15 May 2022



United Nations unaware of any biological weapons programmes in Ukraine, top disarmament official affirms, as Security Council considers new claims by Russian Federation

The United Nations is not aware of any biological weapons programmes in Ukraine, a senior disarmament affairs official told the Security Council today, as it met to consider new information submitted by the Russian Federation alleging the existence of such weapons.



14.9 million excess deaths associated with the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 and 2021

New estimates from the World Health Organization (WHO) show that the full death toll associated directly or indirectly with the COVID-19 pandemic (described as “excess mortality”) between 1 January 2020 and 31 December 2021 was approximately 14.9 million (range 13.3 million to 16.6 million).  



Secretary-General's message for World Telecommunication and Information Society Day

Secretary-General António Guterres: On this World Telecommunication and Information Society Day, we focus on digital technologies for older people and healthy ageing.

From building smarter cities to combatting age-based discrimination at the workplace, ensuring financial inclusion, safeguarding independence, and supporting millions of caregivers across the world – information technology has vast potential to improve the lives of older people and their families and communities.





121 arrests in operation against migrant smuggling and human trafficking

Operation Storm Makers busts criminal networks profiting from the movement of vulnerable men, women and children across borders.

LYON, France – An INTERPOL-coordinated operation targeting migrant smuggling and human trafficking has triggered 121 arrests across 25 countries, prompting 193 new investigations.



Global experts examine the changing face of match-fixing

INTERPOL Match-Fixing Task Force calls for harmonized global efforts

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – The 12th meeting of INTERPOL’s Match-Fixing Task Force (IMFTF) has concluded with a call to harmonize global efforts to curb competition manipulation.



Project STADIA concludes final training course on event security and threat management

Close cooperation vital to assessing security risks and adopting counter-measures

LYON, France – Law enforcement face significant security challenges at major international sporting events such as the FIFA World Cup tournaments and Olympic Games.




2022 EU drug markets analyses from Europol and the EMCDDA

Europe’s changing role in expanding cocaine and methamphetamine markets

Europe’s role in international drug production and trade is changing, according to new analyses released today 
by Europol and the EU drugs agency (EMCDDA). In an in-depth look at the cocaine and methamphetamine markets, the agencies point to increased production activities in Europe and how collaboration between criminal groups worldwide is creating new security threats and expanding the market. 


Crypto investment scams infographic

Crypto investment scams – how do they work?


Gun smugglers behind mail order service arrested in Poland and the Netherlands

An international operation involving law enforcement authorities from Poland and the Netherlands has resulted in the takedown of a gang of gunrunners accused of smuggling an arsenal of weapons into Poland using parcel delivery companies.



Three German fugitives arrested in Spain for providing shadow banking system to criminals

With the support of Europol’s Financial and Economic Crime Centre (EFECC), the Spanish Civil Guarda (Guardia Civil), together with the German Federal Criminal Police Office (Bundeskriminalamt) and the Police Headquarters Heilbronn (Polizeipräsidium Heilbronn), have broken up a money laundering ring which was operating a parallel banking system for criminals.