The INTERPOL General Assembly Discusses Various Issues
The 79th session of the INTERPOL General Assembly discussed over last three days many important security issues. The delegates from 188 Member States discussed on the first day of the conference challenges in combating crimes in the 21st century where participants emphasized that the growing challenges in today's world require more cooperation to counter them effectively and work for an effective strategy to fight crime in all its forms.
Discussion were also made on operational issues including assisting member countries in the detection of offences and offenders through an effective system of international justice that ensures justice, traces the reality and find facts on crimes and criminals. The cooperation agreement between Interpol and Crime Stoppers International (CSI) was approved by voting. A comprehensive presentation was given by the secretariat of CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) on endangered species of animals. Discussions were also held on an INTERPOL program to combat environmental crimes.
With respect to organized crimes, delegations discussed the challenges of combating organized crime in the future, broadening access to Interpol to combat serious and organized crimes, international police cooperation and the new challenges posed by drug trafficking at the international level. Discussions were also held on human trafficking networks and its improved detection and elimination and the international child abduction alert systems to help return the abductees safely.
The discussion of the first day was concluded on two important topics. The first one is about Interpol initiatives aimed at combating fake medical products and the second one is to strengthen the capacity of the police to assist in the identification of disaster victims.
The meetings of the second day began with a vote on the appointment of Secretary General of Interpol where the General Assembly reelected unanimously Ronal K. Noble for another term to the post. The General Assembly also discussed the strategic direction of the Organization during the next phase and came up with a clear vision of the different stages of the future strategy. The Assembly also voted unanimously to expand international organization through Interpol global Complex in Singapore. This opportunity was enhanced by Qatar's declaration of USD 2 million for the building on the land provided by the Singapore Government.
The Assembly also discussed the strategic planning of the Organization guided by the Australian Federal police experience in this field. The Interpol periodic report for the year 2010 has also been discussed. Discussions also were held on Interpol priorities during the period from 2011 to 2013 and the program of activities. The budget for 2011 and indicators of the budget for the 2012 and 2013 also were presented.
In the afternoon session of the second day meeting, discussions were held on a report that displays the Working Group on strengthening the legal status of the International Red Notices, updates and developments in the field and its implementation. The Interpol Red Notice was first introduced in 1946 ant it is issued on international wanted fugitives upon request by any country from 188 member countries or by an International Court. Further, discussions were held on dealing with information and service standards at the national central bureaus as well as the essential characteristics of the new system to handle police information.
The meetings of the third day dealt with the strategies addressing of terrorism and discussions on international dimensions of counter-terrorism. The Assembly also discussed the Interpol's framework for capacity-building and best practices as well as capacity building in the field of support for major events. The session also discussed the draft proactive partnerships with other organizations to implement agreements concluded with the United Nations and partnership between office of trademarks and patents in US.
A separate session also discussed a proposal to grant INTERPOL Permanent Observer status at AMERIPOL. The draft of cooperation agreements and memoranda of understanding, the results of the ministerial meeting on police participation in peacekeeping operations also were discussed. In addition memorandum of understanding between the Interpol and other Global and regional organizations including concerned vice presidency of World Bank Group and also African Union.
At the end of the third day, discussions were held on Interpol Constitution registration under article 102 of the Charter of the United Nations. The discussion also held to strengthen the social welfare system for the staff members of the Interpol.