Today’s priorities for INTERPOL-United Nations collaboration

Counter-terrorism and human trafficking are among the priorities we share with the UN.


We enjoy a strong working relationship with the United Nation’s dedicated counter-terrorism entities including its Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) and its Counter-Terrorism Centre, as well as the Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC) and its Executive Directorate (CTED).

Key thematic areas for INTERPOL-UN cooperation in counter-terrorism efforts include the threat posed by foreign terrorist fighters, the use of biometrics for effective identification of combatants, and the increasing nexus between terrorism and organized crime.

As of December 2018, INTERPOL is now one of two non-UN members of the Global Counter-Terrorism Coordination Compact, whose membership consists of 36 UN entities. This Compact is key to global counter-terrorism efforts in terms of strengthening coordination and preventing the duplication of efforts.

Organized and Emerging Crime

INTERPOL increasingly works with United Nations entities to combat organized, emerging and transnational crime with a particular focus on its nexus with terrorism.

Human trafficking/Migrant Smuggling

INTERPOL is one of 22 members of the Inter-Agency Coordination Group against Trafficking in Persons (ICAT), a policy forum which promotes a coordinated approach, including victim protection and support.

Under the UN Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, we cooperate to combat the smuggling of migrants, ensuring that the victim’s interests are always put first.

On the ground

Operation Trigger IV was an INTERPOL-led operation conducted in September 2018 with the participation of the World Customs Organization and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Aiming to disrupt the illicit trafficking of firearms in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Morocco, it led to 115 arrests and the seizure of firearms, drugs and cash.