Activities from January to June 2016

UNODC launches its 2016 World Drug Report

To raise awareness about drug trafficking and consumption trends across the world, and particularly in the region, the UNODC Regional Office for West and Central Africa organized a press conference at the United Nations Information Centre in Dakar, Senegal, on 23 June 2016, bringing together several national and international media outlets. Read more

UNODC strenghtens Burkina Faso's criminal justice system on terrorism

The UNODC Regional Office for West and Central Africa (ROSEN) held a national training workshop, from 13 to 23 June 2016, in Burkina Faso for national criminal justice and law enforcement officials of in charge of terrorism cases. This workshop, the first of a series of three, was destined to the members that will likely make up the new counter-terrorism unit in the country. Read more

Strengthening the protection of children associated with violent extremist groups

From 1 to 3 June 2016, security, justice and child welfare professionals and experts from the Sahel region met in Dakar, Senegal, to analyze the growing phenomenon of children associated with violent extremist groups, and to identify the root causes and the consequences of children's exploitation to strengthen legal responses against this phenomenon. Read more

Malian authorities make record seizures following UNODC specialized training

Malian law enforcement authorities recently seized a record amount of illicit drugs, confiscating over 2.7 tons of cannabis herb in Bamako, Mali, in May 2016. This seizure represents one of the many results brought about by UNODC's efforts to strengthen the capacities of national authorities to counter drug trafficking and transnational organized crime in the region. Read more

UNODC trains 15 trainers to step up the fight against international drug trafficking in Niger

The UNODC Regional Office conducted a training for trainers from 30 May to 2 June 2016 in Niamey, Niger, to strengthen field units mandated to fight against international drug trafficking. The training, which is the first of its kind as part of the ECOWAS support project plan, was held in the premises of the Niamey Police Academy and was attended by fifteen professionals. Read more

UNODC is finalizing its Regional Programme for West Africa (2016-2020)

UNODC invited experts and representatives from ECOWAS, its member States, Mauritania and UNOWAS to a high level consultation meeting in Dakar on 30 and 31 May 2016. In the spirit of strengthening the existing strong partnership, the main purpose of the meeting was to identify the challenges and strategic goals of the coming Regional Program.  Read more 

UNODC enhances investigative capacity on terrorism in Niger

UNODC's office for West and Central Africa (ROSEN) in collaboration with the government of Niger provided a training workshop to 33 judges, prosecutors, police officers, gendarmes and national guards from 24 to 27 May 2016 in Niamey, Niger. This workshop aimed to reinforce their ability to conduct investigations of terrorism-related cases. Read more

UNODC launches train-the-trainer programme on international legal assistance

UNODC delivered two train-the-trainer regional workshops in Ghana (4-15 April 2016) and Nigeria (9-20 May 2016), bringing together 37 magistrates, judicial officers and representatives of law enforcement agencies from the Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone, to strengthen their capacities regarding international criminal matters and cooperation. Read more

Coumba Gawlo raises voice against trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants

The UNODC Regional Office for West and Central Africa introduced its new National Goodwill Ambassador against trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants for the year 2016 - the notorious Senegalese singer and activist Coumba Gawlo Seck - during a ceremony held on 19 May 2016 at the United Nations information Centre in Dakar, Senegal. Read more

A step forward against money laundering and terrorist financing in Mali

In March 2016, Mali adopted a new anti-money laundering and counter financing of terrorism law detailing the obligations of national reporting entities. In this context, UNODC organized an awareness raising workshop in Bamako from 17 May to 19 May 2016. The event brought together 23 reporting entities to increase their knowledge and understanding of this new law. Read more

UNODC supports the XXIII anniversary of the Judicial Police of Cabo Verde

On 12 May 2016, UNODC participated in the conference ''Transnational organized crime, terrorism and drug trafficking: Actual situation and challenges of Cape Verde" organized in the framework of the 23rd anniversary of the Cape Verdean Judicial Police. UNODC delivered a presentation on drug trafficking and its impact on Cape Verde. Read more

UNODC promotes the protection of victims and witnesses in the Sahel

UNODC organized a validation meeting of the draft model law on the protection of victims and witnesses for Sahel countries in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso from 18 to 20 April 2016. The model law was subsequently validated by the representatives, and will act as a guiding tool for states in drafting and/or adopting the necessary legislation. Read more

Burkina Faso adopts law against foreign terrorist fighters

In December 2015, the Government of Burkina Faso adopted an updated counter-terrorism law that features provisions to address the threat posed by foreign terrorist fighters. UNODC played a direct role in this adoption through various workshops, and by providing legal drafting expertise. Today, UNODC keeps on delivering such workshops in Burkina Faso. Read more

UNODC sets a way forward to fight organized crime and terrorism in the Sahel

Terrorism, drugs, illicit trafficking, organized crime and corruption are both recurrent and interrelated phenomena jeopardizing peace and security in the Sahel region. The UNODC Sahel Programme organized its first Steering Committee Meeting on 12 and 13 April 2016 in Dakar, Senegal, to set a precise direction for its future priorities alongside national and regional partners. Read more

Penitentiary authorities in Niger integrate the concept of "dynamic security"

The struggle  against violent extremist groups in Mali and Nigeria resulted in the arrest of several members accused or suspected of being affiliated with these groups, currently held in prisons in Niger. To face consequent challenges, UNODC has organized a workshop on dynamic security in prisons. The workshop was held from 5 to 7 April 2016 in Niamey, Niger.  Read more

West African judicial and maritime authorities exchange on pirates hand-over agreements

In the Gulf of Guinea, home to some of the biggest offshore oilfields in the world, maritime crime is on the rise. However, prosecution for piracy in the region is virtually absent. From 14 to 16 March 2016, UNODC brought together prosecutors, judges and policy legal experts from the region in Abuja, Nigeria, to elaborate a strategy against maritime crime. Read more

UNODC and Senegalese municipalities unite against child exploitation

UNODC organized, in partnership with civil society organizations, a march on 3 March 2016 to commemorate the death of 9 talibés in Medina on 3 March 2013. More than a 1,000 people walked in the streets to say "NO" to the exploitation of children through forced begging and encourage the public to advocate for the eradication of forced child begging in Senegal. Read more

The Dakar Joint Port Control Unit seizes over USD 380,000 in counterfeit medicine

In the framework of the joint WCO-UNODC Container Control Programme (CCP), the Joint Port Control Unit (JPCU) of the Dakar seaport seized over USD 380,000 in counterfeit medicine in early 2016. This operation represents a tangible improvement for both national authorities and the region at large, which has increasingly fallen victim to illicit trafficking of all sorts. Read more

The Republic of Guinea reiterates commitment to fight against drug trafficking


Guinea-Conakry is one of the countries located on the drug trafficking route between Latin America and Europe. To reiterate the support of UNODC in the fight against drug trafficking and organized crime, the Regional Representative, Mr. Pierre Lapaque, undertook a mission to Conakry to meet with Guinean high-level authorities from 7 to 11 February 2016. Read more

UNODC supports Nigeria on fighting piracy and maritime crime

On 19-22 January 2016, UNODC trained more than 30 Nigerian participants on international legal frameworks against piracy and maritime crime. The workshop built the capacity of relevant officers connected with investigating, prosecuting and adjudication of piracy and maritime-related offences, and at forging regional cooperation among nations in the Gulf of Guinea.  Read More

The UNODC Sahel Programme delivers across the region

Since it began its implementation in January 2014, the UNODC Sahel Programme has so far implemented 186 activities and has reached more than 5,700 direct beneficiaries. These efforts generated concrete results across the region on terrorism prevention, anti-corruption, border management and improving judicial systems and law enforcement agencies. Read more

UNODC strengthens firearms marking capacity in West Africa

Among the security challenges affecting the West Africa region, firearms trafficking is of crucial importance. A sub-regional workshop on marking, the maintenance of related marking equipment, and the registration of firearms took place from 4 to 8 January 2016 in Cotonou, Bénin, allowing some twenty experts from the region to reinforce their technical and operational abilities. Read more

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