Legal aid key in strengthening rule of law in the Sahel region

On 2-4 September 2014, officials from countries in the Sahel region - Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Niger and Senegal - as well as from Algeria and Morocco, met at Bamako, Mali, to agree on the steps needed to improve the access to legal aid in their criminal justice systems. The workshop was implemented as part of UNODC's Sahel Programme, developed in response to a surge in organized crime in the region. Read More

UNODC spreads its message against human trafficking all over the world

On 30 July, UNODC marked the first World Day against Trafficking in Persons with activities across the globe to raise awareness about this heinous crime. These activities highlighted the plight of victims of human trafficking, aided by a UNODC social media campaign entitled  #igivehope. Read More

Action against drugs and crime supports Mali's peace and development efforts: UNODC Chief Yury Fedotov   

UNODC Executive Director praised the efforts of the Malian government and the excellent cooperation between UNODC and DPKO in Mali and West Africa. Mr. Yury Fedotov said that "UNODC and DPKO have forged a close collaboration that capitalizes on each organizations' mandates and experience, but also views peacekeeping and fighting drugs and organized crime as interconnected issues calling for joint responses."  Read More

Drugs and crime threat mobilizes international support for West Africa Coast Initiative

Donor representatives and high-level officials, including UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov have gathered in New York to renew their support for the West African region through the West Africa Coast Initiative. Drugs, crime and terrorism represent some of the greatest threats to security and development in West Africa. Read more

Drug consumption and trafficking in West Africa: Local impact, international implications

Drug consumption and the impact of trafficking on governance, security and development in West Africa was highlighted this week at an event organized by the West Africa Commission on Drugs (WACD) and the International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC), held on the side-lines of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) which took place in Vienna, Austria on 21 March 2014.  Read more

UNODC chief briefs Security Council on drug and crime vulnerability in West Africa, Sahel

The importance of confronting illicit drugs in West Africa and the Sahel was underlined yesterday  at a Security Council briefing on this significant issue. Organized by France, the current President of the Security Council, the event saw UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov, among others, deliver key statements on drug trafficking in West Africa and Sahel. Read more

Sahel region countries agree to cooperate in response to illicit trafficking, organized crime and terrorism

Representatives from Algeria, Burkina Faso, Chad, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco and Niger met last week in Burkina Faso to agree on areas of cooperation to address the interconnected problems of drug trafficking, organized crime and terrorism that have plagued the region for the last decade. The delegates agreed on a number of measures as part of a UNODC response strategy for the Sahel. Read more