Discussion with the Special Representative of INTERPOL to the UN
INTERPOL’s mission is to connect police around to world in order to deal with international crime
The Special Representative of INTERPOL to the UN office serves as a liaison position within both organizations and seeks to mediate cooperation between the policing and diplomatic worlds. Much of the office’s work deals with counterterrorism efforts
INTERPOL plays an unbiased role in international negotiations
Ms. Elisabeth Neugebauer, Deputy Special Representative of INTERPOL to the UN, spoke to NYU students on October 10, 2018. The event was hosted by the NYU UN Initiative (UNI) in GCASL 269. Neugebauer spoke about INTERPOL’s overall mission and her office’s distinct role in connecting the diplomatic and policing worlds.
Neugebauer explained the role INTERPOL plays in the supranational diplomatic world. The organization’s goal is to connect police around the world in order to efficiently deal with international crime. INTERPOL currently has 192 member countries. Most of these members are connected via online databases such as the stolen motor vehicles database and the child sexual trafficking database.
Neugebauer went on to elaborate on the specific demands of her office as a liaison position in the UN. She said she aims to increase the global visibility of INTERPOL and promote effective policing policies through interaction with UN members.
Neugebauer said much of her office’s work at the UN involves assisting member governments, the UN DPKO, and UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations in counterterrorism efforts, adding that assistance is done through close cooperation with key members of the UN. When asked to elaborate, she said key members may not necessarily be large global powers but strategically situated member states in any region.
Omar Fahmy of the UNI questioned Neugebauer on the disappearance of Meng Hongwei, former president of INTERPOL. Neugebauer did not mention how Meng’s disappearance affected her job or INTERPOL at large, but pointed out that the president of INTERPOL is an administrative executive position. According to Neugebauer, the Secretary General of INTERPOL plays a more active role in running the organization.
Asked about whether INTERPOL’s work in the UN has become more difficult given the current geopolitical climate, Neugebauer replied that while work in the UN can be heavily politicized, INTERPOL acts as a neutral player in UN negotiations.
This report was compiled by Danny Hegberg on October 17, 2018, and edited by Jamin Chen. As part of IR INSIDER’s partnership with the NYU UN Initiative, this report can also be found at uninitiative.org.