Empowering Law Enforcement to Protect Biodiversity, Promote Peace, and Ensure Climate Recovery and Resilience: A Landmark Event at COP28
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- In just 9 months since it was launched, the International Initiative of Law Enforcement for Climate (I2LEC) led by the Ministry of Interior of the United Arab Emirates has developed a series of groundbreaking initiatives, in partnership with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Progress made was presented at
COP28during an inaugural ministerial meeting, the first time senior law enforcement officials played such an active part at a COP.
- I2LEC launched the most recent outcomes of a Global Heat Map showcasing environmental crimes as the world's third most lucrative criminal business after drugs and counterfeit goods, ahead of even human trafficking, highlighting the crucial role of law enforcement in the global fight against climate change.
Ministers from diverse regions, spanning the
The event also drew the participation of key figures from international bodies, including senior officials from the UNODC, INTERPOL, and the United Nations Rule of Law and Security Institutions. The discussion highlighted the scale of the challenge and the importance of giving law enforcement agencies the means to effectively address crimes that affect the environment, through engaging in international cooperation, sharing best practice, raising awareness, and incorporating cutting edge technology.
Ministers also agreed to the Abu Dhabi Call to Action, as part of the I2LEC initiative, confirming the need to strengthen international cooperation, capacity building and training, as well as the integration of technology and innovation. The Abu Dhabi Call to Action has already seen the support of multiple stakeholders across the globe and has received an overwhelming number of endorsements from regional organizations and over 65 countries around the world.
Presenting the outcomes of the I2LEC Global Heat Map, H.H. Lieutenant
"There is no turning back from the impacts of climate change and as the years go by, the role of law enforcement in safeguarding our natural ecosystem will only grow stronger. We remain committed to supporting law enforcement agencies across the globe, bridging the gap between the Global South and the Global North. The
Ms. Ghada Waly, Director General of the UN Office at
"Today, as the key strategic partner, I am pleased to announce that I2LEC, thanks to the massive efforts deployed by the
Speaking on the two joint operations coordinated by INTERPOL under the I2LEC, H.E. Maj Gen.
"Recognizing law enforcement as a reliable force and ally in the battle against climate change is crucial. As we unite to protect biodiversity, promote peace, and ensure climate recovery and resilience, the collective impact of law enforcement has been showcased as a catalyst for positive change. This event is a true milestone that we will build on."
I2LEC was launched in
I2LEC weaves into the
I2LEC will also benefit from the long-standing strategic partnership between the
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SOURCE International Initiative of Law Enforcement for Climate (I2LEC)
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