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27 September 2015

INTERPOL President addresses United Nations Sustainable Development Summit

UNITED NATIONS, New York – In her address to the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit, INTERPOL President Mireille Ballestrazzi said the Organization stands ready to actively support the initiative’s goals.

President Ballestrazzi said INTERPOL’s global network, tools and services played an important role in supporting frontline law enforcement’s efforts to combat an ever-increasing number and range of crime threats which threaten to undermine rule of law and development.

“Today’s complex, global security challenges require greater international solidarity,” said President Ballestrazzi.

“There can be no development without security, and security requires a stable social and economic environment.

“In the fight against organized crime and terrorism, sustainability requires the establishment of global standards, concepts and instruments, developed on the basis of shared universal values,” added Mrs Ballestrazzi.

President Ballestrazzi pointed to areas of cooperation with the United Nations including the creation in 2005 of the INTERPOL-United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Special Notices for individuals and entities which are the subject of UN sanctions.

INTERPOL’s partnership with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to support Goal 16 and its associated targets of promoting peaceful, fair and inclusive societies was also highlighted by the President.

Through this enhanced cooperation INTERPOL and the UNODC will combine knowledge and capacities to mutually strengthen actions in priority areas such as terrorism, transnational organized crime and cybercrime; securing maritime routes and borders; and enhancing capacities in criminal justice and forensics.

“Criminals may be organized but they are not united, and together we can deliver a united and organized response,” concluded President Ballestrazzi.