6 October 2009 - In today's world, terrorism knows no borders. Criminals carry out their illicit activities by moving from one country to another or by operating on several national territories. As a result, in an increasingly interdependent world, no State alone can deal effectively with terrorism.
Cooperation between States to prevent and suppress acts of terrorism today is crucial. States must provide prompt and effective assistance to each other to effectively address the terrorist threat.
In order to strengthen this cooperation, UNODC, together with the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) and the DiploFoundation, recently launched an online training course for persons involved in international cooperation in criminal matters, in particular in extradition and mutual legal assistance.
The six-week course, which began on 28 September, will provide Member States with technical assistance for strengthening judicial and police cooperation against terrorism. More specifically, it will enable criminal justice and law enforcement officers from both the developed and the developing world to implement the universal instruments against terrorism.
Fifty applicants from 45 different countries will work through the highly interactive online platform, which offers a comprehensive and interactive approach to best practices in judicial and police cooperation on counter-terrorism issues.
Among the topics to be covered by the course are: measures to prevent terrorist acts; exchange of police information; mutual legal assistance in criminal matters; and the search for and extradition of terrorists.
Online training is one of the many technical assistance activities undertaken by UNODC to strengthen Member States' national capacity to counter terrorism.