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Old March 15th, 2010, 02:35 PM   #1
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Interpol Global Complex for Innovation (Due Sep 2014) | U/C

Has anyone heard of any news where Interpol will be located in Singapore. It has been circulating in France that the Interpol HQ in Lyon will be relocated to Singapore but from what I had found out the anti-criminal department has already been set up in Singapore. The rest will be coming shortly after.

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Any sources? this sounds quite big to me.
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Old March 19th, 2010, 05:20 PM   #3
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The INTERPOL–United Nations Ministerial Meeting
Strengthening the role of police in peacekeeping operations
11-12 October 2009, Singapore

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More than 60 Ministers attended the meeting, convened by INTERPOL and the United Nations to secure support from the international community for the role played by police peacekeepers in preserving peace worldwide.
Conflicts can threaten regional and international stability, and countries recovering from conflict are vulnerable to organized crime. It is internationally recognized that multilateral co-operation needs to be at the core of a global strategy to build sustainable security, and that police can play a crucial role in post-conflict peacekeeping operations.

For this reason, INTERPOL, the world’s largest global police organization, is creating a partnership with the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations. By combining their strengths, the two Organizations can create a powerful partnership and a wide-reaching network that will help restore peace and security.

To launch the partnership, a ministerial meeting will be held during INTERPOL’s 2009 General Assembly in Singapore from 11 to 15 October 2009. The one-day meeting will bring together decision-makers at the highest level from the United Nations and INTERPOL member countries and other international stakeholders.
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Looks like Singapore is taking good care of its reputation as a police-state ;-)
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Old July 1st, 2010, 10:22 AM   #5
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Interpol Expands To Singapore

Interpol s'agrandit... à Singapour

Le complexe global d’Interpol ouvrira début 2014 à Singapour.
Le Grand Lyon souhaitait accueillir ce nouvel équipement de l’organisation internationale mais le comité exécutif a décidé de l’installer à Singapour. Le secrétariat général de l’institution policière reste quant à lui à la cité internationale de Lyon.
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The Global complexe Interpol will open in 2014 in Singapore. The Grand Lyon wish to welcome this international expansion but the executive commitee have decided to locate to Singapore. The General Secretary of the police instuition will reste in the city of Lyon.


INTERPOL Global Complex in Singapore to enhance and strengthen policing worldwide

The new complex will enhance global security for tomorrow, said INTERPOL President Khoo Boon Hui.


INTERPOL’s Executive Committee endorsed plans for the state-of-the-art complex.


Singapore was chosen to host the complex because of its culture of innovation and dynamism.


The Singapore-based complex will increase INTERPOL�s operational reach around the globe.
LYON, France – INTERPOL‘s Executive Committee has unanimously endorsed plans for the creation of an INTERPOL Global Complex in Singapore. An implementat ion plan will be presented for approval at INTERPOL’s 79th General Assembly in Qatar in November with full operation projected for late 2013 or early 2014.

The new global complex will complement and support INTERPOL’s General Secretariat in Lyon, France which will remain the organization’s world headquarters.

“The establishment of the new state-of-the-art INTERPOL Global Complex in Singapore will represent a win-win situation for INTERPOL, Singapore and Asia, as well as addressing increasingly complex crime challenges in the 21st century. This decision reflects the need to think beyond today in order to enhance global security for tomorrow,” said INTERPOL President Khoo Boon Hui.

Key elements of the INTERPOL Global Complex will include:

* Innovative research and development to enhance forensics and database capabilities, particularly in the identification of crimes and criminals;

* Addressing the demand for technology and innovation-based police training and capacity building;

* Enhancing INTERPOL’s capacity to provide 24/7 operational support to police across time zones and distances with greater mobility.

Secretary General Ronald K. Noble welcomed the decision by INTERPOL’s governance body to back the establishment of the new global complex, which he described as 'an initiative that will increase INTERPOL’s operational reach around the globe’.

“With criminals taking ever greater advantage of technology and increasing challenges to law enforcement, this Global Complex will allow INTERPOL and global policing to remain one step ahead of transnational criminals by relying upon high-tech crime expertise as well as on Singapore’s and Asia’s dynamism and their culture of innovation,” said Secretary General Noble.

“The creation of the INTERPOL Global Complex marks a new milestone in the history of international law enforcement and of INTERPOL, and underscores Singapore’s commitment to international security. The new complex will co-operate with both public and private organizations in identifying areas for collaboration and co-operation while delivering a wider range of services to each of INTERPOL’s 188 member countries,” Noble concluded.

Source: Interpol Website
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Old July 1st, 2010, 04:03 PM   #6
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Not only is Interpol coming to Singapore, the United Nations Headquarter is moving to Singapore from its current location in New York too.

But that may not be a good thing for ordinary Singaporeans. Imagine all those thousands of diplomats having diplomatic immunity, committing traffic offences and not paying (like the current problem in NY) or worse knocking down pedestrians like that Romanian jerk and running away.

The pros of course, are increased in Singapore's position on the world stage, more rich diplomat taking our SIA flights, buying our bubbling condominiums, drinking our overpriced liquer and entertaining in our IRs . . . blah, blah, blah . . . all really have little to do with the HDB heartlanders.

Recently, our court has issued an international arrest warrant to the Interpol on that Briton graffiti vandal, the other half of that dynamic duo that broke into our Changi MRT depot and sprayed paint the train. The identity of that guy is known, his full name is known, catching him should not be any problem. I would have thought that within days, he would be caught. But nothing heard of now. I am wondering how effective is this Interpol organisation, even with a Singaporean police officer as the top man cannot carried out a Singaporean court international arrest warrant.

Maybe the british police simply close one eye or act blur to let him go. Some of these westerner has the notion that canining is barbaric . . . I am really interested to see whether that British vandal get caught.

Where would the Interpol building be? The empty plot of land beside the Cantonment police building? The one opposite SGH?
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Old July 1st, 2010, 04:34 PM   #7
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Not only is Interpol coming to Singapore, the United Nations Headquarter is moving to Singapore from its current location in New York too.
Since when?
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Old July 1st, 2010, 06:33 PM   #8
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Since when?
http://www.canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/18007

http://www.forbes.com/2010/01/11/dub...el-kotkin.html


And the U.N. may be leaving anyway. A relocation committee has recommended that the organization move temporarily to Singapore by 2015. It will be hard to vacate Asia again for New York, which is far away from the bulk of the world's largest population centers.

Singapore might make a fine world capital, since it does work like a fine watch. But it's already crowded, expensive and highly regulated. You have to wonder if hard-working, rational Singaporeans would want to drive up costs and lose their ability to run things as they see fit to accommodate the U.N. bureaucracy.
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Old July 2nd, 2010, 06:46 AM   #9
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they should give it land by the waterfront. finish the skyline. honestly i think that more traffic is worth the prestige of having the UN here. but it would make fine terrorist targets too.
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Old July 2nd, 2010, 08:19 AM   #10
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they should give it land by the waterfront. finish the skyline. honestly i think that more traffic is worth the prestige of having the UN here. but it would make fine terrorist targets too.
Yes, imagine a supertall UN building behind the central promenade in between The Sail and the MBFC filling up the missing front tooth of our waterfront skyline. That would have been perfect.

The Interpol is in discussion with the UN to collaborate with their peacekeeping corps. So we might even have the UN and Interpol located in the same building. But of course that would make the building super prime target for terrorist. Imagine blowing up one building and destroying both the UN and the Interpol, all at the same time!

The Singapore government welcomes the Interpol but is still unclear in its stand regarding the location of UN to Singapore. There are quite a number of cons / issues

1) Prime terrorist target, endanger other major commercial buildings around it too. Property prices around the UN building may actually drop because of this

2) A whole group of snobbish, bureaucratic UN officials unrestraint by our laws due to their diplomatic immunity can "comment" on Singapore government policies or even "slander" Singapore leaders, but protected from being sued.

3) The property and the land which it stood on will have to be given to the UN, FOC. Singapore already with insufficient land will find this difficult to swallow.

4) Minor offences by these UN officials like traffic fines, littering, etc. etc. or even molest and crimes against our citizen becomes impossible to enforce. If it happens, the government will definitely lose votes.


But of course the idea that the United Nation is actually in our own backyard, on this little red dot is really . . . wow!

The vanity factor of having the UN here is off the chart!
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Yes, imagine a supertall UN building behind the central promenade in between The Sail and the MBFC filling up the missing front tooth of our waterfront skyline. That would have been perfect.

The Interpol is in discussion with the UN to collaborate with their peacekeeping corps. So we might even have the UN and Interpol located in the same building. But of course that would make the building super prime target for terrorist. Imagine blowing up one building and destroying both the UN and the Interpol, all at the same time!

The Singapore government welcomes the Interpol but is still unclear in its stand regarding the location of UN to Singapore. There are quite a number of cons / issues

1) Prime terrorist target, endanger other major commercial buildings around it too. Property prices around the UN building may actually drop because of this

2) A whole group of snobbish, bureaucratic UN officials unrestraint by our laws due to their diplomatic immunity can "comment" on Singapore government policies or even "slander" Singapore leaders, but protected from being sued.

3) The property and the land which it stood on will have to be given to the UN, FOC. Singapore already with insufficient land will find this difficult to swallow.

4) Minor offences by these UN officials like traffic fines, littering, etc. etc. or even molest and crimes against our citizen becomes impossible to enforce. If it happens, the government will definitely lose votes.


But of course the idea that the United Nation is actually in our own backyard, on this little red dot is really . . . wow!

The vanity factor of having the UN here is off the chart!

ya. having the UN here will also make it impossible for anyone to invade us again. we can do away with NS, turn it into mandatory grooming course.

ya i dun think singapore can deal with outsider criticism of our own version of democracy. so i think the upcoming thing will be on trial basis then maybe ultimately we will terminate the contract and ask them go away.

between dubai and singapore, euro nations will vote dubai, and our neighbours may just vote against us anyway lol.
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i kind of think it would make more sense to have it around kallang basin, to give the place more character, and if u put it in ndt there would be security and traffic issues etc.
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Well, despite the drawbacks, I'd love this to happen. This would mean that Singapore is turning into the capital of the World. Upstaging NYC. Just how awesome would that be??
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While there are also reports saying UN is deciding to move to Dubai, I think Singapore is a better choice for both Interpol and UN. The reason as to why they want to move to Asia is because Asia represents a bigger population of the world. China alone has 20-25 percent of world's population, not even adding India's in.

I certainly would welcome both organizations too, maybe one day IMF or more organizations will consider moving here =). Here are some reasons why I think they should choose Singapore.

Singapore lies between China and India, 2 of the most populated and fastest developing nations. We have a diverse population made up of many races living in harmony, unlike Dubai, India or China with mainly one race. We are more of a neutral party because we don't support any one party. We have an open and stable economy with very good infrastructure (banking, transport and telecommunication systems). We're also well connected to all parts of the world, so any VIP or guest can come here easily. Our crime rate is relatively low and the people are educated, living comfortably. Our people do not go on strike or care much about what's happening elsewhere, so we're super neutral. The list can go on!

http://topnews.ae/content/21226-un-t...dquarter-dubai

This article was published after an earlier article that says UN is considering Singapore, which was in Dec 2009, quite a while ago. It's been awhile, and I believe there are no updates so far, so I think we can wait for news from Singapore source which would be more reliable.

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Old July 2nd, 2010, 11:55 AM   #15
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While there are reports saying UN is deciding to move to Dubai too,
http://www.forbes.com/2010/01/11/dub...el-kotkin.html

If u read the report carefully, the author is actually being sarcastic about Dubai extravagence in building too much skycrapers that are almost empty at the moment. The property market crashed and Dubai is bankrupt. So the almost empty tallest building in the world, The Burj Dubai (renamed to Burj Khalifa - name of the ruler of Abu Dhabi who bailed them out) can be offered to UN free of charge.

Imagine you are an UN official having your family with you, and accomodation etc are all paid for by your country. Where would you want to migrate? Singapore of-course! safe, fun and with good schools available for their children.

In addition,吃喝嫖赌 are ALL legal and easily available in Singapore. Not so in Dubai. After the decision have been made, they will then justify why they choose Singapore in a report stating all those textbook answers.

With Singapore's improving relationship with our neighbours now, they are unlikely to vote against us. It is benefitial for them too. Imagine all the UN officials taking frequent holidays at the luxurous resorts in Malaysia, Bintan, Bali, Phuket, Bangkok, Siem Reap and Vietnam etc.

Now it is a matter of whether the Singapore government want them here and go all out to woo them. The relocation committee has already recommended Singapore. http://humanist.ws/?p=11
Our government can of course politely turn down the offer to host the UN citing the lack of land.

Maybe Singapore can take the opportunity to really make Malaysia happy, by sharing that honour and co-developing the UN building with Malaysia on land beside Marina Bay Sands, swapped from the railroad land. The Malaysians like this sort of "got face" and prestige projects. They will feel that the KTMB land swap was a good deal after all. Singapore wins by swapping a train station for the UN

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Old July 3rd, 2010, 12:15 PM   #16
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Location wise, I might think that it will be around the gardens at the Bay. Lots of empty lands around the Marina South Area. It will also be near the New Tanjong Pagar Business District Area.

Since the Interpol is confirmed moving to our fine lands and the doubts of UN relocating here. There might be also news of other organisations to be moved here as well. Not only we are the Switzerland of Asia; being geneva has all the IMF, IOC, UNOG, ILO, WHO, UNHCR, EMEA etc etc... these HQ might be relocating to our soils iin the future too...

We are around the world most populous nations and riches nations as well. The number of millionaires in south east asia are at par with europe. We are in the middle between Indonesia, China and India. We are also near to the crisis area of the world. The ring of fire is at our door steps. We can be the HQ for all crisis management agencies...

To make this happen, WE the Singaporeans need to look beyond business and engineering. We have to built our skills on hospitality, crisis management, geologist, scientists, psycologists, historians, lawyers and higher skilled personnel. The city have to look beyond the city area and goes to the heartland. Let the city invade the city. Let the heartlanders mixes with the people living in the city to understand the life, culture and desires of each and everyone. The whole country could then be a liveable place to live, work and play and this is not just for marina bay but the whole country itself.
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Current UN HQ in NYC. It consists of 4 buildings.


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Not only is Interpol coming to Singapore, the United Nations Headquarter is moving to Singapore from its current location in New York too.

But that may not be a good thing for ordinary Singaporeans. Imagine all those thousands of diplomats having diplomatic immunity, committing traffic offences and not paying (like the current problem in NY) or worse knocking down pedestrians like that Romanian jerk and running away.

The pros of course, are increased in Singapore's position on the world stage, more rich diplomat taking our SIA flights, buying our bubbling condominiums, drinking our overpriced liquer and entertaining in our IRs . . . blah, blah, blah . . . all really have little to do with the HDB heartlanders.

Recently, our court has issued an international arrest warrant to the Interpol on that Briton graffiti vandal, the other half of that dynamic duo that broke into our Changi MRT depot and sprayed paint the train. The identity of that guy is known, his full name is known, catching him should not be any problem. I would have thought that within days, he would be caught. But nothing heard of now. I am wondering how effective is this Interpol organisation, even with a Singaporean police officer as the top man cannot carried out a Singaporean court international arrest warrant.

Maybe the british police simply close one eye or act blur to let him go. Some of these westerner has the notion that canining is barbaric . . . I am really interested to see whether that British vandal get caught.

Where would the Interpol building be? The empty plot of land beside the Cantonment police building? The one opposite SGH?
Rattan Canning was in fact invented by British Colonial Government in the past against criminals here.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caning_in_Singapore

If the English guy is caught and canned for his vandlism act, it's merely a taste of own medicine from their British colonial ancestors



Alternative, is to jail him for 30 years, by the time he is out of the jail, he will be above 50 years old and any convicted male criminal who is above the age of 50 years old will be exempted for the caning

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Before you guys get carried away, if you look at the end of the article from the Humanist, it says "This TFN article is for your edification only, and is not yet factual".

TFN is The Future News, "which consist of “articles” in a news release format that outline innovations and events we might like to see, as Humanists, actually come to pass."

In fact, if you read the comments to the Forbes article, who I believe is the author of the Humanist commented "The writers here, picked up my 'Future News" TFN article, believed it, and then morphed it to Dubai (they cite my article verbatim). Ain't underground disinformation grand? It would be so wonderful if it happened..."

So guys, UN is not moving.
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Old July 6th, 2010, 08:03 AM   #20
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tyche, I think u r right! I'm so sorry guys

The best part of this is that the Dubai government responded to the article by Forbes, and actually release a press statement offering to host the UN. This was published by all major news, AFP, Fox, reuters and Bloomberg etc. giving credence to the original story.

I saw that report, traced it back to Forbes.com and saw Singapore mentioned and believed it since they are all reputable news vendors. I did have my doubts when I tried to search for "UN moving to Singapore", I only found 2 articles - Canadafreepress and the humanist (saw that 'to be verified comments too'). However, I thought the Singapore government weren't that keen and hence little report on that.

I can now appreciate why the Singapore government is so serious about sueing reputable magazines/ newspaper for slanderous reports . . .

Lesson learned. Thanks tyche for the effort to check and correct this. I tip my hat to you for actually clicking on the 'more comments' to read all the hidden comments to discover the truth

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