30 August 2016 - CRIMJUST Project Cooperation Agreement between UNODC and INTERPOL, signed at the end of August, enhances the partnership and cooperation arrangement to tackle transnational organized crime challenges.
Promoting global partnerships is fundamental to address the shared challenges posed by transnational organized crime, UNODC and INTERPOL have a strong commitment to cooperate and join efforts to tackle drug trafficking and related organized crime along the Cocaine Route in Latin America, the Caribbean and West Africa.
On 30 August, UNODC and INTERPOL signed a Project Cooperation Agreement (PCA) in the framework of the CRIMJUST project to promote capacity building of law enforcement authorities dealing with organized crime to collect evidence for successful prosecutions, as well as, to conduct joint investigations on the inter-regional level.
As an implementing partner, INTERPOL seeks to prevent and fight crime through enhanced cooperation and innovation on police and security matters. INTERPOL will play a strategic role on facilitating mutual assistance between law enforcement authorities through targeted training, expert investigative support, and secure communications channels.
This agreement expands UNODC and INTERPOL partnership and includes joint efforts to build capacities and coordination against illicit trafficking. Consolidated activities under CRIMJUST project will assist Member States to undertake more effective investigations, prosecutions and international cooperation to counter organised crime and cocaine trafficking along the cocaine route.
Under the framework of the project CRIMJUST, the UNODC and its partners (INTERPOL and TI) aim to assist Member States to enhance their capacity and integrity of criminal justice institutions to detect, investigate, prosecute and adjudicate illicit cocaine trafficking cases, to foster cooperation at the interregional level for effective action to tackle drug trafficking and related organized crime.
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