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21 September 2011 - Media release

Media invitation for 80th INTERPOL General Assembly in Vietnam

LYON, France – The theme of the 80th INTERPOL General Assembly, which will take place in Hanoi, Vietnam from 31 October – 3 November, is ‘Connecting Police for a Safer World – Strong partnerships, innovation and capacity building.’

Senior law enforcement officials and security experts from around the world will gather at INTERPOL’s General Assembly to discuss a range of issues including the use of new technologies in the prevention and investigation of crimes, the need for global legislation to assist in combating online child sexual exploitation, and proactive approaches to policing challenges which include maritime piracy.

The official opening ceremony and speeches by senior Vietnamese and INTERPOL officials will take place at 9.30am on Monday 31 October and are open to the media. This will be immediately followed by a press conference.

Although the main conference proceedings are closed to the media, a range of media briefings will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday 1- 2 November. Interviews with police officials and international delegates may also be arranged upon request. The closing ceremony will also be open to the media and will be held at 12.15pm on Thursday 3 November.

Journalists wishing to cover the event should apply for accreditation no later than Friday 7 October using the 80th INTERPOL General Assembly press visa and accreditation form. Please note that it is the responsibility of journalists wishing to attend INTERPOL’s General Assembly to ensure that they have secured any visas required for entry to Vietnam.

Applications and further enquiries regarding the accreditation and visa process should be addressed to the Press and Information Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, No. 7 Chu Van An Str., Hanoi, Vietnam, tel: (84-4) 3799 3451 / 3845 5401, fax: (84-4) 3823 4137; e-mail:

Journalists without accreditation will not be granted access, and all accredited media representatives will be expected to present their press credentials and identification documents at the media registration desk upon arrival.