UNODC holds anti-terrorism capacity building workshop for Togolese judicial police officers


Experts from UNODC and INTERPOL led the workshop on international police cooperation, the specific procedural rules for cooperation, the mechanisms of coordination & cooperation between judicial authorities and intelligence services on the fight against terrorism and transnational organized crime. Read more

Motorbikes provided to combat smuggling of migrants & cross-border crimes in Liberia


Motorcycles and office equipment were handed over to the Liberian Immigration Services by ONUDC to assist border officials and strengthen their resources in their daily fight against migrant smuggling and human trafficking. An assessment conducted by UNODC in 2018 revealed that border offices lacked the crucial equipment, and LIS officers had to patrol long distances on foot in rural areas. Read more

Launch of CYBER October: adopting cyber barrier gestures during COVID-19


UNODC and the Ministry of Digital Economy and Telecommunications in Senegal launched Cyber October and a series of weekly webinars hosted by cybersecurity experts in Senegal. Senegal is the fifth African country most attacked by cybercriminals on the continent, 71st among the most attacked countries globally.  More people online has led to more cybercrimes during the pandemic. Read more

Senegal's Ministry of Health & UNODC mark World Mental Health Day


World Mental Health Day was celebrated around the world on October 10, 2020. It comes at a time when billions of people around the world have been affected by the COVID 19 pandemic.  UNODC supported this initiative by raising awareness of mental health issues and the need for further investment at a workshop organized by the Senegalese Ministry of Health. Read more

UNODC partnership with Ghana navy, NGOs helps track fisheries violations


Fourteen fishing vessels suspected of illegal activities and overfishing were detected and tracked during a 36-hour operation made possible due to the first-ever combined maritime enforcement operation between four Ghanaian Maritime Law Enforcement agencies, three private partners and UNODC technical assistance to support the Ghanaian Navy. Read more

UNODC combats cybercrime to keep children safe online during the COVID 19


To promote cybersecurity during the month of October, the UNODC Global Cybercrime Program in Dakar is rolling out an awareness video for kids each week on a different aspect of online safety. The short, animated videos illustrate the dangers of sexting, speaking to strangers online, cyberbullying, and opting-in to purchase ‘gifts’.  For maximum impact, the videos have been released in French, English, and Portuguese. Read more

UNODC holds a consultative meeting with counter-terrorism focal points of Ghana


Despite the COVID-19 emergency, UNODC continues to support Member States and provide technical assistance. The Terrorism Prevention Branch of United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC/TPB) held a national virtual meeting with focal points on counter-terrorism from Ghana, under the Global Counter-Terrorism Forum West Africa Working Group project (2020-2021) in Accra, Ghana. Read more

Preventing sextortion: a new Internet crime on the rise during COVID-19


In order to raise public awareness on how to avoid sextortion and protect young Internet users, the Global Programme on Cybercrime of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC) organised a public webinar and Facebook Live session. Nearly 800 people tuned in. Read more

UNODC & Togo work together to develop national strategy to prevent violent extremism


Experts from the UNODC Terrorism Prevention Branch held an initial consultative meeting with the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Preventing and Combating Violent Extremism of Togo, within the framework of the Global Counter-Terrorism Forum (GCTF) project on capacity building in the West African region. Read more

UNODC uses power of television and streaming to engage youth on rule of law 


By broadcasting educational programmes, delivered both online and through television, Télé-Ecole offers teachers, parents and children content on various school subjects, including ethics and civics in a fun, yet informative package. One such set of programming to hit screens in early-September is UNODC’s Education for Justice series, The Zorbs.  Read more

International Day of Victims of Enforced Disappearances


The increasingly precarious movements of migrants undertaking long, perilous journeys, associated with often increasingly rigid migratory policies, have created a situation that exposes them to heightened risks of becoming victims of human rights violations, including enforced disappearances.  Read more

Reinforcing rule of law in Mali through magistrate training on prosecuting trafficking


Twenty-five magistrates, prosecutors and deputy prosecutors from different regions of the country and the District of Bamako had the opportunity to participate in a training workshop on the smuggling of migrants and trafficking in persons. Participants gained a better understanding of their essential role in law enforcement and criminal justice measures.  Read more

Learning how to act against human trafficking and migrant smuggling in Niger


Commercial transporters, border control officers, youth and women's associations, local elected officials and the media all have a role to play in the fight against human trafficking. During a two-day workshop, 50 participants learned about different forms of trafficking, related to women and children, and what action they can take to protect those vulnerable to trafficking or smuggling. Read more


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