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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

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

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

Operation Africa TRIGGER III successfully completed


The TRIGGER III Operation was conducted accordingly to Security Council Resolution 2370 (2017) which aims at preventing illegal procurement and illegal production of firearms. The TRIGGER III Operation is the first of its kind in Africa and it was put in place to combat the trafficking of firearms, especially by terrorist groups in Africa. Read more.  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

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

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

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

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

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

First Steering Committee meeting of the UNODC Regional Programme for West Africa

After its launch in January 2017, the Steering Committee of the Regional Programme met in Dakar on November 28-29, 2017 to reflect on its implementation. The Steering Committee meeting marks a major step, one year after the adoption of the new Regional Programme. For two days, the meeting gathered representatives from ECOWAS Member States and the Islamic Republic of Mauritania along with experts from UNODC and UNOWAS. Read more

Investigators from Burkina Faso better equipped by UNODC to counter terrorism

From 21 to 24 November 2017 UNODC has organized a a training workshop on terrorism investigation techniques in Ouagadougou for criminal justice and law enforcement officials.This activity is part of the the Action Plan on Capacity Building to investigate, prosecute and adjudicate acts of terrorisms adopted in september 2017. Read more

UNODC raises awareness on drugs and transnational organized crime


A workshop on investigating and reporting drug trafficking and transnational organized crime in the Sahel was held in Sélingué, Mali, from 20 to 23 November 2017. Through such workshops, UNODC supports better visibility of issues related to drugs and organized crime through well-planned media campaigns for concerned population. Read more

WENDU : Stepping up reliable data collection and management

It is imperative that mechanisms to monitor the extent, patterns and trends of drug demand and illicit drug supply be strengthened to inform national and regional responses to the menace. The UNODC organized in Abuja, from 22-23 November, a "Technical Experts' Meeting on Collection, Analysis, Reporting of Data and Strengthening of National Information Systems on Drug Use". Read more

UNPLUGGED, preventing drug use in schools in West Africa

UNODC organized from 14 to 16 November 2017 in Abuja, Nigeria, a " Regional workshop for the dissemination of the "UNPLUGGED" programme on drug prevention in schools in West Africa." The UNPLUGGED programme is a European Union drug abuse prevention initiative introduced in schools of the ECOWAS Member States by the University College Ghent (Belgium). Read more

Adoption of manuals against human trafficking and smuggling of migrants

From 6 to 8 November 2017, UNODC organized a workshop in Dakar with the instructors of the Police and Gendarmerie Academies of Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger. They adopted, took ownership of the training manuals on the fight against trafficking in persons and migrant smuggling and defined the future training modules for both field units and senior officers. Read more

UNODC supports Mali in the fight against trafficking in persons

UNODC and OHCHR have joined forces to provide technical support to the National Coordination Committee on the fight against Trafficking in Persons and Assimilated Practices. The workshop was held in Bamako, from 30 October to 2 November, to strengthen the capacity of Committee members and to develop recommendations and guidelines for the operationalization of the Committee. Read more

Mauritania strengthens its criminal justice response to terrorism

As part of its continued support to West and Central African States, UNODC met with Mauritanian criminal justice agencies in order to strengthen their responses to terrorism. Under the leadership of the Ministry of Justice, UNODC officials supported Mauritanian officials to support the identification of their goals, priorities and ways to reach them. As part of this project, two missions took place in Nouakchott, one in early July and the other one in October. Read more

The G5 Sahel strengthens information exchange in the region

As part of its mandate and in collaboration with the G5 Sahel, UNODC organized a meeting on mechanisms and norms for information exchange within the Security Cooperation Platform (PCMS) of the G5 Sahel, in Nouakchott, Mauritania, on 24 and 25 October 2017. A second meeting, complementing this one, is expected to take place in the coming months. Read more

WACAP and ARINWA cooperate against crime and terrorism in West Africa


UNODC supported the organization of the joint meeting of the West African Network of Central Authorities and Prosecutors (WACAP) and the Asset Recovery Inter-Agency Network for West Africa (ARINWA). It took place on 24-26 October 2017 in Saly, Senegal and gathered 45 participants. This joint initiative sought to create synergies between the two platforms and exchange on extradition, seizing, confiscating and freezing of criminal assets, among other topics related to money laundering. Read more

Senegal and Côte d'Ivoire fight against the financing of terrorism

UNODC, with the support of Financial Intelligence Units of Senegal and Côte d'Ivoire, organized two workshops relating to the strategic financial disruption of terrorist networks, the first, in Dakar, Senegal from 18 to 21 September 2017 and the second in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire from 9 to 11 October 2017. Those workshops aimed to strenghten capacities of law enforcement authorities in the fight against the financing of terrorism. Read more

Niger: UNODC strengthens the capacities of field investigators in terrorism cases


UNODC organized a series of training workshops on the investigation and prosecution of terrorism cases from May to October, in Niamey. A total of 83 (including 7 women) judicial police officers, field investigators, forensic officers, judges, prosecutors and investigating judges benefited from the three training sessions. The aim was to strengthen their capacities to investigate and prosecute terrorism cases. Read more

Strengthening intelligence analysis capacity against terrorism  


A number of factors play a role in West Africa's vulnerability to transnational organize crime activities. In order to achieve a desirable level of gathering, analyzing and sharing of intelligence, UNODC, held on October 5-6 2017 in Dakar, a "regional workshop on the acquisition, analysis and sharing of intelligence against transnational organized crime through the case of two West African corridors".  Read more

Niger treats 230 cases of terrorism in 60 days

Niger has processed 230 cases involving terrorism suspects, including 11 women and 25 children, in 60 days. It is the result of concerted action of the Nigerien judicial authorities supported by UNVolunteers and the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC).The majority of these suspects had been held in pre-trial detention since 2015, when the terrorist attacks committed by Boko Haram ravaged the Diffa region.  Read more

Key justices add voices to global fight against corruption in the judicial system

As part of the anti-corruption efforts by UNODC, a series of meetings and discussions with Chief Justices and senior judicial officers are taking place across the world ahead of the 2018 launch of the Global Judicial Integrity Network. To ensure that voices and views from across Africa are taken into account, a preparatory meeting is being held from 3-4 October in Ouagadougou.  The Global Judicial Integrity Network will be launched to support States to fully implement the UN Convention against Corruption.  Read more

UNODC trains G5 Sahel authorities on terrorist ideology


Three national workshops on the understanding and analysis of the jihadist doctrine were organized in Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso, to strengthen the capacities of law enforcement and justice officials in charge of the fight against terrorism.This training aims to provide them with tools enabling to enforce effective preventive and repressive measures based on the understanding and analysis of the ideology behind terrorist action. Read more

Independent evaluation highlights best practices of UNODC Sahel Programme

The Sahel Programme, considered one of UNODC's flagship programmes, concluded an independent mid-term evaluation with a report available online. Responding to local realities, the Programme integrates almost all UNODC mandates and demonstrated concrete results achieved by the governments in the region. The independent evaluation also formulated recommendations for the coming years.  Read more

Mentoring sessions for the National Units of the G5 Sahel Security Cooperation Platform


UNODC provided two mentoring session to the staff of the G5 Sahel National Security Cooperation Platform (SCP) in Niger, from 23 to 25 May 2017, and Burkina Faso, from 13 to 15 September 2017, in the context of its programme to support the operationalization of the G5 Sahel SCP.  Targeting officials appointed to the national units of the SCP, the aim is to accompany them in the implementation of their activities. Read more

Drug trafficking in the Sahel : several seizures made in Mali and Niger

In Mali and Niger, law enforcement officers have seized about 3 kg of cocaine after having arrested two traffickers during the month of September 2017. During the same period, prison authorities in the Ségou region of Mali were able to seize illicit psychotropic substances thanks to detection equipment provided by UNODC. These operational results showcase a strong commitment against illicit drug trafficking.  Read more

Deployment of the G5 Sahel joint force: UNODC increases its engagement

The UN Security Council Resolution 2359 highlights a need for increased regional cooperation and a regional response to the threats of terrorism and of transnational illicit trafficking. It also welcomes the deployment of the G5 Sahel joint force, which will complement MINUSMA's mandate in Mali. UNODC will continue to work closely with these two key partners to promote peace in the Sahel.  Read more

Senegal: Magistrates and investigators trained on the financing of terrorism

In the context of fighting terrorism, UNODC organised a training workshop on the investigation and prosecution of the financial aspects of terrorism. The workshop took place from 16 to 18 August 2017 in Dakar and brought together 24 law enforcement and criminal justice officials. The training was opened by high-ranking officials from the Gendarmerie, the Ministry of Justice and the diplomatic representation of Luxembourg. Read more

UNODC supports legal reforms in The Gambia

Further to requests for assistance formulated by the Ministry of Justice and of Information and Communication, UNODC organized two workshops in The Gambia between 7th and 11th August to support the Gambian efforts in drafting and adopting an Anti-Corruption Bill and a Freedom of Information Bill in line with international standards and best practices. The participants recommended a set of revisions and additions to the draft Bills.  Read more

Mali fights against the financing of terrorism and cash smuggling

UNODC, supported by the Cellule Nationale de Traitement des Informations Financières du Mali (CENTIF) and with the participation of the MINUSMA, organized a workshop in financial disruption for terrorist networks in Bamako, between 7 and 10 August 2017. The aim was  to establish and maintain a network of experts who have a specialist understanding of how to disrupt terrorist networks by targeting their financial infrastructure.  Read more 

Fighting terrorism, corruption, migrant smuggling and human trafficking in the Sahel

UNODC organized a workshop in Bamako, from 2 to 4 August 2017 with officials of Judiciary, Police and Gendarmerie training schools of Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger. The nexus between terrorism and organized crime is a crucial security issue in the Sahel. These links seem to be intensified due to corruption. Moreover, human trafficking provides armed groups with enrichment opportunities.  Read more

UNODC supports the establishment of National Epidemiology Network in Liberia

In West Africa unavailability of reliable data on trends of drug use is a major setback to drug demand reduction efforts. To address the gap in epidemiological data on the demand and consumption of drugs, UNODC organized the first National meeting of Epidemiology Network on drug use and a National workshop on collection, analysis, and dissemination of data on drug use in Liberia (27-28 July) and Côte d'Ivoire (in August). Read more

UNODC and partners build forensics capacities in Nigeria

Drug traffickers have forged links with criminal networks and use false documents to conceal their traces and identities. To combat organized crime related to drug trafficking, it is necessary to develop forensic capacities in West Africa because the criminal networks benefit from the low level of forensic resources and control. UNODC organized a training workshop on  document analysis from 26 to 28 July 2017 in Lagos. Read more

Lake Chad Basin: integrating gender dimensions to fight terrorism

According to UN Women, "the great changes we are undergoing must primarily be understood in the context of the needs and concerns of women in specific situations of conflict. Women's participation is key to sustainable peace". UNODC and the High Commission for Human Rights organized a workshop on Gender Dimensions of Criminal Justice Responses to Terrorism in Yaoundé, on 19-21 July 2017.  Read more

End of training cycle for Nigerien lawyers on the assistance and defense in terrorism cases

From 17 to 19 July 2017, the third and last training workshop for Nigerien lawyers on the assistance and defense in terrorism cases took place in Niamey. This workshop takes part of the implementation of a capacity building project for the  Pôle judiciaire spécialisé in Niamey, mainly regarding access to justice. This project was undertaken in a context marked by a resurgence of terrorist acts by Boko Haram.  Read more

UNODC visits Niamey Prison on Nelson Mandela Day

The UNODC justice team chose to mark Nelson Mandela Day with a visit to Niamey prison. It was the opportunity for UNODC to encourage the efforts made by the prison staff towards the respect and good treatment of detainees despite the current prison overcrowding in Niger. Besides, UNODC recalled that several activities took place in Niger since the beginning of the year aiming at improving the legislative assistance of detainees. Read more

The Mandela Rules in the spotlight at the Institute of Human Rights and Peace of Dakar

On 18th July, the international community marks Nelson Mandela Day, paying tribute to the former South African President that fought Apartheid and spent many years in prison. Every year, this day is an opportunity to promote better conditions of detention and to raise awareness on the plight of inmates. This year, UNODC decided to present the Nelson Mandela Rules to 80 students in Law at the university in Dakar.  Read more

Supreme courts fight against terrorism in the Sahel

Faced with the continuous rise of terrorism in the Sahel, UNODC provides judiciary assistance to the region's States in order to help them better prevent, investigate and prosecute acts of terrorism. In this context, UNODC has organized a regional workshop on the role of supreme courts in the fight against terrorism. Building upon two previous regional meetings, the workshop took place in Nouakchott from 10 to 12 July. Read more

ECOWAS-EU-UNODC Steering Committee: a stronger commitment

Abuja, 10th July 2017- The Project "Support to ECOWAS Regional Action Plan on Illicit Drug Trafficking, related organized Crime and drug abuse in West Africa" held its third Steering Committee Coordination meeting on the 10th of July in the premises of the ECOWAS Commission in Abuja. The Steering Committee Coordination is held twice a year between the partners involved (ECOWAS, EU, UNODC). Read more

Mali seizes drugs and arrests traffickers and drug kingpins

According to the World Drug Report of 2017, West Africa's part in global drug trafficking has become a growing concern. In Mali, law enforcement officers have made several seizures during the month of June 2017, whether by overland or aerial routes. Capacity-building of law enforcement officials, in their fight against drug trafficking is a central component of UNODC's mandate in West and Central Africa. Read more

Mali and Niger strengthen intelligence analysis through the G5 Sahel

In the framework of its partnership with the G5 Sahel, and particularly with its Security Cooperation Platform, UNODC delivered two national training workshops in Niamey and Bamako, from 19 to 30 June 2017. These sessions focused on intelligence gathering and analysis, a fundamental aspect of countries' efforts to fight terrorism and transnational organized crime.  Read more

Ghana: Countering fisheries crime in the trade supply chain

19-22 June 2017 the UNODC delivred a training course in Ghana on fisheries crime to enhance the operational skills of law enforcement officers fight fisheries crime. By bringing the CCP Port Control Units, customs, police, as well as the private sector together, cooperation between these agencies is strengthened, fostering a comprehensive approach to fight this type of crime. Read more

UNODC produces concrete results in the Sahel region

The Sahel Programme Progress Report of 2017 was launched on 15 June 2017 in the UNODC Headquarters, in Vienna. The Report showcases the outstanding results achieved by the governments of the Sahel region, with the support of UNODC, in their fight against trafficking, transnational organized crime, terrorism, and trafficking in persons and of migrants. Read more

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 prison

Illicit drug use is a growing concern in Malian prisons, where insufficient security measures allow detainees to traffic and consume controlled substances. UNODC organized a workshop on the identification of both illicit and legal drugs in prison. 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

UNODC organizes a training for Malian law enforcement officers on financial crime

A workshop was organized by UNODC between 24 and 28 April in Bamako on economic and financial crime. This training workshop forms part of the support programme of UNODC for the operationnalization of the G5 Sahel Security Cooperation Platform, submitted in January 2017. The training session is intended to be replicated in the remaining four G5 member states over the next months.  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 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

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

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

Malian authorities seize cocaine from Latin America

On 25 December 2016, the Joint Airport Interdiction Task Force (JAITF) in Bamako seized 900 grams of cocaine from Latin America. The load had therefore travelled along the 'cocaine route' (from South America to Europe via West Africa). The airport communication program (AIRCOP) is designed specifically to fight against the existence and proliferation of such networks.  Read more

Workshop on information sharing in the fight against drug trafficking in Mali

On 12 and 13 December 2016, a workshop on information sharing and enhanced cooperation in the fight against drug trafficking took place in Bamako, Mali, regrouping over 160 participants from various national services.The main objective of the workshop was to ensure better cooperation and exchange of information but also to work towards prevention of drug use as well.  Read more

AIRCOP strengthens interdiction capacity at international airports in the Sahel

In October and November 2016, the Joint Airport Interdiction Task Force (JAITF) in Niger was able to seize over 9 kilograms of gold, 500,000 undeclared Euros, and USD 37,000 from three different passengers. This brings the total of seizures conducted by the JAITF in Niger for 2016 to 114 fake Nigerien Passports, a total of over USD 139,000 and over 9 kilograms of gold.  Read more

West Africa: Cocaine trafficking and migrant smuggling discussed at prosecutors meeting

The Sixth Plenary Meeting of the West African Network of Central Authorities and Prosecutors (WACAP) was held in Niamey, Niger, on 25 November 2016. Participants discussed and identified approaches to address transnational organized crime and cocaine trafficking along the cocaine route(s) from Latin America through West Africa and on to Europe.  Read more

More effective regional cooperation to counteract drug trafficking in West Africa

UNODC, in collaboration with ECOWAS, organized a   "Conference in Support of the Implementation of the ECOWAS Action Plan Against Drug Abuse through more effective Regional Cooperation", on 22-24 November 2016 in Abuja.The conference brought together high-level law enforcement bodies (Police, Gendarmerie, Magistrate, etc.) from ECOWAS member States. International organisations were also represented.  Read more

Awareness raising workshop on financial investigations and asset recovery in Mali

An awareness raising workshop on financial investigations and asset recovery was organized by UNODC in Bamako, Mali, from 22 to 24 November 2016. Twenty-three (23) participants representing the Financial Intelligence Unit, the Police, the Gendarmerie, Customs and other competent law enforcement authorities attended this three day workshop.  Read more

Nigerien criminal justice officials trained on the treatment of victims and witnesses

UNODC trained thirty-two (32) Nigerien officials representing the Police, the Gendarmerie and judges on the treatment of victims and witnesses from 22 to 24 November 2016, in Niamey, Niger. The participants, who were trained on victimization, whistle-blowers, access to justice, and fair treatment of victims among others, came from various regions of the country.  Read more

UNODC strengthens Mauritania's capacity against firearms trafficking

UNODC provided training to 29 national law enforcement and judicial officers on the investigation and prosecution of firearms trafficking and related offences. This activity, held on 7-11 November 2016 in Nouakchott, Mauritania, forms part of UNODC's mandate to provide technical assistance to governments to implement their security strategies.  Read more

The G5 Sahel strengthens security cooperation

The G5 Sahel Security Cooperation Platform (PCMS) is a regional security coordination and information exchange mechanism aimed at strengthening capacities to combat terrorism and transnational organized crime. On 8-9 November 2016, UNODC organized an expert meeting on its operationalization, in Nouakchott, Mauritania, to discuss and agree on its functioning.  Read more 

UNODC delivers 10 vehicles to Malian law enforcement authorities

In the framework UNODC's long-lasting partnership with Malian authorities, its Regional Office for West and Central Africa delivered 10 off-road vehicles to the Ministry of Internal Security and Civil Protection on 25 October 2016, to the national Police, the national Gendarmerie and the "Office Central des Stupéfiants" (Mali's centralized drug control institution).  Read more

An international drug trafficking network dismantled in Mali

In late October 2016, Malian authorities arrested the alleged kingpin behind an international drug trafficking network operating in Mali. The arrest was carried out through efficient cooperation and information exchange between law enforcement agencies in the region, which UNODC facilitated, signalling an increased capacity to counter drug trafficking.  Read more

Strengthening the fight against money-laundering and terrorism financing in Niger

From 11 to 13 October 2016, UNODC organized a national workshop for reporting entities on combating money laundering and the financing of terrorism. 29 representatives from financial and non-financial sectors took part to this three-day workshop which aimed at raising awareness on their role in combating money laundering and terrorism financing.  Read more

UNODC Regional Representative attends AU Extraordinary Summit on Maritime Security 

Maritime security and safety in Africa is a real problem given the increase in maritime crimes in the waters of the continent. Thus, the African Union in partnership with UNODC, held its first Extraordinary Summit in Togo from 10 to 15 October 2016 on Maritime Security and Safety, and Development in Africa. The summit was dedicated to address several related-maritime insecurity issues.   Read more

UNODC launches two Joint Airport Interdiction Task Forces in Yaoundé and Douala

UNODC and the Government of Cameroon have officially inaugurated Joint Airport Interdiction Task Forces (JAITFs) in the Yaoundé and Douala international Airports on October 6, 2016. These units were created in 2015 by presidential decree as part of the AIRCOP project, implemented by UNODC in partnership with INTERPOL and the World Customs Organization.  Read more

UNODC trains specialists to fight Methamphetamine trafficking in Cote d'Ivoire


The Regional Office for West and Central Africa of the United Nations Office against Drugs and Crime (UNODC) organized from 03-07 October 2016 in Abidjan a "Workshop on operational strategies against the diversion of Precursors and trafficking in Methamphetamine." The Training took place in the premises of the National Police Academy and gathered personels of Law enforcement bodies.    Read more

UNODC presents Nelson Mandela Rules to prison administrations in the Sahel

In partnership with Algerian penitentiary authorities, UNODC organized the second sub-regional meeting of the Sahel Prison Administrations on 27-29 September 2016, in Algiers, Algeria. The meeting brought together representatives from countries in the region to review recommendations identified during the first meeting held in Niamey, Niger in 2014.  Read more

The ECOWAS Project supports the establishment of an information platform on drug use

To address the gap in epidemiological data on the demand and consumption of drugs, the UNODC organized a  "Regional Workshop on The Collection and Analysis of Data on the Use of drugs and the Estimation size of Drug Users Among the General Population" in Dakar between 26-29 of September. Experts of the West African Network on Drug Use discussed on how to build reliable data collection and analysis systems.  Read more

Whistle-blower and witness protection in the fight against corruption

From 19 to 21 September 2016, representatives from 12 countries in West Africa gathered in Monrovia, Liberia, to discuss whistle-blower and witness protection in the fight against corruption. The participants adopted the Monrovia Statement on Whistle-blower and Witness Protection, and formulated a list of priority actions and recommendations.  Read more

UNODC/ECOWAS jointly launch efforts to support West Africa against drugs and crime

At a special event held on the margins of the 71st General Assembly on 19 september 2016, UNODC and ECOWAS jointly launched launched the new UNODC Regional Programme for West Africa, which capitalizes on the complementarities between the two organizations to step up the fight against international drug trafficking, terrorism, and corruption, among others.  Read more

Strengthening the fight against methamphetamine trafficking in Burkina Faso

The UNODC Regional Office for West and Central Africa organized a training in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, from 16 to 19 August 2016, in collaboration with ECOWAS, to strengthen the capacities of Burkinabè authorities with regards to the operational strategies used to fight against illegal methamphetamine trafficking, a growing phenomenon affecting the region.  Read more

Regional workshop on counter terrorism financing in Togo

UNODC and the West African Economic and Monetary Union jointly organized a regional workshop in Togo from 16 to 19 August 2016, to strengthen participants' capacities on financial investigative techniques to counter terrorism financing with representatives of Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo.  Read more

Strengthening the criminal justice chain against terrorism in Senegal

As part of its contribution to the UN Regional Integrated Strategy for the Sahel and through its Sahel Programme, UNODC's office for West and Central Africa (ROSEN) held a training workshop, from 26 to 28 July 2016, for Senegalese judges, prosecutors and law enforcement agents in charge of terrorism cases, financed by the Government of the Netherlands.  Read more

Anti-corruption teachings in universities on the right track in Burkina Faso

From 26 to 28 July 2016, UNODC and UNESCO organized a workshop on the integration of anti-corruption teachings at the university level in Burkina Faso. During the event, participants discussed the way in which the different modules of the Anti-corruption Academic Initiative's course could be introduced in already existing courses.  Read more

UNODC supports Sahel States' efforts against foreign terrorist fighters

UNODC organized a regional workshop with representatives of the Sahel countries, the EU, Interpol, Japan and experts from Spain and Portugal from 26 to 28 July 2016 in Dakar, Senegal. This workshop aimed to reinforce border control efforts to counter foreign terrorist fighters, a growing security concern for countries in the region.  Read more

International Nelson Mandela day: UNODC visits detention centers in Senegal

To commemorate this day, celebrated on the 18th of July, a delegation of the UNODC Regional Office for West and Central Africa (ROSEN) visited the women's detention establishment and the men's prison of Dakar and officially distributed the "United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners" also known as the Nelson Mandela Rules.  Read more

A UNODC delegation visits Bangui, Central African Republic

A UNODC delegation led by the Regional Representative for West and Central Africa, Mr. Pierre Lapaque, met with Central African authorities in Bangui, Central African Republic, from 16 until 23 of July 2016 to analyze the security and justice sectors, and determine the UNODC contribution to the efforts undertaken by other actors to rebuild these sectors.  Read more

Network of Anti-Corruption Institutions in West Africa (NACIWA) gathers in Benin

The GA of the NACIWA gathered in Cotonou, Benin from 13 to 15 July 2016 with UNODC support. Hosted by the National Anti-Corruption Commission of Benin and under the auspices of H.E. the President of Benin, Mr. Patrice Talon, the GA brought together representatives of anti-corruption authorities and delegates from ECOWAS, UNODC and civil society.  Read more

UNODC and MINUSMA deliver training against international drug trafficking in Mali

From 20 June to 1 July 2016, the UNODC Regional Office for West and Central Africa organized a training workshop on investigative techniques against international drug trafficking in Bamako, Mali, in collaboration with MINUSMA, in the framework of the project "Support to ECOWAS Regional Action Plan on drug trafficking, organized crime and drug abuse in West Africa."  Read more

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

First Mobile eLearning Unit delivered in Africa

The UNODC Regional Office for West and Central Africa (ROSEN), in collaboration with the Global eLearning Programme, delivered the first Mobile eLearning Unit in Africa. The equipment was handed over to the Liberian Drug Enforcement Agency (LDEA) on 8 December 2015, along with a specialized training session on their use.  Read more

UNODC urges parliaments in the region to invest in anti-corruption

On the occasion of the International Anti-Corruption Day, which, every 9 December, celebrates the anniversary of the United Nations Convention against Corruption adopted in 2004, the UNODC Regional Representative for West and Central Africa, Mr. Pierre Lapaque, issued a statement urging parliaments in West and Central Africa to invest in anti-corruption.  Read more

WACI: Fighting drug trafficking and transnational organized crime in West Africa


To address the multitude of issues related to Transnational Organized Crime in the region, the West Africa Coast Initiative (WACI) implementing partners organized the third Programme Advisory Committee meeting on 23 November 2015, in Bissau, bringing together several representatives from international, regional and national institutions.  Read more

The G5 Sahel and the international community unite against crime and terrorism

From 18 to 20 November 2015, the G5 Heads of State Summit was held in N'Djamena, Chad. Bringing together Heads of State of Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger, as well as many partners and experts from around the world, the meeting resulted in, among others, the launch of the institution's Security Cooperation Platform.  Read more

Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea: Learning from the Seychellois prosecution model


Several representatives working in the legal systems of Ghana, Sao Tome and Principe and Togo met in Victoria, Seychelles from 19 to 20 October 2015 to compare their institutional frameworks and learn lessons from the Seychellois system, which has successfully implemented a piracy prosecution model, serving as an example in the matter.  Read more

Police forces of Sahel States commit to the fight against corruption


UNODC organized a regional workshop focused on the police and the fight against corruption in the Sahel in Niamey, Niger, on 13 and 14 October 2015, in order to strengthen national and regional cooperation between the different authorities charged with leading the fight against the crime and increasing integrity within the respective police forces.  Read more

Updated criminal code in Gabon legislates against piracy and maritime crime


A UNODC coordination meeting brought together judges, prosecutors and legal experts from West Africa to examine the legal challenges facing Benin, Gabon, Nigeria and Togo in their struggles against maritime crime. The event, held in Libreville from 6 to 8 October 2015, saw the adoption of a new Criminal Code by Gabon that legislates against maritime crime.  Read more

UNODC promotes security cooperation between G5 Sahel States


On the 6 and 7 October 2015, UNODC experts and representatives from G5 Sahel States met in Bamako in the context of a workshop regarding the creation of institutional cooperation mechanisms in the field of security. The event aimed at finalizing the legal framework governing both the functioning and organization of said mechanisms.  Read more

UNODC assists Sahel States to counter foreign terrorist fighters


In order to examine the legal and operational frameworks with regard to the fight against foreign terrorist fighters, UNODC organized a conference in Dakar, Senegal between 29 September and 1 October 2015. The workshop brought together representatives from Sahel countries and experts from regional, national and international organizations.  Read more

UNODC efforts improve drug field testing capacity and regional cooperation


From 30 September to 1 October 2015, front line law enforcement officers combating illicit drug trafficking in West Africa have been trained and equipped to identify illicit drugs and their precursors using UNODC field test kits. The event, held in Accra, Ghana, brought together 45 law enforcement officers from 13 countries across the region.  Read more

170 kg of drugs seized during an AIRCOP joint operation


An operation targeting drug trafficking from Latin America to Europe via Africa has resulted in the seizure of nearly 170 kilogrammes of drugs worth an estimated EUR 10 million, as well as gold coins and stolen credit cards. This joint AIRCOP operation involved Interpol, Europol and the World Customs Organization, as well as multiple international airports.  Read more

Specialized training for Mali and Niger against migrant smuggling and human trafficking


UNODC organized two successive training sessions in Bamako from 14-18 September 2015, and Niamey from 28 September to 02 October 2015, bringing together 40 instructors from the two countries' police academies and gendarmeries. These specialized sessions aimed to strengthen the participants' capacities to fight migrant smuggling and human trafficking.  Read more

CCP supports the implementation of a Joint Port Control Unit in Mali


UNODC organized a workshop in Bamako, Mali from 7-18 September 2015. This training represented the first step towards the implementation of the CCP, and provided to twenty participants from Mali's law enforcement agencies the opportunity to take advantage of targeting techniques used in the fight against illicit traffic of goods via containers.   Read more

Enhancing container controls at ports to fight wildlife crimes


UNODC organized a workshop in Accra, Ghana, from 25 to 27 August 2015 and in Dakar, Senegal, from 31 August to 2 September 2015. With the objective of providing training for national law enforcement agencies to better fight wildlife crime through the control of maritime containers, this activity was led by experts from UNODC and its partners.   Read more

UNODC works with Central Africa in combating wildlife and forest crime


Recognizing the growing commitment to tackle illegal trafficking of wildlife and timber, UNODC's Global Programme for Combating Wildlife and Forest Crime organized the first regional workshop of Central African States on strengthening border controls to address illicit wildlife and forest crime, in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, from 31 August to 2 September 2015.   Read more

CCP Women's Network highlights West Africa as an example

On 25 August 2015, the UNODC- WCO Container Control Programme met in Vienna, Austria, to launch its new Women's Network initiative. This meeting gathered women working in the Programme and allowed them to discuss how to operationalize the Women's Network within the scope of UNODC's effort towards gender equality and woman empowerment.   Read more

UNODC presents legal aid strategy in Mali

UNODC, in partnership with the Ministry of Justice of Mali, organized a validation meeting of the national legal aid strategy. The objective of the meeting, which took place on 26 and 27 August 2015 in Bamako, was to present stakeholders the objectives, the content and the ways of implementation of the strategy.  Read more

Launch of UNODC Regional Strategy against human trafficking and migrant smuggling

UNODC has developed a holistic Regional Strategy covering twenty-two West and Central African countries to meet the challenges raised by trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants. The Strategy was launched on 25 August in Dakar, Senegal, with the participation of various partners including ECOWAS, ECCAS and civil society.  Read more

Burkina Faso aims to strengthen its national anti-corruption institution

Two workshops were held on 6-7 July and 17-18 August 2015 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, to amend the texts governing its main anti-corruption institution. The main objective was to update and validate the constitution of the "  Autorité Supérieure de Contrôle d'Etat" in order to increase efficiency and effectiveness in Burkina Faso's fight against corruption.  Read More

UNODC convenes West African legal experts to confront maritime crime

Two meetings organised by the UNODC on 16 and 28-30 July brought together legal officials from five countries in West Africa to confront the legal challenges posed by piracy and maritime crime in the region. Representatives from France and the European Union attended the coordination meetings in Nigeria and Togo, which were financed by the United States.  Read More

UNODC trains Malian criminal justice officials on the treatment of victims and witnesses

To support the efforts of the Sahel countries to improve the treatment of victims and witnesses, UNODC is carrying out national trainings in each country of the region. The first country to benefit from this initiative was Mali, where UNODC trained 38 criminal justice officials from 4 to 6 August 2015. Participants were representing the police, the gendarmerie and judges.   Read More

Mali assesses its national anti-corruption legislation

While Mali ratified the United Nations Convention against Corruption on 18 April 2008, its self-assessment, delayed by armed conflicts, took place between 28-31 July 2015 during a workshop supported by UNODC. Among those present were the Minister of Labour of Mali, Ms Diarra Raky Talla, and the Minister of Justice and Human Rights, Mr Mahamadou Diarra.  Read More

UNODC workshop in Lomé reinforces the fight against maritime crime

As part of its Global Maritime Crime Programme, UNODC organized a workshop in Lomé, Togo, on 6-9 July 2015. The workshop brought together judges and prosecutors from West Africa and focused on improving legal reform in regard to maritime crime. Among those present during the inauguration ceremony was the Minister of Justice of Togo.  Read More

West and Central African journalists meet to establish CENOZO

On 8-9 July 2015, UNODC brought together eighteen journalists from West and Central Africa to formally establish the Norbert Zongo Cell for Investigative Journalism in West Africa. CENOZO will aim to actively promote investigative journalism in West Africa on topics such as corruption, organized crime, bad governance, and violations of human rights.  Read More

UNODC uses film to change social norms

In Celebration of the Day of the African Child on 16 June, UNODC and the Senegalese National Task Force against trafficking in persons launched a one hour movie, directed by film maker Adam Sie, at the Daniel Sorano National Theater in Dakar, Senegal.  Le Cheval Blanc depicts the hardships, dangers and exploitation faced by street begging children in the capital.  Read More

Drug awareness and mobilization week in Mali and Senegal

For the 28th edition of Senegal's "Drug awareness and mobilization week", as well as for the launch of the World Drug Report 2015, UNODC organized a series of events with local governmental and civil society partners during the month of June 2015. Among these were a drug incineration ceremony and visits at two different drug rehabilitation facilities in Dakar.  Read More

Guinea assesses its national anti-corruption legislation with UNODC support

Guinea's National Anti-Corruption Agency, currently established by decree, as been described as relying on a thin legal basis. Furthermore, the Guinean penal code has yet to align itself with the UN Convention against Corruption. In this context, Guinea initiated a self-assessment during a workshop that took place on 27-29 May 2015.   Read More

Sahel countries draft model law on victim and witness protection

There is currently a legal vacuum for victim and witness protection in the Sahel countries. UNODC, in collaboration with the ministries of justice of the Sahel countries, organized on 9-11 June 2015 in Niamey, Niger, a meeting to begin the process of a   "Draft   model law on the assistance and protection of victims and witnesses of crime for the Sahel countries."   Read More

NACIWA adopts a new constitution

On 8-9 June 2015, a general assembly of the Network of Anti-Corruption Institutions in West Africa took place in Bamako, Mali. The meeting aimed to amend its constitution and explore the linkages between drug trafficking, organized crime and corruption. Representatives from anti-corruption institutions, the African Development Bank and UNODC were present.  Read More

Launch of the AIRCOP Project in Cameroon

As part of the implementation of the AIRCOP Project in Cameroon, aimed at curbing illicit trafficking, UNODC launched the initial training of the Joint Airport Interdiction Task Forces agents on 1-12 June in Douala and Yaoundé. Among the attendees were representatives from the European Union, INTERPOL, as well as agents from Cameroon's Customs and Gendarmerie forces.  Read More

UNODC and CAMES initiative introduces the anti-corruption agenda in African universities

Acknowledging the destabilizing effects brought along by corruption, UNODC met on 2-4 June 2015 with university teachers from West and Central Africa in Doha, Qatar. During the workshop, participants explored various ways of integrating the anti-corruption agenda into the curricula of African universities. The workshop was the result of a partnership between UNODC and a number of knowledge driven institutions.  Read More

UNODC commits to supporting Côte d'Ivoire against transnational organized crime 

Due to its central geographical position in West Africa and the porosity of its borders, Côte d'Ivoire is particularly vulnerable to various forms of illicit trafficking. In this context, UNODC undertook a mission to Abidjan, from 8 to 10 June 2015, in order to raise awareness on the issues relevant to its mandate and increase its partnership with the country's main institutional actors.   Read More

UNODC assists Senegal in its fight against money-laundering

In recent years, West Africa has become one of the most important poles of transnational organized crime and money-laundering. In this context, UNODC delivered an intensive training which ended on 22 May in Dakar on financial investigation to Senegalese law enforcement authorities, built around training modules, workshops, thematic sessions and practical exercises.   Read More

Nigerien authorities collaborate with UNODC in their fight against corruption

Corruption in the Sahel region is both a cause and a consequence of a range of criminal activities. As the guardian of the United Nations Convention against Corruption, UNODC collaborated with HALCIA, Niger's official anti-corruption body, by providing a series of workshops and recommendations aimed at fighting corruption. The activities took place on 5-11 May 2015.  Read More

Migrant smuggling and human trafficking in the Sahel tops UNODC workshop agenda

In order to tackle human rights violations and the death toll related to human trafficking and migrant smuggling, UNODC organized on 18-21 May a training workshop with the police and gendarmerie academies of Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger. The workshop was described by the participants as a necessary instrument to strengthen the response capacity of police officers on the ground.  Read More

UNODC strengthens Niger's investigation and prosecution capacity of terrorism-related cases

From 12 to 15 May, UNODC organized a national training workshop to strengthen Nigerien officials' investigation and prosecution capacity of terrorism-related cases. The activity was delivered to Nigerien magistrates and judicial police officers, especially those residing outside the capital, to solidify their knowledge of anti-terrorist investigation techniques and related international instruments.  Read More

Niger becomes the first Sahel country to legislate against migrant smuggling

In recent months, there has been a significant increase in the number of people trying to reach European coasts as a result of conflict or lack of opportunity in their country of origin. As a response to rising security and humanitarian concerns in the region, the Nigerien government drafted a law against migrant smuggling with technical and financial assistance from UNODC. The law was adopted on 11 May 2015.  Read More

UNODC commits to support the G5 Sahel to combat terrorism and radicalization 

The Interior Ministers of the G5 Sahel Member States met on 14 May 2015 in Niamey, Niger, to intensify their cooperation in the fight against organized crime, terrorism and radicalization in the Sahel region. The G5 Sahel, comprising of Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger, is an institutional framework created in December 2014 to coordinate development and security policies of the region.   Read More

A newly established Canine Unit to enhance drugs detection capacities of Cabo Verde

A joint UNODC - European Union delegation visited the new Canine Unit of Praia's airport Joint Airport Interdiction Task Force, in Cabo Verde, which is fully operational since March. All three dogs (Fly, Edison and Inca), donated by Italy, are deployed daily in the capital's airport in search for suspicious cargo and luggage, strengthening the country's drug detection capacities.  Read More

African Union leaders agree to strengthen the fight against wildlife and forest crime

On 27-30 April, the International Conference on Illegal Exploitation and Illicit Trade in Wild Fauna and Flora in Africa was held in Brazzaville, in the Republic of Congo. Bringing together a number of African heads of state and high level representatives, the meeting culminated in the adoption of a common strategy to strengthen the fight against wildlife and forest crime.  Read More

UNODC and DPKO collaborate to strengthen law enforcement in Mali

A series of events jointly organized between UNODC, MINUSMA and UNPOL provided Malian security forces with training on the issues of terrorism, organized crime and gender-based violence. UNODC and DPKO staff in Mali collaborate in every aspect of these activities, from carrying out assessments to designing and implementing training workshops and curricula.  Read More

UNODC promotes deradicalization and reintegration for detainees in Niger

On 28-30 April, UNODC organized an interdisciplinary workshop on the safety of high-risk detainees to support the review of the national plan for the reintegration of prisoners. Attended by representatives from various ministries, the meeting sought to strengthen the conceptual framework of prisoners' rehabilitation, preparation before release and community support.  Read More


UNODC continues countering drug trafficking by implementing JAITFs across the world

As part of its continued support to counter illicit trafficking across the world, UNODC organized the 4th International Annual Meeting of the AIRCOP Project in Panama City, from 21 to 23 April. The meeting brought together over 60 participants from 35 countries to share intelligence, experiences, good practices, and strengthen the capacity of Joint Airport Interdiction Task Forces. Read More

Senegal assesses the compliance of its anti-corruption legislation with UNCAC

On 17 April 2015, Senegal finalized the preparatory work for the self-assessment of its anti-corruption legislation in the context of the review mechanism of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC). Participants included representatives from the National Office for the Fight against Fraud and Corruption, various ministries, oversight institutions, civil society and other stakeholders. Read More

Specialized training on human rights aspects of extradition and mutual legal assistance

To strengthen the ability of Sahel region States to successfully cooperate against terrorism while respecting human rights, UNODC and the Sahel Judicial Platform organised a specialized training on the human rights aspects of international cooperation in criminal matters. On 17-19 February 2015 the event brought together 25 officials from the region along with international experts. Read More

UNODC and the Embassy of Palestine promote Arab community engagement in the Sahel

On 7 April 2015, the Ambassadors of Arab countries in Dakar participated in a roundtable meeting organized by UNODC and the Embassy of the State of Palestine. The event brought together for the first time the representatives of more than 17 Arab countries accredited to Senegal around key themes such as security, radical extremism and humanitarian assistance. Read More

West African Ministers of Justice sign WACAP Charter to institutionalize judicial cooperation

On 23 March 2015, a high-level meeting was held in Accra, Ghana, further consolidating and institutionalizing the West African Network of Central Authorities and Prosecutors against Organised Crime (WACAP). Regrouping various Ministers of Justice and high-level representatives from the region, the event resulted in the signature of the WACAP charter. Read More

Chad strengthens legislation against human trafficking thanks to UNODC support

On 25-26 March 2015, a technical workshop was held in N'Djamena, Chad, to validate the draft law on the fight against human trafficking. Resulting from UNODC's close collaboration with the Government of Chad, the event brought together legal practitioners, academics, sociologists, members of government, civil society and international organizations. Read More

NACIWA elects new Executive Committee and adopts a strategic plan (2015-2017)

Executive Committee of the Network of National Anti-Corruption Institutions in West Africa (from left to right): Mr. Shollay Davies; Mr. James Verdier Jr; Mr. Issoufou Boureima; Ms. Nafy Ngom Keïta

On 13 March 2015, the Network of National Anti-Corruption Institutions in West Africa (NACIWA) elected a new Executive Committee at their General Assembly Meeting convened by ECOWAS in Abuja, Nigeria. The new Executive Committee is constituted by Mr. Issoufou Boureima (President); Mr. James Verdier Jr. (Vice-President); Ms. Nafy Ngom Keïta (Secretary); and Mr. Shollay Davies (Finance Secretary). Read More (Version française)

Documentary fraud control in West Africa: UNODC strengthens the capacity of JAITFs

Documentary fraud is a key vector for illicit trafficking, threatening the security of many countries. On 2 to 6 March 2015, the Airport Communication Project of UNODC (AIRCOP) organized a specialized training on documentary fraud control, regrouping officials from Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean for the first time since 2010. Read More (Version française)                                

Community engagement in the fight against child exploitation in Senegal

UNODC, with the support of grassroots organizations, community and religious leaders, organized from 28 February to 3 March a community movement against the exploitation of children known in Senegal as  talibés . During a forum that gathered more than 250 people in the municipality of Medina, various participants expressed their outrage against this form of daily exploitation. Read More (Version française)

UNODC consolidates West African anti-corruption efforts in Niamey

On 26-27 February, 13 national anti-corruption authorities from West African countries gathered in a conference in Niamey, bringing together heads of anti-corruption institutions for the first time since 2012. The conference connected investigators, developped a strategic plan for the region and supported the new ECOWAS Network of Anti-Corruption Institutions in West Africa. Read More (Version française)

4.5 tons of ivory seized thanks to UNODC-WCO Container Control Programme

Resulting from cooperation efforts between UNODC and African governments, Togolese authorities have recently seized 4.5 tons of ivory at the Lomé port. Orchestrated thanks to the UNODC-WCO Container Control Programme (CCP), this seizure highlights the importance that wildlife crimes can have on security and development efforts in the region. Read More (Version française)

UNODC launches a Joint Airport Interdiction Task Force in Mali

As part of its continued support to counter drug trafficking in the region, UNODC and the Government of Mali officially inaugurated on 9 February 2015, the Joint Airport Interdiction Task Force (JAITF) of Bamako Senou International Airport with the aim to better improve the detection, interdiction and investigative capacities of the airport. Read More (Version française)

UNODC to increase technical cooperation with Cabo Verde to counter organized crime

UNODC Regional Representative for West and Central Africa lead an official mission to Praia, Cabo Verde, from 4 to 8 February 2015, with the aim to strengthen UNODC's technical cooperation with the government and consult with national and international partners on the most effective way to address national priorities.  Read More (Version française) (Versão portuguesa) 

Enhancing trans-border cooperation to tackle illicit trafficking

UNODC organized on 28-29 January a workshop on border control, with a special focus on land borders. With the objective of bringing together the leaders of different relevant institutions, the workshop aimed at enabling the drafting of recommendations conducive to improvements in the control of main entry points of the Sahel region. Read More (Version française)                                

Tackling human trafficking in West Africa: UNODC and the story of Anna and Precious

A few years ago, Anna, now aged 24, and her friend Precious, now 19, were brought from Nigeria to Okah, in northern Côte d'Ivoire, under the pretence of attractive jobs. With difficult living conditions back home, they made the choice of moving for a better life. The opportunity was not as innocent as it seemed and Anna and Precious soon found themselves being trafficked. Read More (Version française)

UNODC strengthens international cooperation in the Sahel

A strategy meeting took place on 19 and 20 January in Dakar, Senegal, to assess and evaluate the considerable progress achieved by UNODC through the UN Integrated Strategy for the Sahel, and set a precise direction for its future. Stakeholders approved the extension of the Sahel Programme until 2017 and further integration of Maghreb countries into activities in the region. Read More (Version française)

Consensus achieved on a draft anti-corruption bill in Niger with UNODC support

Anti-corruption officials in Niger achieved consensus on proposals related to draft anti-corruption legislation that is poised to be adopted by the Council of Ministers and the National Assembly in 2015. This result was achieved at a workshop organized by the HALCIA and UNODC held in Niamey, Niger, from 15 to 17 December 2014. Read More (Version française)

Students, civil society and government together to celebrate 9 December

The International Day against Corruption was celebrated at the University of Dakar, Senegal, through a regional forum organized by UNODC in partnership with CERAG, the OFNAC and the Faculty of law and Political Science. The theme of the Forum was: "Sanctioning acts of corruption in Africa: Current situation and challenges" Read More (Version française)

Enhancing effective criminal justice systems in West Africa

Judicial authorities play a crucial role in ensuring that criminals are brought to justice but have to integrate new legal concepts and procedural mechanisms into legal practice. In a move to enhance expertise with magistrates in areas relevant to countering drugs, crime and terrorism, UNODC initiated a partnership with Centres for Judiciary Training from West Africa. Read More (Version française)

Sahel countries agree on priorities to protect and assist victims and witnesses

UNODC organized a regional meeting in Nouakchott, Mauritania, from 2 to 4 December 2014, which provided an overview of the legal and practical challenges faced by Sahel countries in protecting and assisting victims and witnesses of crime. The meeting brought together 39 participants from all over the region. Read More (Version française)

Drug Use and Trafficking in Senegal: Strengthening Monitoring and Rehabilitation

The "Centre de Prise en charge Intégrée des Addictions de Dakar" (CEPIAD) was recently inaugurated in the framework of the UNODC contribution to support drug dependence treatment service development and evidence-based service delivery. This integrated center delivers the first methadone maintenance programme in West Africa. Read More (Version française)

Launch of the Asset Recovery Inter-Agency Network for West Africa "ARIN-WA"

To answer to various forms of illicit trafficking, embezzlement of public funds and corruption, UNODC's Global Programme against Money Laundering (GPML) organized a high-level meeting from 24 to 27 November 2014 in Accra, Ghana, which officially established the Asset Recovery Inter-Agency Network for West Africa (ARIN-WA). Read More (Version française)

Investigative journalism in the Sahel: a critical role in tackling corruption and organized crime

A regional workshop on investigating and reporting corruption on organized crime in the Sahel was held in Saly, Senegal, from 24 to 27 November 2014. The four-day workshop allowed renowned journalists from 14 countries in West Africa to exchange on the disastrous effects of corruption and drug trafficking and the centrality of investigative journalism in the process of helping to bring those responsible to justice. Read More (Version française)

Prison management in the Sahel: UNODC promotes penal reform in the region

On 9-14 November 2014, UNODC organized a workshop on prison reform in Niamey, Niger. The event regrouped officers in charge of penitentiary administration from Sahel countries for the first time to discuss and share best practices in view of increasing the efficiency of prison management and promote social reintegration for detainees, and determine technical assistance needs for 2015. Read More (Version française)

UNODC facilitates marking and registration of small arms and light weapons in Niger

In close collaboration with its regional partners, UNODC and the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs have donated three machines for marking small arms and light weapons to the National Commission for the Collection and Control of Illicit Arms of the Republic of Niger, and organized a training workshop on the marking and registration of light weapons and small arms. Read More (Version française)

Legal aid key in strengthening rule of law in the Sahel region

On 2-4 September 2014, officials from countries in the Sahel region - Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Niger and Senegal - as well as from Algeria and Morocco, met at Bamako, Mali, to agree on the steps needed to improve the access to legal aid in their criminal justice systems. The workshop was implemented as part of UNODC's Sahel Programme, developed in response to a surge in organized crime in the region. Read More (Version française)

UNODC spreads its message against human trafficking all over the world

On 30 July, UNODC marked the first World Day against Trafficking in Persons with activities across the globe to raise awareness about this heinous crime. These activities highlighted the plight of victims of human trafficking, aided by a UNODC social media campaign entitled #igivehope. Read More

Action against drugs and crime supports Mali's peace and development efforts: UNODC Chief Yury Fedotov   

UNODC Executive Director praised the efforts of the Malian government and the excellent cooperation between UNODC and DPKO in Mali and West Africa. Mr. Yury Fedotov said that "UNODC and DPKO have forged a close collaboration that capitalizes on each organizations' mandates and experience, but also views peacekeeping and fighting drugs and organized crime as interconnected issues calling for joint responses."  Read More (Version française)

Drugs and crime threat mobilizes international support for West Africa Coast Initiative

Donor representatives and high-level officials, including UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov have gathered in New York to renew their support for the West African region through the West Africa Coast Initiative (WACI). Drugs, crime and terrorism represent some of the greatest threats to security and development in the West African region. Read more (Version française)

Drug consumption and trafficking in West Africa: Local impact and international implications

Drug consumption and the impact of trafficking on governance, security and development in West Africa was highlighted this week at an event organized by the West Africa Commission on Drugs (WACD) and the International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC), held on the side-lines of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) which took place in Vienna, Austria on 21 March 2014.  Read more (Version française)

UNODC chief briefs Security Council on drug and crime vulnerability in West Africa, Sahel

The importance of confronting illicit drugs in West Africa and the Sahel was underlined yesterday  at a Security Council briefing on this significant issue. Organized by France, the current President of the Security Council, the event saw UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov, among others, deliver key statements on drug trafficking in West Africa and Sahel. Read more  (Version française)

Improving Justice in Liberia


As part of a fellowship programme for law students who want to become public defenders, UNODC partnered with the Washington and Lee University School of Law in the United States and the Public Defense Office in Monrovia, Liberia. The programme aims to strengthen the national criminal justice system by introducing well-prepared lawyers into the profession.  Read more  (Version française)

Sahel region countries agree to cooperate in response to illicit trafficking, organized crime and terrorism

Representatives from Algeria, Burkina Faso, Chad, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco and Niger met last week in Burkina Faso to agree on areas of cooperation to address the interconnected problems of drug trafficking, organized crime and terrorism that have plagued the region for the last decade. The delegates agreed on a number of measures as part of a UNODC response strategy for the Sahel. Read more  (Version française)