Activities from January to June 2017

UNODC trains national UNVs on delivering legal aid services in Niger

UNODC is currently carrying out a project to enhance the capacities of Nigerien judicial authorities to fight terrorism while respecting human rights. A key component of this project is to increase the access of persons accused of terrorism, currently detained and awaiting trial, to legal aid services. In this context, 10 national young UN Volunteers  were recruited and trained, in Niamey from the 7 to 9 June 2017 on delivering legal aid.   Read more

Efforts towards a better coordination on maritime crime

In recent years, the Gulf of Guinea has become the epicenter of maritime crime in Africa. UNODC organized a training for thirty practitioners from African countries, namely Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire and Gabon, focusing on the State action at sea and the adequate penal responses and aiming at improving coordination between the countries affected by maritime crime.  Read more

UNODC strengthens the fight against organized crime and terrorism

May 2017 was of utmost importance for the Airport Communication Project (AIRCOP) in West Africa. Indeed, the Niamey Joint Aairport Interdiction Task Force seized 3kg of methamphetamine on a passenger thanks to the training delivered by UNODC. In addition, a new Joint Interdiction Task Force (JAITF) was set up in Ouagadougou and thus, joined the growing network of JAITFS around the world.  Read more

Niger makes cybercrime a security priority

Transnational organized crime networks (including drug traffickers) and terrorists are exploiting the Internet in recruiting, radicalizing, spreading hate messages and even organizing terrorist actions. UNODC organized a national training workshop on cybercrime, which was held from the 15 to the 19 of May 2017 in Niamey, and that was attended by 33 law enforcement and judicial officers.  Read more

UNODC trains lawyers on the rights of the defense in Niger

From 9 to 11 May 2017, UNODC experts delivered a training to 25 Nigerien lawyers on the rights of the defense in order to prepare the trials of detainees suspected of terrorism. This training session was crucial and was also the opportunity to train the lawyers on different matters, including the treatment of children associated with terrorist and violent extremist groups.  Read more

UNODC parterns up with the Netherlands and Cabo Verde to fight organized crime

Over the last decade, the importance of West Africa as a smuggling route for cocaine from South America to Europe has kept increasing sharply. In order to fight against drug trafficking and other forms of transnational organized crime, Cabo Verde and the Netherlands signed a Partnership Declaration under UNODC's auspices, on 9 June 2017, in the capital city of Praia.  Read more

Mali combats drug trafficking in prisons

Illicit drug use is a growing concern in Malian prisons, where insufficient security measures allow detainees to traffic and consume illegal substances. UNODC has organized a workshop on the identification of both illicit and legal drugs in prisons in Segou. This training took place on 8-12 May 2017 and was attended by 40 Malian prison officers, enabling them to use UNODC drug and precursors test kits.  Read more

Tutoring for the national units of the G5 Sahel Security Cooperation Platform

UNODC provided a tutoring session to the staff of the national unit of the Security Cooperation Platform (PCMS) in Niamey from 23 to 25 May 2017, as part of its programme to support the operationalization of the G5 Sahel PCMS. This activity, which will be replicated in other G5 Sahel countries in 2017, aims to accompany them in the implementation of their activities.  Read more 

The Belgian Deputy Prime Minister visits the United Nations in Senegal

In the framework of the follow-up of the international conference "She Decides", the Belgian Deputy Prime Minister, M. Alexander De Croo, came on mission to Dakar between 26 and 27 April. His visit was the occasion for him and his delegation to meet with the implementing partners of UNODC, UNICEF and UNFPA that assist the most vulnerable women and the victims of trafficking in persons.  Read more

UNODC organizes a training on economic and financial crime in Mali

A national workshop was organized by UNODC in Bamako, Mali, from 24 to 28 April 2017, on economic and financial crime. This training, within the framework of the UNODC support plan for the operationalization of the G5 Sahel Security Cooperation Platform (PCMS), aims to be replicated in the other four Member States of the organization in the coming months. Read more

Chad makes progress in the fight against money-laundering and terrorism financing

A workshop was dispensed by UNODC experts in the Chadian capital city of N'djamena, and was designed to raise awareness among financial institutions and other designated non-financial businesses (DNFBPs) of the key elements of the fight against Money Laundering and Countering Terrorism Financing in Chad. Over 25 participants from various sectors benefited from the training workshop.   Read more

UNODC trains Malian Law enforcement officers on jihadist ideology

A national training workshop was held in Bamako, Mali, on understanding and analyzing the jihadist doctrine. This training workshop forms part of UNODC's support programme for the operationnalization of the G5 Sahel's Security Cooperation Platform (PCMS), submitted in January 2017. The training session is designed to be replicated over the next few months, in the remaining four G5 Sahel member states.  Read more

Investigative journalism as a lever for accountability in West Africa

UNODC, in collaboration with CENOZO, organized a training workshop on "International investigative journalism in the Sahel region", which took place in Ouagadougou from 18 to 20 April 2017.The workshop brought together 60 investigative journalists from the Sahel region and West Africa. The purpose of this training was to familiarize participants with CENOZO's strategic plan 2017-2019.  Read more

Burkina Faso is fighting trafficking in person and smuggling of migrants

UNODC organized a training session from 10 to 14 April 2017 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, for Police and National Gendarmerie school instructors, to strengthen authorities' responses to the challenge of transnational crime networks, and in particular, those related to fighting trafficking in person and smuggling of migrants.  Read more

Sahel governments set future priorities with UNODC and international partners

On 5 and 6 April 2017, the UNODC Sahel Programme held its second Steering Committee Meeting in Dakar, Senegal. Participating governments had the occasion to share key results and future assistance needs with UNODC experts. Recommendations were subsequently approved during a round table attended by representatives of the Sahel Programme's key donors.   Read more

Senegal is fighting trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants

Trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants are two growing issues threatening human security and economic development in the region. Both are affecting Senegal as it is a destination country for victims of trafficking in persons and a country of origin for migrants wishing to join Europe. In March 2017, UNODC implemented awareness raising activities in Kedougou and a training session in Dakar to fight these two plights.   Read more

UNODC trains law enforcement officers of G5 Sahel States

Two regional training workshops have been organized in Burkina Faso, and a national one was held in Chad, covering respectively the fight against drug trafficking and intelligence gathering and analysis. These workshops form part of UNODC's support programme for the operationnalization of the G5 Sahel Security Cooperation Platform, submitted in January 2017.   Read more

Law enforcement agencies commit to the fight against corruption in Burkina Faso

From 22 to 23 March 2017, a national workshop, entitled « Police, Gendarmerie and Customs Services : integrity and fighting corruption », was organized in Ouagadougou, in cooperation with the High Authority for State Control and Anti-Corruption (in French "  Autorité Supérieure de Contrôle de l'Etat et de Lutte contre la Corruption"). This workshop gathered law enforcement officers.  Read more 

UNODC Deputy Executive Director in Dakar to discuss security challenges in the region

For his first mission to Senegal, on 27 and 28 March 2017, Mr. Aldo Lale-Demoz, UNODC Deputy Executive Director (DED) met with Ministers and UNODC's main international partners to discuss security challenges, and review UNODC's contribution to enhance Senegal's and the region's capacities to counter transnational organized crime and terrorism. Read more

Burkina Faso strengthens fight against money-laundering and terrorism financing

UNODC and the Financial Intelligence Unit organized a national workshop for reporting entities on combatting money-laudering and terrorism financing (ML/FT) in Burkina Faso from 21 to 23 March 2017. 30 representatives from financial and non-financial sectors attended this workshop which aimed at raising awareness on their role in combatting ML/FT. Read more

Benin and Togo anti-drug Officers trained on techniques of interdiction in port areas

UNODC through the "Project to Support ECOWAS Regional Action Plan" and the "Container Control Programme" organised a workshop on operational techniques of interdiction in port areas, intended for anti-drug personnels from 13th - 17th March 2017 in Cotonou, Benin. A similar training will be held in Lomé, Togo from 20th-24th March 2017. Read more

Mauritania engaged against the financing of terrorism with the support of UNODC

In response to a request by Mauritanian authorities, UNODC organized a training workshop in Nouakchott to strengthen the capacities of its justice officials regarding terrorism-related cases and its financing. The activity lasted from 14 to 16 March 2017, gathering officials from various Mauritanian criminal justice institutions.  Read more

Belgium and UNODC partner to support Burkina Faso against terrorism

In February 2017, UNODC organized a national training workshop in Ouagadougou for law enforcement agents, prosecutors and judges, in charge of handling terrorism cases. During the training, 31 officials learned from experts' experiences in investigating, prosecuting and adjudicating terrorism cases, and exchanged best practices and lessons learnt. Read more

UNODC organizes a Scientific conference on addictions in Abidjan

To promote better health access for people suffering from drug abuse disorders, developing alternative and less repressive approaches is critical. To support efforts aimed at preventing drug use, UNODC organized a "Conference on the Prevention and Treatment of Drug Use Disorders in West Africa", from 20 to 21 February 2017, in Abidjan. Read more

Malian authorities seize a kilogram of cocaine in Bamako Airport

The JAITF in Mali, in close cooperation with Mali's OCS (Office Central des Stupéfiants) has recently seized a kilogram of cocaine from a passenger traveling from Latin America, in the form of over 60 cocaine pellets ingested by the suspect before boarding. The AIRCOP program enhances cooperation between international airport authorities. Read more

Countering the funding of Violent Extremism in the Sahel and the Horn of Africa

UNODC organized an interregional workshop for forty-two (42) representatives of twelve (12) countries of the Sahel and the Horn of Africa, in Dakar, Senegal, from 7 to 9 February 2017, to apprehend and better understand violent extremism and its funding sources.A follow up interregional workshop is set to take place in May 2017 in East Africa. Read more

Workshop for criminal justice agencies in charge of terrorism cases in Mauritania

In early February 2017, UNODC organized a workshop in Nouakchott for members of the military confronted to terrorist groups' activity, law enforcement agents, prosecutors and judges, all in charge of handling terrorism cases.The objective was to provide them with a better understanding of each other's work. Read more

Burkina Faso creates a specialized judicial unit against crime and terrorism

In January 2017, Burkinabe legislators passed laws to create and institutionalize specialized judicial units (in French, "Pôle judiciaire spécialisé") to strengthen the fight against transnational organized crime, terrorism and its financing, following the provision of UNODC legal expertise and training, in response to the spike in terrorist activity in 2016. Read more

Mali and UNODC work together to strengthen criminal justice measures against terrorism

UNODC organized, from 17 to 19 January 2017, a national training workshop on interagency cooperation in terrorism cases. Held in Bamako, this workshop was the second in a series of three training activities. The event sought to increase the capacity and readiness of criminal justice officials to cooperate further in cases relating to terrorism.  Read more

UNODC presents the New Regional Programme 2016-2020

The new UNODC Regional Programme for West Africa (2016-2020) was presented, on January 23, 2017 in Dakar, Senegal, in the presence of members of the diplomatic service, during a ceremony chaired by the Special Representative  of the Secretary General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS) Mr. Mohammed Ibn Chambas.  Read more


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