Highlighting the role investigative journalism in the fight against corruption  

A regional workshop on investigating and reporting corruption on organized crime in the Sahel was held in Saly, Senegal, from 24 to 27 November 2014. The four-day workshop allowed renowned journalists from 14 countries in West Africa to exchange on the disastrous effects of corruption and drug trafficking and the centrality of investigative journalism in the process of helping to bring those responsible to justice.  Read More  (Version française)

UNODC facilitates marking and registration of small arms and light weapons in Niger  

In close collaboration with its regional partners, UNODC and the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs have donated three machines for marking small arms and light weapons to the National Commission for the Collection and Control of Illicit Arms of the Republic of Niger, and organized a training workshop on the marking and registration of light weapons and small arms. Read More  (Version française)

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 (WACI). Drugs, crime and terrorism represent some of the greatest threats to security and development in the West African region. Read more

Drug consumption and trafficking in West Africa: Local impact and 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

Improving Justice in Liberia

 

As part of a fellowship programme for law students who want to become public defenders, UNODC partnered with the Washington and Lee University School of Law in the United States and the Public Defense Office in Monrovia, Liberia. The programme aims to strengthen the national criminal justice system by introducing well-prepared lawyers into the profession.  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