Interpol congress focuses on chemical, explosives terrorism

The France-based International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) is hosting a four-day global congress to explore ways to ensure security amid increasing threats of chemical and explosives terrorism, the organization said in a statement on Tuesday.

The Global Congress on Chemical Security and Emerging Threats which started on Monday at Interpol’s General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon, will last till Oct. 31.

“By bringing together diverse expertise, the congress is unique in its emphasis on developing symbiotic public-private relationships between law enforcement, industry experts and policymakers, and serves to support each of these actors’ ability to close the gaps exploited by criminals and terrorists to acquire precursor chemicals,” noted Interpol.

About 200 delegations of government officials, international and regional organizations, academia and the chemical industry “will share experiences and best practices for improving security throughout the lifecycle of chemicals that are used for criminal purposes.”

Participants will also focus on other subjects, such as regional security concerns, emerging technologies used by non-state actors to spread toxic chemicals and explosives, as well as the identification of vulnerabilities in chemical precursor and component supply chains, in a bid to find the best ways to address these issues.

“With increasingly sophisticated methods and technologies used to carry out devastating atrocities, it is vital to strengthen chemical security. This means addressing the entire chemical lifecycle, from development, production, transportation and transit through to their use and disposal,” said Jurgen Stock, Interpol secretary general.

“Effectively addressing chemical and explosives terrorism requires a committed and global response,” he added.