Stories of 2019

Largest drug seizure ever made in Guinea-Bissau by law enforcement officials

On 2 September 2019, the government of Guinea Bissau seized 1,947 kg of cocaine as a result of operation "NAVARA" led by the Judicial Police of Guinea-Bissau with the participation of the Transnational Crime Unit (TCU). This successful operation shows the commitment and enhanced capacity of the Guinea-Bissau Government in countering drug trafficking and transnational organized crime. Read more

Cabo Verdean authorities seized more than two tons of cocaïne

On August 3 rd, Cabo Verde's judicial police seized over 2 tons of cocaine (2. 256, 27 kg) in a joint operation at sea with the National Coast Guard - with the collaboration of the Maritime Analysis and Operations Centre - Narcotics, the Federal Police of Brazil and the support of the National Police. The drug was seized on a vessel called PERPETUO SOCORRO DE ABAETE II. Five Brazilian citizens were detained and presented to the competent judicial authorities. Read more

UNODC supports Cabo Verde in its fight against drugs and related crimes

A roundtable meeting to mobilize technical and financial partners for the implementation of the new National Integrated Program (2018-2023) for the Fight Against Drugs and Related Crimes was held on July 10th in Praia, jointly organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and Communities, the Ministry of Health, the Coordinating Commission of Alcohol and other Drugs and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Read more

UNODC organizes a workshop on wildlife and natural ressources trafficking in Central Africa 

From 24 to 25 June 2019, a sub-regional interparliamentary workshop was held in Libreville on "the implementation of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora and the fight against illicit trafficking in protected species". This was the first event of this magnitude organized by UNODC's regional project on wildlife and forest crime in Central Africa. Read more 

UNODC and UNV Programme signed a new Joint Action Plan

21st May, during the 28th session of the CCPCJ, the UNODC ROSEN organized a side-event on Volunteering For Justice in Terrorism cases. This was the occasion to sign a new Joint Plan of Action with the UNV Programme which will foster the partnership between the 2 organizations. One of the main projects illustrating this collaboration has enabled the deployment of UNVs in Niger to provide legal aid to persons held in pre-trial detention on terrorism charges. Read more

UNODC holds the 4th meeting of Sahel Programme Steering Committee

24 June 2019, representatives from Burkina Faso, Chad, Libya, Mali, Morocco, Mauritania, Niger, and the G5 Sahel Secretariat participated in the 4th meeting of the UNODC Sahel Programme, that was held between 24 and 26 April 2019. They were able to interact with experts from UNODC HQ in Vienna and the Regional Office for North Africa and the Middle East, and for West and Central Africa to identify the best ways to continue their partnership. Read more

UNODC launches its first activity on countering firearms trafficking in CAR

The Regional Office of the United Nations on Drugs and Crimes for West and Central Africa organized the first "Specialized practical training on the investigation and prosecution of firearms trafficking and related offences" in Bangui, CAR from 8 to 12 April 2019. During the week long training, participants from law enforcement and criminal justice agencies and institutions have received practical skills to counter illicit firearms trafficking in the country. Read more

The Sahel Judicial Platform meets with the G5 Sahel in Mauritania

In March 2019, the Sahel Judicial Cooperation Platform (PCJS) focal points, and their substitutes, (9 men and 3 women in total), met with the G5 Sahel Permanent Secretariat, in Nouakchott, Mauritania. The objective of this meeting was to explore partnership opportunities between the PCJS and the G5 Sahel. This visit was also the opportunity for an additional meeting between the PCJS and Mauritanian prosecutors and judges. Read more

Close to  100 Burkinabe officials trained on the Police Component of the G5 Sahel Joint Force

UNODC organized a training activity from 11 to 15 March 2019 in Ouagadougou during which close to 100 participants were trained on the concept of the Police Component of the G5 Sahel Joint Force. The Police Component's objective is to reinforce the judicialization of military operations carried out by the Joint Force and to ensure the respect for human rights in the fight against terrorism. Read more

Bissau-Guinean authorities achieve largest ever drug seizure

On 9 March 2019, Guinea Bissau seized 789 kg of cocaine as a result of operation "CARAPAU" led by its Transnational Crime Unit (TCU) and the Judicial Police. The drugs were found in a false bottom of a truck loaded with frozen fish known as CARAPAU. Guinea-Bissau showed renewed commitment and leadership in successfully conducting this operation and expediting the incineration of the seized drugs which took place on 14 March 2019.  Read more

Official opening of a UNODC project office in Central African Republic 

The UNODC project office in Bangui opened in June 2018 following the signing of an agreement with the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) in March 2018. This partnership between UNODC and MINUSCA aims to support the operationalization of the Special Criminal Court in CAR and more specifically the development of its legal aid and victim and witness protection services. Read more

Protection of victims and prosecution of traffickers: Justice served in Mali

UNODC met Mrs. Niaré in Mali in January 2019 after having heard about her career and strong impact on the ground. The meeting served as an opportunity to take stock of the activities and training workshops organized in Mali to support the fight against trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants and to bring to the fore this role model for women in the region to mark the International Women's Day. Read more

UNODC marks the International Women's Day

Since March 2018, when the first Global Strategy for Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment was adopted by UNODC, a lot of progress has been noted in the region, notably through the creation of a working group dedicated to gender issues within the Regional Office. On March 8, 2019, celebrating International Women's Day allows UNODC to reflect on the strategy adopted in the region and the results achieved and yet to come. Read more

Mali launches a new National Action Plan to Combat Trafficking in Persons

As a result of a collaboration between the National Coordination Committee against Trafficking in Persons and Assimilated Practices (CNCLTPA), the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations Office against Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the Government of Mali adopted a new five-year plan to fight against trafficking in persons officially launched on Friday 1 February 2019 at the Ministry of Justice. Read more

UNODC promotes respect for human rights in Burkina Faso and Cameroon

In recent years, Burkina Faso and Cameroon have increasingly faced serious threats from terrorism. UNODC, in close collaboration with OHCHR, organized in January 2019 two national training workshops on human rights in criminal justice responses to terrorism in Ouagadougou and Yaounde highlighting the importance of respect for human rights and the rule of law in counter-terrorism efforts in order to avoid exacerbating violent extremism. Read more

Burkina Faso launched its first master's programme on anti-corruption

Considering that education is a fundamental tool to prevent crime and corruption, UNODC is strongly committed to promoting the teaching of the fight against corruption in universities. Thus, Burkina Faso, with UNODC's support, developped and launched its first Masters' programme on anti-corruption at the University Ouaga II in Ouagadougou, the capital. 25 students started the programme in January 2019. Read more

Massive cocaine seizure of 9.5 tons by Cabo Verde

On 31 January 2019, the Judicial Police of Cabo Verde seized 9.570 kg of cocaine inside 260 bales found in a vessel coming from Panama and en route to Morocco. This is the biggest drug seizure of the year and one of the biggest in the history of the Judicial Police. 11 citizens of Russian nationality were detained and referred to the competent judicial authorities in the country. Read more

UNODC supports the implementation of the UNCAC in Chad

A national workshop organized by UNODC, in collaboration with the Ministry of Justice was held in N'Djamena, Chad, from 29 to 30 January 2019. The meeting brought together 25 representatives (including 6 women) of key national institutions to discuss how to efficiently implement the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC), following Chad's accession to the Convention in June 2018. Read more

Liberian authorities achieve positive results in the fight against drug trafficking

Since 2011, UNODC supports Liberian authorities in combating illicit drug trafficking and transnational organized crime under the West Africa Coast Initiative (WACI) project and has also supported the establishment and functioning of the Liberia Transnational Organized Crime Unit. Both the TCU and the Liberian Drug Enforcement Agency have recently achieved positive results in the number of seizures and arrests relating to drug trafficking. Read more


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