Fighting disinformation on COVID-19 in the Sahel through local language radio messages


"Before our radio programme, people didn't even believe in the disease," says Mohammed Samate, director of Radio Dodia in Anderamboukane, some 1,600 kms from Bamako in eastern Mali. "Thanks to the programme, they now realize that it's not a joke," he says.  Radio Dodia, located on the border with Niger, broadcast short messages in Tamasheq, the local language, to raise awareness of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

Rebuilding cross-border trust and dialogue in Mali and Niger through community radio


As soon as the programme went to air the phone in the small recording room of Radio Dodia started ringing off the hook. The impact was immediate with an estimated 40,000 people listening to community leaders, the Defence and Security Forces and representatives of the justice system talking together for the first time about security issues that have fuelled growing mistrust among them.  Read more

UNODC provides PPE to the G5 Sahel Joint Force Provost Brigades against COVID-19


In addition to its technical expertise, UNODC provided PPE material support at the request of the Joint Force to ensure the continuity of its action against terrorism and organized crime in the Sahel during the COVID 19 pandemic. The equipment will serve the Joint  Force to continue its work in safe working conditions by preventing the spread of the virus within the Force, but also between the Force and the population. Read more

Children's shelter doubles capacity due to COVID-19, receives UNODC aid


When the first case of COVID 19 reached Senegal, the Samu Social shelter for homeless children in the capital didn’t wait long before deciding to make space for more young residents, doubling its capacity. With twice as many mouths to feed during the pandemic  essential food supplies and medical equipment was provided to the Samu Sociale and other centres like it thanks to UNODC, supported by USAID. Read more

Chad reforms terror law & abolishes the death penalty with UNODC support


After two years of consultations to amend the country's anti-terrorism laws, a new law was promulgated by the President of Chad. The abolition of the death penalty for acts of terrorism is just one of the human rights reforms under way in the country, made possible with the support of UNODC. The new law retains life imprisonment as the maximum penalty for terrorist acts. Read more

Chad adopts decree on the Platform for Cooperation on Security Matters


Chad has become the first G5 Sahel country to adopt the text proposed by UNODC to establish the national legal existence of the Platform for Security Cooperation (PCMS). The decree aims to strengthen capacities to combat terrorism and transnational organized crime in the Sahel countries.The PCMS is now legally recognized as a mechanism for regional police cooperation and can access INTERPOL's international criminal databases. Read more

Likely increase in migrant smuggling & human trafficking due to COVID-19


COVID-19 travel and movement restrictions are not stopping the movement of people fleeing conflict, human rights abuses, violence and dangerous living conditions, according to a report launched by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The closure of land, sea and air borders, however, may result in an increase smuggling of migrants. People have an even greater need for the services of smugglers in order to cross borders. Read more

Victims of trafficking at greater risk due to COVID-19 pandemic


Identifying a victim of trafficking of persons is difficult, even under normal circumstances. Mainly due to the fact that trafficking victims are often exploited in illegal, informal or unregulated sectors like the sex industry, or in domestic settings. Now as the world tries to curb the COVID 19 health pandemic, there are growing fears that identifying victims of human trafficking is even more difficult. Read more

Senegalese artists and the UN fight together against COVID-19 


A picture is worth a thousand words: RBS Crew, a group of urban street artists from Senegal were invited to spread their message at the UN building in Dakar to reach as many people as possible. The result is a magnificent mural displaying all the barrier gestures against the spread of COVID 19. The UN in Senegal supports the efforts of the country in the fight against the global pandemic.  Read more

Takorama: Online Film Festival for lockdown learners addresses UNODC values


An online film festival has been launched especially for students, parents & teachers from April 24 to May 24 2020. All the films address the values of solidarity, tolerance, respect, empathy and sustainable development, which are also at the core ofUNODC’s Education for Justice (E4J). All teachers can register their class to participate in the festival and share the festival videos with them. Read more


UNODC's Education 4 Justice has developed tools for primary and secondary education, including educational materials for teachers, parents, students, that promise to make learning at home fun. These activities will help educators to provide future generations with the means to better understand and combat problems that can undermine the rule of law.  Read more


More than 500 children have been taken off the streets in Senegal and returned to their families as a safeguarding measure against the Covid 19 pandemic thanks to coordinated efforts between UNODC, USAID and the ministry of Family and Child Protection. They have been placed in child services housing centres for 14 days and tested for Covid-19 before their return to their families. Read more


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