UNODC launched its Midterm Report of the Regional Programme for West Africa

           
           
                  
                             
   Activities of UNODC in the region are supported by financial and technical contributions of Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, the European Union, France, Germany, Japan, Italy, Luxembourg, Monaco, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.

The Midterm Report of the UNODC Regional Programme for West Africa was officially launched during the regional Steering Committee meeting on 27 November 2018. The Report showcases the results achieved by the governments of the West African region, with the support of UNODC, regarding their fight against illicit trafficking, transnational organized crime, corruption, terrorism and drug demand reduction.

The Report was presented to the country representatives in the presence of Mrs. Miwa Kato, UNODC Chief of Operations, Mr Matar Diop, representative of the Ministry of Interior of Senegal and Mr Pierre Lapaque, Regional Representative of UNODC in West and Central Africa. Indeed, Mrs Miwa Kato visited the Regional Office for West and Central Africa for the first time and met with high-level representatives from Senegal and UNODC main partners and donors on 26 November 2018.

 

"I would like to conclude with the excellent results obtained in West Africa through the two years of implementation of the Regional Programme and to compliment all the States for their efforts to achieve targets under the Sustainable Development Goals, as set forth in the 2030 Agenda" stated Mrs Kato while opening the second Steering Committee meeting and launching the Midterm report.

This Report is an analytical review of activities delivered and results achieved by the different UNODC programmes and projects between 2016 and 2018. To respond efficiently to threats and challenges in West Africa and the Sahel, UNODC adopted an integrated, evidence-based, response anchored in partnership. This response is also based on the Sustainable Development Goals, mainstreaming human rights and gender throughout its implementation. Thus, in the Report, the aim is to objectively identify progress in tackling the numerous challenges in the region and to highlight the efforts made to achieve the SDGs. Specific short stories on the SDGs are to be found throughout the Report.

According to the Report, UNODC implemented 924 activities between July 2016 and July 2018 reaching 26,348 beneficiaries in the 16 countries.

As the Report demonstrates, results achieved by government institutions in the region showcase strong ownership in dealing with the various security challenges they are facing:

  • Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Guinee, Mali and Niger established their own Asset Recovery and Asset Management Offices;
  • Burkina Faso launched the first Master's Programme on Anti-Corruption at the University of Ouagadougou II;
  • Cabo Verde drafted its internal operation regulation, pedagogical and therapeutic programmes for the Socio-Educational Centre "Orlando Pantera" for children in conflict with the law;
  • Côte d'Ivoire adopted a holistic legislation against trafficking in persons and a five-year action plan against trafficking in persons and created a National Committee;
  • Mali adopted new training modules on trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants for Police, Gendarmes and Magistrates Institutes;
  • Mauritania developed its Action Plan to identify counter-terrorism goals and priorities from a criminal justice perspective and means to implement it;
  • Niger provided legal aid to 823 detainees in the context of fighting terrorism, of which 270 persons were released, 133 were convicted and 242 procedures were settled;
  • Nigeria developed a new Terrorism Prevention and Prohibition Law and reviewed its Civil Aviation related bills to bring them in line with international obligations and standards in relation to terrorism-related international treaties and protocols;
  • Senegal launched its first course on Addictology at the University of Dakar;
  • Togo revised its legal framework on maritime crime and adopted a new law on maritime law enforcement operations and a new penal code.

Finally, as highlighted in the last section of the report, UNODC will continue strengthening capacities with a view to consolidating the results already achieved in West Africa and to build on them to ensure their sustainability by encouraging South/South cooperation, the establishment of pool of regional experts and the creation of networks in the region.

 

The Report is available is French and English.

For more information:

Midterm report of the Regional Programme (published in Nov. 2018)

UNODC Regional Programme for West Africa

UNODC held the Second Steering Committee meeting of the Regional Programme