UNODC and the Embassy of Palestine promote Arab community engagement in the Sahel

On 7 April 2015, the Ambassadors of Arab countries in Dakar participated in a roundtable meeting organized by UNODC and the Embassy of the State of Palestine. The event brought together for the first time the representatives of more than 17 Arab countries accredited to Senegal around key themes such as security and humanitarian assistance. Read More (Version française)

West African Ministers of Justice sign WACAP Charter to institutionalize judicial cooperation

On 23 March 2015, a high-level meeting was held in Accra, Ghana, further consolidating and institutionalizing the West African Network of Central Authorities and Prosecutors against Organised Crime (WACAP). Regrouping various Ministers of Justice and high-level representatives from the region, the event resulted in the signature of the WACAP charter. Read More (Version française)

Chad strengthens legislation against human trafficking thanks to UNODC support

On 25-26 March 2015, a technical workshop was held in N’Djamena, Chad, to validate the draft law on the fight against human trafficking. Resulting from UNODC's close collaboration with the Government of Chad, the event brought together legal practitioners, academics, sociologists, members of government and civil society. Read More (Version française)

NACIWA elects new Executive Committee and adopts a strategic plan (2015-2017)

Executive Committee of the Network of National Anti-Corruption Institutions in West Africa (from left to right): Mr. Shollay Davies; Mr. James Verdier Jr; Mr. Issoufou Boureima; Ms. Nafy Ngom Keïta

On 13 March 2015, the Network of National Anti-Corruption Institutions in West Africa (NACIWA) elected a new Executive Committee at their General Assembly Meeting convened by ECOWAS in Abuja, Nigeria. The new Executive Committee is constituted by Mr. Issoufou Boureima (President); Mr. James Verdier Jr. (Vice-President); Ms. Nafy Ngom Keïta (Secretary); and Mr. Shollay Davies (Finance Secretary). Read More (Version française)

Documentary fraud control in West Africa: UNODC strengthens the capacity of JAITFs

Documentary fraud is a key vector for illicit trafficking, threatening the security of many countries. On 2 to 6 March 2015, the Airport Communication Project of UNODC (AIRCOP) organized a specialized training on documentary fraud control, regrouping officials from Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean for the first time since 2010. Read More (Version française)

Community engagement in the fight against child exploitation in Senegal

UNODC, with the support of grassroots organizations, community and religious leaders, organized from 28 February to 3 March a community movement against the exploitation of children known in Senegal as talibés. During a forum that gathered more than 250 people in the municipality of Medina, various participants expressed their outrage against this form of daily exploitation. Read More (Version française)

UNODC consolidates West African anti-corruption efforts in Niamey

On 26-27 February, 13 national anti-corruption authorities from West African countries gathered in a conference in Niamey, bringing together heads of anti-corruption institutions for the first time since 2012. The conference connected investigators, developped a strategic plan for the region and supported the new ECOWAS Network of Anti-Corruption Institutions in West Africa. Read More (Version française)

4.5 tons of ivory seized thanks to UNODC-WCO Container Control Programme

Resulting from cooperation efforts between UNODC and African governments, Togolese authorities have recently seized 4.5 tons of ivory at the Lomé port. Orchestrated thanks to the UNODC-WCO Container Control Programme (CCP), this seizure highlights the importance that wildlife crimes can have on security and development efforts in the region. Read More (Version française)

UNODC launches a Joint Airport Interdiction Task Force in Mali

As part of its continued support to counter drug trafficking in the region, UNODC and the Government of Mali officially inaugurated on 9 February 2015, the Joint Airport Interdiction Task Force (JAITF) of Bamako Senou International Airport with the aim to better improve the detection, interdiction and investigative capacities of the airport. Read More (Version française)

UNODC to increase technical cooperation with Cabo Verde to counter organized crime

UNODC Regional Representative for West and Central Africa lead an official mission to Praia, Cabo Verde, from 4 to 8 February 2015, with the aim to strengthen UNODC's technical cooperation with the government and consult with national and international partners on the most effective way to address national priorities. Read More (Version française) (Versão portuguesa) 

Enhancing trans-border cooperation to tackle illicit trafficking

UNODC organized on 28-29 January a workshop on border control, with a special focus on land borders. With the objective of bringing together the leaders of different relevant institutions, the workshop aimed at enabling the drafting of recommendations conducive to improvements in the control of main entry points of the Sahel region. Read More (Version française)

Tackling human trafficking in West Africa: UNODC and the story of Anna and Precious

A few years ago, Anna, now aged 24, and her friend Precious, now 19, were brought from Nigeria to Okah, in northern Côte d'Ivoire, under the pretence of attractive jobs. With difficult living conditions back home, they made the choice of moving for a better life. The opportunity was not as innocent as it seemed and Anna and Precious soon found themselves being trafficked. Read More (Version française)

UNODC strengthens international cooperation in the Sahel

A strategy meeting took place on 19 and 20 January in Dakar, Senegal, to assess and evaluate the considerable progress achieved by UNODC through the UN Integrated Strategy for the Sahel, and set a precise direction for its future. Stakeholders approved the extension of the Sahel Programme until 2017 and further integration of Maghreb countries into activities in the region. Read More (Version française)

Consensus achieved on a draft anti-corruption bill in Niger with UNODC support

Anti-corruption officials in Niger achieved consensus on proposals related to draft anti-corruption legislation that is poised to be adopted by the Council of Ministers and the National Assembly in 2015. This result was achieved at a workshop organized by the HALCIA and UNODC held in Niamey, Niger, from 15 to 17 December 2014. Read More (Version française)


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