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Interpol Head Addresses BCUN, UN Audience

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Interpol Head Addresses BCUN, UN Audience

Interpol Head Addresses BCUN, UN Audience

-Tightening the Noose on Transnational Criminals

The global police organization Interpol is about to use high-tech ID cards and services that will enable its officers to cross borders more easily in pursuit of criminals.

At the June 15 event packed with BCUN members, United Nations officials, and foreign correspondents, Interpol’s secretary-general, Ronald Noble, discussed the introduction of the ID card. The event took place 48 hours before Noble addressed the UN General Assembly on organized transnational crime, where he pressed countries to commit to more global action to fight the problem through information sharing and cooperation.

“The deployment of our Global Smart eID card allows Interpol officers to cross borders more easily, and once in countries, they will be able to access global databases securely, something that's never been done before," he told participants at the luncheon event. “We should now be able to set a virtual border in any location in the world,” allowing officers to chase down criminals anywhere in the world without visa or other travel documents issued by the 188 countries that belong to Interpol.

The technology was developed for Interpol by Entrust, an American company that provides identity-based security tools for corporations, individuals and web sites. Its clients include the US Department of Homeland Security and passports of 30 countries. Entrust president, Bill Conner, also addressed the gathering.

When asked about the event, The ESB Group managing partner  and BCUN member Samiur Talukder said “As someone interested in economic development, security and peace in the MENASA region, I learned that Abu Dhabi in UAE serves as one of Interpol's hubs that in turn means the country and region play a crucial role in boosting international security and peace”.

The UN and Interpol are working together to enhance policing cooperation in post-conflict areas, and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called the two organizations “natural partners in boosting security and peace.”