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

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

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 the peace and security in the Sahel region. In light of this, 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 the future priorities of the Programme. 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



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