Last week: Secretary General Stock in D.C. for Final Nuclear Security Summit
On March 31st and April 1st, the White House and U.S. Department of State hosted the fourth and final Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, D.C. The purpose of the summit, attended by 53 nations and 3 non-governmental organizations, was to strengthen international commitments to the security of nuclear materials. It also provided world leaders the opportunity to discuss new initiatives for combating nuclear terrorism through improved communication, new training, and the sharing of best practices. Secretary General Jürgen Stock was the head of the delegation for INTERPOL, along with Director Geoffrey Shank, representing the U.S. National Central Bureau (USNCB).
The day before the summit, the Secretary General and USNCB leadership met with staff from the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Subcommittee, as well as staff from the House Homeland Security Committee later that day. Dr. Stock provided a strategic overview of his vision for INTERPOL going into 2020, emphasizing connectivity between the organization’s databases and those of its members in Europe, improving the use of biometrics, and securing borders against foreign terrorist fighter (FTF) travel. Dr. Stock also noted that though INTERPOL continues to excel in integrating security infrastructure, the rise of cybercrime poses ever greater challenges to law enforcement, and more must be done to ensure partners are communicating their intentions and addressing local administrative problems. To do so, Dr. Stock stressed, requires not only the support of a nation’s NCB, but the uncensored support of its respective government.