UNODC implements several capacity-building activities on counter-terrorism

30-06-2021

During June 2021, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime’s Terrorism Prevention Branch in the Regional Office for West and Central Africa (UNODC ROSEN) organised three separate activities funded by the Federal Republic of Germany under the Global Counter-Terrorism Forum West Africa Working Group (GCTF-WAWG).

On 2 and 3 June, UNODC brought together 28 representatives of national entities in Lomé to participate in a workshop on the "strengthening Investigative Capacity on the Use of the Internet for Terrorist Purposes", organised in collaboration with the government of the Republic of Togo. The workshop specifically provided technical assistance to national law enforcement representatives in conducting online investigations and using the Internet to counter terrorism. As expressed by the UNODC Regional Director for West and Central Africa, Dr. Amado Philip de Andrés, "The Internet has recently become a key tool for terrorist organisations, so it is essential that States have effective means to counter this threat".

Subsequently, UNODC implemented in Saly, Senegal, from 22 to 24 June 2021 a national training workshop on "intelligence sharing and judicialization in terrorism prevention". In total, 29 representatives from key entities responsible for the prevention and countering of terrorism contributed to the activity. Discussions focused mainly on inter-institutional cooperation between law enforcement agencies, intelligence services and judicial actors, the sharing of intelligence to ensure its judicialization, in particular in the light of pending investigations of terrorism cases, the need to review Senegal's national legal framework on counter-terrorism, and the use of special investigative techniques in counter terrorism.

Finally, on 30 June and 1 July, a national consultative meeting on the criminal justice response to terrorism was held in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. The purpose of the meeting was to initiate discussions with 31 national representatives on ways in which UNODC could support Côte d'Ivoire in preventing and countering terrorism. The main topics discussed included foreign terrorist fighters, border security, the use of the Internet for terrorist purposes, the importance of digital evidence in terrorist investigations, the use of special techniques in terrorist cases, as well as the links between terrorism and transnational organized crime. 

These three activities have served to identify several good practices in the designated States. 

Capacity-building workshop in Togo                Workshop in Senegal                     Consultative meeting in Côte d'Ivoire