2023

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27 January 2023
OCWAR-T Enhances International Cooperation through Peer Exchanges and Capacity Building of Law Enforcement Officers on the Handling of Dangerous Substances
 

In a bid to enhance international cooperation and build the capacity of law enforcement in the fight against illicit drug manufacture and trafficking, the Organized Crime: West African Response to Trafficking project facilitated a Peer Exchange between law enforcement agencies ....more

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20 January 2023
First Public Auction of the Asset Recovery office of Senegal
 

The Asset Recovery office “Office Nationale de Recouvrement des Avoirs Criminels is Organizing its first public auction of assets seized and confiscated in the context of criminal proceedings...more

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12 January 2023
Raising standards in Ghanaian Prisons: UNODC and US Embassy donate 500 mattresses to facilities across the country
 

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime serves as the custodian of the Nelson Mandela Rules and other international standards and norms in the field of prison reform and is helping Member States to put the Rules into practice on national level..more

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21 December 2022
Launch of the project "Trust Building" Strengthening trust between the population - Security and Defence Forces - Actors of the penal chain in Chad
 

UNODC Launched the project "Trust Building" Strengthening trust between the populations - Security and Defense Forces - Actors of the criminal chain....more

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10-12 November 2022
OPERATION OPEN ROADS III : Strengthening the partnership to fight illegal trafficiking and organised crime
 

Porous borders, unstable governments, and limited reach of law enforcement services contribute to lower security levels, especially in West Africa... read more

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18 December 2022
The AIRCOP/GPCAE Training Programme: An example of a rapid and effective response to combat Trafficking in Gold and Precious metals
 

Airport law enforcement authorities in Central Africa made seizures of gold and other precious metals shortly after receiving UNODC training on the subject..more

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13 December 2022
Training of trainers and pilot units on classification and evaluation of detainees in prisons
 

The number of people arrested and detained for offenses related to terrorism and violent extremism is constantly increasing...more

 
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7-8 December 2022
Rapid Reference Guides: collaboratively created tools to combat wildlife and forest crimes
 

UNODC has been working collaboratively with national authorities across Central Africa to develop a series of tailor-made Rapid Reference Guides (RRGs) for investigators and prosecutors of wildlife and forest crime...more

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7-8 December 2022
How to Combat Cyber Organized Crime in West Africa?
 

To respond effectively to cyber organized crime in West Africa, policymakers, criminal justice practitioners and other stakeholders need an in-depth understanding of the topic to make informed decisions and to better address the security threats deriving from cyber organized crime...more

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27-30 September 2022
Training of law enforcement and justice actors on special investigative technique to counter terrorism

The Terrorism Prevention Branch of the UNODC in West and Central Africa Organised a training workshop on the use of special investigative techniques for intelligence gathering and their judicialization in countering terroris..more

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23 November 2022
Fast-tracking the implementation of UNCAC in West and Sahel Africa

Around the world, corruption continues to pose a significant obstacle to achieving peace, security, sustainable development and human rights..more

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17 November 2022
OCWAR-T Strengthens International Cooperation Between Côte d'Ivoire and Nigeria to Tackle Illicit drug trafficking

To enhance international cooperation between Côte d’Ivoire and Nigeria in the fight against illicit drug manufacture and trafficking, OCWAR–T conducted a simulation exercise for law enforcement officers. ..more

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14-25 November 2022
OCWAR-T supports Joint Criminal Intelligence Collection and Coordination Mechanism in The Gambia

In line with the governmental demand and in support of the creation of a joint mechanism for criminal intelligence collection and coordination in the country, UNODC engaged with senior representatives of the Ministry of Justice ..more

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18 November 2022
Communication Campaign to encourage girls and women in the Sahel to join security, defense, and justice institutions

How do we address the challenges of self-censorship among women and girls wishing to pursue careers in security and justice in the Sahel...more

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15-17 November 2022
UNODC supports Youth inclusion in responses to Violent Extremism in West Africa
 

The security situation in West Africa continues to deteriorate as terrorism is spreading across the region.The Sahel is identified as home to the world’s fastest growing and most-deadly terrorist groups...more

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1-5 August 2022
UNODC Organized a study visit and a bilateral mock trial to strengthen trans-regional cooperation on human trafficking issues

UNODC Organized a study visit and a bilateral mock trial in order to strengthen trans-regional cooperation on human trafficking issues...more

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03 October 2022
The Global Programme on Cybercrime launches the #ClickToProtect campaign in Africa

The UNODC Global Programme on Cybercrime launches the #ClickToProtect campaign, an online campaign that aims to raise awareness about internet safety in Africa, particularly among parents and children...more

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31 March 2021
UNODC Expertise Supports Senegal to Prevent and Investigate Human Trafficking Cases

“The slave trade may have officially ended around 200 years ago, but we are still faced with situations of human exploitation, often in slave-like conditions, in all regions of the world,”.. read more

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19-20 September 2022
OCWAR-T supports the capacity building of Ivorian Law Enforcement Officers to Combat Transnational Organized Crime

Organized Crime: West African Response to trafficking (OCWAR–T) is a project to support ECOWAS and its Member States in reducing Transnational Organized Crime (TOC)..more

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19-23 September 2022
Specialized Training of law enforcement officers to enhance their capacity to detect and investigate cases of illicit trafficking and Organized Crime at border post areas

UNODC Regional Director for West and Central Africa, stated: "This year's World Drug Report confirms that West and Central Africa is severely affected by the drug problem..more

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13-15 September 2022
Volunteer retreat: First meeting of Sahel Volunteers in Dakar
UNODC and the UN Volunteers Regional Office for West and Central Africa co-organized the first retreat of UNODC volunteers working in the Sahel countries.. more
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28-29 July 2022
Awareness-raising event on ethics and integrity for the National Gendarmerie Academy

"Corruption within the law enforcement and the consequent undermining of the rule of law weaken the already tenuous confidence many citizens of the Sahel region have in their governments.”..more

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27 June 2022
UNODC commemorates the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking and launch the World Drug Report 2022 in Abidjan

The UNODC Regional Office for West and Central Africa celebrated the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking in Abidjan, with a focus on Addressing drug challenges in health and humanitarian crises..more

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22 July 2022
Making female provosts candidates flourish into a "village of capable women" in Mali

In the pools of provosts - both at regional level with the G5 Sahel and at national level in Mali and in Niger - female gendarmes represented 0%. Obstacles to potential female gendarmes aspiring to become provost in the field of operations..more

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3-7 October 2022
Prevention of violent extremism in West African prisons: Development of a regional classification and assessment tool for detainees

The French-speaking coastal states of West Africa, notably Togo and Benin, experienced several security incidents in the course of 2022, which highlighted the spread of the violent extremism crisis to new areas previously spared..more

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8 March 2022
Painting the silence: stories about disability and trafficking
Painting the silence: Stories about Disability and Trafficking" were organized by the UNODC Regional Office for West and Central Africa, the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Regional Office for West Africa and the association Handicap.sn. .. more
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19 September 2022
Regional preparatory meeting of ECCAS Member States for 2022 COPs (climate, biodiversity and CITES) in partnership with the UNODC Global Programme on Crimes that affect the Environment

Extraordinary Preparatory Meeting of Central African Ministers for the various 2022 Conferences of the Parties (COPs) (climate, biodiversity and CITES) on crimes that affect the environment..more

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18 November 2022
Workshop to review the draft ECOWAS legal framework against transnational organized crime

According to the UNODC World Drug Report 2021 by 2030, demographic factors project the number of people using drugs to rise by 11 per cent around the world, and as much as 40 per cent in Africa alone, West and Central Africa...more

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13-15 September 2022
Volunteer retreat: First meeting of Sahel Volunteers in Dakar
UNODC and the UN Volunteers Regional Office for West and Central Africa co-organized the first retreat of UNODC volunteers working in the Sahel countries.. more
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29 June 2022
Corruption risk assessment within the Malian penitentiary system

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime is supporting Mali in conducting a corruption risk assessment within its penitentiary sector...more

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18 January 2022
The Mourchidates, the Mauritanian Women religious guides responsible for deconstructing radical discourse and preventing violent Extremism

In response to the terrorist attacks that struck the country between 2005 and 2011, Mauritania has implemented a comprehensive approach that includes, among other things, the mobilization of religious leaders to fight radical ideology and promote moderate Islamic practice..more