dismantling of organized criminal networks through effective criminal justice responses, including pre- and post- seizure investigations, building strong cases for prosecution and ensuring convictions of criminals.

Additionally, the Airport Communication Project (AIRCOP) implemented by the UNODC, World Customs Organization and INTERPOL, strengthens the capacities of international airports in Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean and the Middle East to detect and intercept illicit drugs and other goods, as well as high risk passengers.

Regular dialogue between INTERPOL and UNODC ensures the complementarity of our strategies and approaches so we can best respond to the needs of the recipient countries. This is for instance the aim of the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC), a collaborative effort of the CITES Secretariat, INTERPOL, UNODC, the World Bank and the WCO. Under the ICCWC umbrella, the five member organizations provide coordinated support to combat serious wildlife and forestry crimes.

Moving forward, new areas of cooperation will be explored including trafficking in illicit drugs, border management, crimes against children and migrant smuggling.

United Nations Peacekeeping Operations

INTERPOL works with the Police Division and its Serious and Organized Crime Team to strengthen the role of police in international peacekeeping; we benefits from the support of the UN in local capacity building, and in return the UN endorses our policing capabilities in host countries.

Cooperation with other UN entities

We work on a variety of joint projects including initiatives to increase access to our databases, and capacity building programmes with the following UN entities:

  • United Nations department of Peace Operations (DPO)
  • Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA)
  • United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS)
  • United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP)
  • United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
  • United Nations Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolution 1540 (2004)
  • United Nations Office of Internal Oversight Services (UNOIOS)
  • United Nations Department of Management (UNDM)
  • United Nations Department for Political Affairs (UNDPA)
  • United Nations Ad Hoc Tribunals