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UN Resolution highlights INTERPOL’s role in protecting critical infrastructure

A Resolution adopted by the United Nations Security Council highlights INTERPOL’s global role in providing capacity-building and technical assistance to protect critical infrastructure from terrorists.

UNSC Resolution 2341 (2017), endorsed against a backdrop of recent terrorist attacks on critical infrastructure - including international airports in Brussels and Istanbul - underlines how protecting critical infrastructure requires international collaboration, both domestically and across borders.

It also highlights the need to enhance the exchange of operational information, including on the actions and movements of terrorists, with a range of stakeholders – governmental authorities, law enforcement, foreign partners and private sector owners and operators.

INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock said the interdependence of infrastructure across sectors and industries, between cyber and physical areas, and across national boundaries, means that the consequences of an attack could be far-reaching.

“One attack on a single point of failure could disrupt or destroy multiple vital systems in the country directly affected, causing a ripple effect worldwide. This creates an appealing target to those intending to harm us. As our cities and infrastructure evolve, so do the weapons of terrorists,” said Secretary General Stock.

“Conflict zone tactics – such as simultaneous active shooter events, armoured vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices or portable Unmanned Aerial Systems with explosive payloads – can be honed for use in our city streets and against key facilities.

“Law enforcement is keenly aware of a tragic paradox: a terrorist incident is often among the best opportunity for learning and improving. Sharing these lessons across borders means reaping the benefits, without paying that cost.” concluded Stock.

Underlining the need for all relevant actors to prepare, prevent, and respond to such attacks, Mr Stock said these imperatives are central to INTERPOL’s global efforts to promote intelligence sharing, capacity building and resilience in crucial areas.



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