The UNODC Sahel Programme holds its 3rd Steering Committee meeting

The Sahel Programme held its 3rd Steering Committee meeting in Dakar from the 6 to 8 March 2018. Representatives of the States of the Sahel as well as the G5 Sahel Permanent Secretariat and UNODC Regional Offices and Headquarters took the opportunity to discuss and refocus the strategy of the Programme and to update the priorities in the fight against terrorism and transnational organized crime. Read more

UNODC encourages women empowerement in West Africa

Socio-cultural barriers and gender inequalities are deeply entrenched in West African societies and to mark the 2018 International Women's Day, UNODC takes the opportunity to remind the importance of encouraging the participation of women in the law enforcement and justice sectors and to promote gender equality and the empowerement of women in the region. Read more


Sahel: Governments achieve positive results with UN Support

Despite numerous challenges and threats, Sahelian governments remain committed to developing their criminal justice systems against illicit trafficking, organized crime and terrorism. UNODC's Sahel Programme has been committed to assisting Sahelian governments in creating this positive change in the region. Read more

Sub-Regional Train-the-Trainers Workshop on Human Rights

UNODC organized, in collaboration with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, a sub-regional train-the-trainers (ToT) workshop, in Dakar, Senegal, on human rights, from 26 February to 2 March, in Dakar. The workshop is the first in a series of three ToT courses on human rights and the criminal justice responses to terrorism. Read more

Cabo Verde cooperates with Portugal to strengthen its juvenile justice system

New trends and patterns of violence and crime have emerged in Cabo-Verde posing new challenges to both society and authorities, including related to children and minors in conflict with the law. In this context, UNODC organized a mission in Portugal, in February, with a delegation from Cabo Verde in order to exchanges good practices thus strengthening Cabo-Verdean juvenile justice system. Read more

600 detainees assisted by the UNVs of UNODC in Niger

Since July 2017, the United Nations Volunteers (UNV), recruited and trained by UNODC, have provided legal aid to more than 600 detainees suspected of terrorism in the prisons of Niamey, Kollo and Koutoukalé in Niger. The effectiveness of a legal response to terrorism heavily depends on the respect of basic human rights of detainees suspected in terrorism cases. Read more

First objectives achieved for the SCP of the G5 Sahel

Since January 2018, G5 Sahel countries have exchanged information on the fight against transnational organized crime and terrorism for the first time in a systematic and institutionalized way in this region, thanks to the Security Cooperation Platform (SCP), a regional police cooperation mechanism, supported by UNODC, and adopted in November 2015 by the Heads of States of the G5 Sahel.  Read more

UNODC Sahel Programme reaches 10,000 beneficiaries

By providing legislative and technical assistance, the UNODC Sahel Programme strengthens the capacities of relevant national and regional authorities. Since its launch in 2014, the UNODC Sahel Programme has implemented more than 400 activities reaching 10,000 direct beneficiaries in the Sahelian region  Read more

West African CSOs coordinate against drug abuse

UNODC and ECOWAS organized a workshop in Abuja, from 7th to 9th January 2018 to "Building CSOs Capacity for Substance Use Prevention and Care in ECOWAS member states and Mauritania". The workshop provided skills and knowledge to develop and carry out effective evidence-based prevention interventions. Read more

Signature of a Letter of Agreement for the establishment of a JAITF at Maputo airport

The government of Mozambique and UNODC have signed a letter of Agreement for the establishment of a Joint Airport Interdiction Task Force (JAITF) at Maputo airport. Mozambique will become the 16th country in Africa to launch the establishment of a Task Force in the framework of the Airport Communication Project. Read more

UNODC sounds the alarm on the increase in trafficking and consumption of tramadol

UNODC warns the international community on the implications of non-medical use of tramadol, a synthetic opioid, on the economies and security of West Africa, and the Middle East and its broader linkages with the global fight against terrorism and transnational organized crime.  According to UNODC data, yearly seizures of tramadol in Sub-Saharan Africa have risen from 300 kg to over 3 tons since 2013.  Read more

Ghana: Investigations Handbook for Drug Law Enforcement


UNODC has developed a investigations Handbook to strengthen the capacity of Ghana's law enforcement agencies in the fight against drug trafficking. This Handbook was officially presented in Accra on February 8, 2018 by Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah, General Director of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Police.  Read more

Train the trainer workshop in Niger and Mali

UNODC organized a training of trainers on investigation and prosecution of terrorism cases for instructors at police and gendarmerie national training institutes in Niger, from 23 to 26 January, and in Mali. from 30 January to 2 February.The instructors received a training on how to deliver the new curriculum on terrorism prevention. Read more

UNODC facilitates cooperation between the G5 Sahel and the Maghreb

UNODC organized a Forum to promote South-South cooperation between the Maghreb and Sahel countries in their fight against illicit trafficking and transnational organized crime. This cooperation and exchange of information becomes crucial as the security threats are becoming more complex and transnational in nature. Read more

2017 : positive results in the fight against firearms trafficking and for AIRCOP

In 2017, the G5 Sahel states, particularly Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger, have achieved substantial results in the fight against the trafficking of firearms and with the AIRCOP project. On one side, 35,777 firearms have been marked. On the other side, JAITFs officials in Bamako, Niamey and Ouagadougou international airports seized 20.91 kg of cocaine, among other.  Read more

Operation COCAIR VI: overview of initial results

Operation COCAIR VI took place from 9 to 17 December 2017, its main objective was to intercept illicit consignments of cocaine by air from South America bound to Europe. The operation is part of the WCO's "Project AIRCOP" aimed at stepping up controls in international airports in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean through the establishment of Joint Airport Interdiction Task Forces.  Read more

Developing forensic hubs in West Africa

UNODC organized a workshop in Praia, Cape Verde, from 13 to 15 December, to develop pilot hubs for forensic science and strengthen the regional cooperation network for more efficiency in the fight against drugs in west Africa. The forensic component of the project provides technical assistance in forensic sensitization, crime scene exploitation... Read more 

UNODC launches cross-border initiative in The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau and Senegal


To foster regional cooperation and in order to provide an effective response to transnational organized crime, UNODC launched a cross-border initiative on 15 December 2017. The project aims at "Enhancing national capacities to detect and investigate cross-border organized crime in The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau and Senegal", in accordance with the recommendations made by the UN Inter-Agency Mission to The Gambia. Read more

UNODC training workshop on the fight against terrorism in the Sahel

To strengthen the capacity of the States in the Sahel to effectively integrate human rights in the fight against violent extremism and terrorism, the UNODC and OHCHR organized a training workshop on 11 and 12 December 2017 in Nouakchott, Mauritania. The training brought together 14 participants from the Permanent Secretariat and the G5 Sahel National Coordinating Structures. Read more

UNODC strengthens law enforcement officers on registration and recordkeeping of firearms

The UNODC Global Firearms Programme and the National Commission on Small Arms and Light Weapons of Mali organized a national workshop from 8 to 11 December 2017 for national law enforcement officers in order to enhance their capacities on registering and recordkeeping of marked firearms. UNODC contributes to fight illegal firearms trafficking. Read more

UNODC facilitates the adoption of the police component of the G5 Sahel Joint Force


As peace and security in the Sahel region is becoming increasingly challenging the G5 Sahel decided to establish a Joint Force in February 2017. The structure and the operation of the Police component of the G5 Sahel Joint Force has been adopted during a workshop organized by UNODC and the G5 Sahel countries. This meeting took place from 6 to 8 December 2017 in Bamako, Mali. Read more

Financial investigations and asset recovery workshops in Niger and Burkina Faso


Two national workshops on financial investigation and asset recovery have been organized by UNODC, one in Niger from 28 to 30 November 2017 and the other in Burkina Faso from 5 to 7 December 2017. They have been implemented to respond to money-laundering and terrorist financing, two interconnected challenges increasingly facing national authorities. Read more

West Africa strengthens fight against drug trafficking and transnational organized crime

Two high level meetings of the West African Coast Initiative (WACI) were held on 4 and 5 December 2017 in Grand Bassam, Côte d'Ivoire. Participants, among whom were Ministers and high level representatives, reviewed the achievements obtained by the Transnational Organized Crime Units (TCUs) established in the framework of WACI in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea Bissau and Cote d'Ivoire. Read more



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