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 57 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.

Further, this resolution was reviewed and unanimously adopted a second time as Resolution 75/10 in November 2020 with added operational language on key areas of cooperation, such as cybercrime, the Global Policing Goals, gender mainstreaming in law enforcement and peacekeeping. This reviewed resolution included a special paragraph on the particular impact of COVID-19 on criminal activity around the globe.

In addition, 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 2482 (2019) encourages Member States to make the best use of INTERPOL  policing capabilities, including its array of investigative and analytical databases, in order to prevent and counter the linkages between terrorism and organized crime, whether domestic or transnational.
  • Resolution 2529 (2020) commends the cooperation between the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals and INTERPOL which contributed  to  locating  and  to  the  arrest  of  the  Rwandan fugitive, indicted for genocide and crimes against humanity allegedly committed in Rwanda in 1994.
  • Resolution 2501 (2019) encourages the UN Monitoring Team to consult with INTERPOL to raise awareness of and learn about the practical implementation of the travel ban, including the use of advanced passenger information; to cooperate with INTERPOL and Member States to obtain photographs, physical descriptions and, in accordance with their national legislation, other biometric and biographic data of listed individuals when available for inclusion in Special Notices; and to assist other subsidiary bodies of the Council and expert panels, upon request, with enhancing their cooperation with INTERPOL.
  • 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.