UNGA and UNSC resolutions highlighting INTERPOL’s role

Resolutions passed by the United Nations support and strengthen our role on the international stage.

UN General Assembly Resolutions

INTERPOL has been mentioned in 45 United Nations General Assembly resolutions since the year 2000; these cover a range of topics such as terrorism, human trafficking, weapons, corruption and environmental and cultural heritage crime.

Cooperation between our two organizations evolved in November 2016, when the UN General Assembly unanimously adopted Resolution 71/19; this recognized and called for greater coordination and cooperation particularly concerning counter-terrorism, transnational crime, cybercrime, corruption and financial crime, and environmental crimes.

This resolution was reviewed and unanimously adopted as Resolution 73/11 in November 2018, with added operational language on key areas of cooperation, especially counter-terrorism.

In September 2017, the UN General Assembly adopted Resolution 72/1, reaffirming the contribution of INTERPOL to the fight against trafficking in persons.


UN Security Council Resolutions

INTERPOL’s role is enshrined in numerous Security Council resolutions - here are some recent examples:

  • Resolution 2462 (2019) encourages UN Member States to make best use of INTERPOL policing capabilities, such as relevant databases and analytical files, in order to prevent and counter the financing of terrorism.
  • Resolution 2396 (2017) recognizes INTERPOL’s role to assist Member States in implementing the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy, and to address the threat posed by foreign terrorist fighters.
  • Resolution 2322 (2016) recognizes INTERPOL’s role in combating all forms and aspects of trafficking in cultural property potentially benefitting terrorist groups.
  • Resolution 2331 (2016) encourages INTERPOL to continue supporting States’ efforts to develop capabilities to address the issue of trafficking in persons where it is committed for the purpose of supporting terrorism.
  • Resolution 2178 (2014) recognizes INTERPOL’s global role against the threat posed by foreign terrorist fighters.