UNODC supports Côte d’Ivoire, Togo and Ghana in assessing and building their capabilities to prevent and respond to the terrorist threat

In response to the growing terrorist threat, the Terrorism Prevention Branch of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Regional Office for West and Central Africa Organized three separate activities funded by the Federal Republic of Germany under the Global Counter-Terrorism Forum West Africa Working Group (GCTF-WAWG).

From 9th to 11th November, UNODC held a national workshop in Lomé, Togo, to address international and inter-agency cooperation in the context of preventing and countering terrorism. In this respect, Dr. Amado Philip de Andrés, UNODC Regional Director for West and Central Africa, stated: "Cooperation at all levels, National, Regional, and international, is the glue for a strong global terrorism prevention structure. Without this supporting wall, the structure collapses”. As such, the workshop brought together 25 representatives from key national entities that are involved in preventing and countering terrorism.

As incidents involving improvised explosive devices (IEDs) are increasing in Côte d’Ivoire, UNODC also organized a training and evaluation workshop on “preventing, detecting and countering illicit acquisition, trafficking and use of improvised explosive devices by terrorist groups, in Abidjan, from 16th to 18th November. UNODC is proud to have collaborated with the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) to deploy its Self-Assessment Tool of national counter-IED measures. The objective was to assist Côte d’Ivoire in assessing its national preparedness and the maturity of its current counter-IED capabilities. Participants welcomed the thematic of this workshop. They also expressed their appreciation for the assistance provided, their wish to see it extended, and their interest in participating in further practical training on this topic in the future.

In Ghana UNODC Organized a five-day advanced level training on digital information and electronic evidence in the investigation of terrorism cases. The training brought together Ghana’s Criminal Investigation Department and the National Intelligence Bureau. This advanced-level training was organized to further deepen the participants’ knowledge and skills in conducting online investigations in terrorism-related case.