The United Arab Emirates announced Monday that it has donated $54 million to the Interpol Foundation, as the Gulf country prepares to host a joint forum on global security.
The funds will go toward seven Interpol projects including counter terrorism, cybercrime and drugs, an official statement said.
The threats posed by terrorism, organized crime and cybercrime are more complex and global than ever, requiring Interpol to play an even stronger role in international police cooperation, Interpol secretary-general Jurgen Stock said.
The generosity of the UAE’s contribution will have a significant impact on strengthening the work of law enforcement worldwide, Stock said in a statement.
The news came on the eve of a three-day Unity for Security forum in Abu Dhabi. The conference is the first such venture organized jointly by the UAE and the intergovernmental police organization Interpol.
The UAE last May announced it had signed an agreement with the Interpol Foundation for Abu Dhabi to host the group’s World Bureau headquarters.
The Interpol Foundation for a Safer World, founded in 2013 and registered in Geneva, is tasked with supporting the work of Interpol while remaining legally and administratively independent, according to its website.
The foundation, which last year received close to $11 million in donations, has pledged a $54-million contribution to Interpol between 2016 and 2020.
The UAE is a key regional ally in the U.S.-led coalition’s fight against Daesh (ISIS) in Iraq and Syria.
The Gulf state in 2014 introduced sweeping counter terrorism legislation enabling courts to hand down the death penalty in cases linked to militant groups.
The country blacklists 83 organizations as terrorist, including Al-Qaeda, Daesh and Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood.