The United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC-AIRCOP), and the Norwegian National Police Directorate, including the National Criminal Investigation Service (Kripos) delivered a four-day in-person Training Course on “Targeting” – the process of using available data, tools and intelligence to identify known high-risk travelers who may pose a national security threat. The course was organized for Norwegian authorities and took place in Oslo’s Kripos premises. 21 participants from the police, customs, and security service attended the training, supported by Passenger Information Unit (PIU) experts and facilitators from the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Finnish Government.
The Training Course highlighted five main objectives: understanding the structure and the role of staff in Targeting Centres and Passenger Information Units, knowing the key differences between Advance Passenger Information (API) and Passenger Name Record (PNR), identifying relevant risk information and creating risk profiles with PNR data, knowing how to issue traveler targets and recommend follow-up actions, and understanding the basic functions of the ‘goTravel’ system.
The National Criminal Investigation Service (Kripos) is a specialized agency of the Norwegian Police Service focused on technical and tactical investigation and assists police districts in countering organized crime. Kripos also serves as the center for international police cooperation, including participation in Interpol and Europol.
The UN Countering Terrorist Travel Programme, a flagship global initiative of the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) follows an ‘’All-of-UN’’ approach to provide comprehensive, yet tailored assistance to beneficiary Member States, with the support of five implementing partners, including the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the United Nations Office of Information and Communications Technology (OICT), the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), and the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL).
Currently supporting 51 beneficiary Member States across the globe, the programme assists beneficiary Member States in enhancing their national capabilities to detect and intercept terrorists and serious criminals by using API and PNR data and cross-checking against INTERPOL, and other international and national databases of known and suspected terrorists and criminals, in accordance with Security Council resolutions 2178 (2014), 2396 (2017), and 2482 (2019), ICAO standards and recommended practices, and other international law obligations, relevant privacy laws, and human rights principles. The Programme also promotes regional cooperation through enhanced information exchange and sharing of lessons learned and good practices.
Thursday, 31 March 2022 - 5:00pm