INTERPOL is the only police organization functioning at the global level. It plays a distinctive role in boosting international policing actions. The organization focuses on three priority crime areas; organized and emerging crime, counter-terrorism, and cybercrime.
While developing the Global Policing Goals (GPGs), INTERPOL ensured that they aligned with the UNSDGs. In particular, the GPGs were aligned with SDG 16, “Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions” (Global Policing Goals, n.d.). INTERPOL’s role under the UNSDG 16 relates to its unique position. The United Nations identified the organization’s global potential as the broadest and oldest international law enforcement entity. INTERPOL has the potential to use its resources, including databases and international networks, to reduce all forms of violence, halt arms trafficking and combat organized crime, as highlighted under UNSDG 16.
Consider one of the specific topics related to crime under “See Also” toward the bottom of the page (terrorism, cybercrime, etc.). What actions is INTERPOL taking to curb these operations?
INTERPOL is involved in curbing human trafficking by supporting the national police in tactical deployments to pull apart the criminal networks involved in the activities. The organization supplies national police forces with the techniques and transnational structures needed to take on human trafficking, including using INTERPOL’s equipment and databases. They also train officers and collaborate with several other actors, such as non-governmental organizations, customs and environmental officers, prosecutors, and government officers from the ministries of health and social affairs.
INTERPOL developed the GPGs to address various issues related to crime and security. These goals are universal, ambitious, underpinned by collective action, and aligned with the UNSDGs. A report published by INTERPOL’s General Secretariat in 2020 identified direct and indirect relations between the GPGs and UNSDGs. Regarding UNSDG 16, there is a direct relation with GPG goals 1 to 4, which involve the priority crimes of INTERPOL which include organized and emerging crime, counter-terrorism, and cybercrime (Global Policing Goals, n.d.). The relationship shows the practicality of the initiatives in defeating crime and supporting the sustainable development of society.
Global Policing Goals. (n.d.). Www.Interpol.int.