UNODC’s counter-terrorism support has targeted officials working in Northern Mozambique, the area most affected by terrorism, and has worked to build their knowledge and skills on investigation, prosecution and adjudication of terrorism offenses as well as on the importance of strengthening inter-agency cooperation.
UNODC handed over the specialized forensic equipment in a ceremony at SERNIC premises on 2 March 2021. At the event, Mr. Cesar Guedes, UNODC Representative in Mozambique, highlighted the good cooperation and collaboration between UNODC and SERNIC in the prevention and fight against terrorism, noting “UNODC is pleased to be able to continue to support Mozambican investigators in providing the equipment and skills you need to do your jobs effectively, given the key role you play in Mozambique’s response to terrorism. We look forward to continuing this cooperation in the year ahead”.
Dr. Fernando Francisco, SERNIC Deputy Director general, affirmed “I am pleased with the strengthened partnership between UNODC and SERNIC. Certainly, the establishment of the new UNODC office in Maputo and the approval of the Maputo Roadmap enhance our cooperation, bringing in important technical capacities to support SERNIC on various fronts”.
The equipment was provided through a project supported by the United Nations Peace and Development Fund, with funding from the People’s Republic of China, to support Southern Africa Development Countries to build their criminal justice responses to counter terrorism and violent extremism.