UNODC strengthens criminal justice chain actors in the Liptako-Gourma region


From September to December 2018, UNODC organised a series of trainings for key actors of the criminal justice chain in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger to stem the criminal phenomena associated with trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants. Thus, a total of 170 people from both the Police, the Gendarmerie and the Judiciary of their respective countries were trained to better combat this crime. Read more

UNODC supports the development of a new draft law in Ghana

From 12 to 14 December 2018, UNODC led a legislative workshop during which a specific working group brought together from various national institutions was able to establish a first draft of a new law on smuggling of migrants. This result is a milestone towards enhancing Ghana's legal framework and thus its response to crimes related to smuggling of migrants. The outcome of the draft law is expected to reverse this criminal phenomenon.  Read more

Ghana established a Roadmap to implement the Convention against corruption

A national workshop was held in Accra, Ghana, from 4 to 5 of December 2018, hosted by the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), with support from the United National Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The meeting brought together over 20 key national partners (including 8 women) to develop a roadmap for the implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC). Read more 

Operation OPEN ROADS against cross-border crime gives satisfactory results

From 30 November to 4 December 2018, over 300 officers from 15 law enforcement agencies took part in the operation covering ten land border posts between Gambia, Guinea-Bissau and Senegal. On 18 December, law enforcement authorities from these three countries met in Dakar to discuss and evaluate the results and lessons learned from that Operation "Open Roads." Read more

Drug seizure in Mauritania following UNODC assistance 

Following a search of a private residence in Nouakchott in November 2018, Mauritanian police officers of the counternarcotic office seized 100kg of cannabis and 2200 tablets of illicitly trafficked medication (Rivotril). This seizure is a result of a UNODC training workshop  on drug identification and detection organized last September in Nouakchott. Read more 

UNODC supports Senegal in the development of a drug information system

From 27 to 30 November 2018, UNODC organized a training workshop on the treatment demand indicator (TDI) which is a key epidemiological indicator which gathers objective, reliable and comparable information concerning drugs, drug addiction and their consequences from people entering drug treatment services each year. The TDI is the first pillar in the development of a national drug information system in Senegal. Read more 

UNODC launched its Midterm Report of the Regional Programme for West Africa

The Midterm Report of the UNODC Regional Programme for West Africa was officially launched during the regional Steering Committee meeting on 27 November 2018 in Dakar, Senegal. The Report showcases the results achieved by the governments of the West African region, with the support of UNODC, regarding their fight against illicit trafficking, transnational organized crime, corruption, terrorism and drug demand reduction. Read more

UNODC held the Second Steering Committee meeting of the Regional Programme

The UNODC Regional Programme for West Africa (2016-2020) reached halfway since its validation in May 2016. Thus the Second Steering Committee meeting was organized in Dakar, from 27 to 28 November 2018. The aim of this meeting was to present the main results achieved during the first period of implementation as well as to discuss the challenges faced towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in the region. Read more

G5 Sahel and partners discuss the needs of the Joint Force police component

On 26 November 2018, the G5 Sahel and its technical and financial partners met in Niamey, Niger for a high-level conference on coordinating assistance to the Police Component of the G5 Sahel Joint Force. During the conference, each of the G5 Sahel member state delegations presented their needs focusing on those most important for the implementation of the police component in their respective countries. Read more

UNODC raises awareness on child protection with actors of regional committees in Niger 

UNODC led two workshops from 14-15 November 2018 in Dosso and 19-20 November 2018 in Zinder in order to sensitize regional protection actors and help build their capacity to develop an effective response to the issue of child protection and the respect of their rights at the regional level. The implementation of these activities is the embodiment of UNODC's willingness to come to terms with abuses against children in the region.  Read more

Launch of a new law enforcement unit in Tamale, Ghana

To build the capacity of law enforcement agencies in Ghana in their fight against drug trafficking and related organized crime, UNODC refurbished and equipped a new Drug Law Enforcement Unit (DLEU) in the North, which was officially launched on 14th November 2018 in Tamale. This new DLEU will help officers in the region, investigate and prosecute drug trafficking offences. It is the second DLEU established in the country this year. Read more

Some 100 officers of the G5 Sahel police component trained in Chad

UNODC organized from 6 to 8 November 2018 in N'Djamena a national training activity on the police component and its role in the national, regional and international security system. During this training activity, some 100 participants benefited from an awareness-raising session on the police component of the Joint Force that ensures judicialization of military operations and strengthen respect for human rights.  Read more

Commitment of the G5 Sahel on the police component of the Joint Force

Since December 2017, the G5 Sahel and its Permanent Secretariat have been stepping up initiatives to operationalize, as soon as possible, the police component of the G5 Sahel Joint Force. The main role of this police component is to ensure the judicialization of Joint Force operations and to ensure the effectiveness of the criminal justice chain in each of the G5 Sahel countries. Read more

Extension of the UNODC Sahel Programme to 2023

The UNODC Sahel Programme, developed in 2014 as UNODC's contribution to the UN Regional Integrated Strategy for the Sahel launched by UN Secretary-General in June 2013, has now been extended to 2023. The extension of the Sahel Programme will notably enable UNODC to strengthen its historic partnership with the G5 Sahel, regarding its Security Cooperation Platform and the police component of its Joint Force. Read more

UNODC supports Chad in ratifying the UN Convention against Corruption

Chad has ratified the UN Convention against Corruption, notably thanks to the advocacy work carried out by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), which assists Member States in ratifying and implementing the Convention. UNODC facilitates the mechanism for reviewing the implementation of the UNCAC and supports countries in strengthening their legislative framework in accordance with the Convention. Read more

UNODC supports Liberia in the fight against smuggling of migrants through legislative consultation

In the framework of UNODC's continued support to the Government of Liberia, UNODC held a consultation workshop in Monrovia from 13 to 15 November which aimed to provide updated legislative and technical support to Liberian institutions directly related with smuggling of migrants. The workshop also enabled the creation of a national drafting committee dedicated to the elaboration of a new updated law on smuggling of migrants. Read more

UNODC trains members of the criminal justice chain on Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants in Mali

A training workshop for magistrates was organized from 30 October to 2 November in Sikasso Mali. The training brought together a total of 25 magistrates and prosecutors from all regions of the country. The training aimed to strengthen the capacity of the judicial forces in Mali and provide them with updated tools to develop strong law enforcement expertise on human trafficking and smuggling of migrants. Read more

UNODC supports meeting of specialized Magistrates on Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants in Agadez

From 25 to 27 October 2018, a training and awareness-raising workshop was organized on the national legislative framework relating to trafficking in persons and the smuggling of migrants, aimed at Judicial Magistrates, specialized chambers in the fight against terrorism and transnational organized crime, appeal courts and high courts of Agadez. The training brought together the Governor of Agadez as well as 21 key members of the Judicial in Niger. Read more

Train-the-trainer workshop on children associated with violent and extremist groups in Niger

UNODC organized a train-the-trainer workshop in Niamey, Niger, between 8 and 19 October 2018, focusing on the treatment of children victims of violence, trafficking and recruitment by violent and extremist groups, and on the application of alternatives to prosecution and imprisonment for children in conflict with the law. The workshop was attended by 12 Nigerien magistrates (prosecutors, juvenile judges and investigative judges) from across the country. Read more

Burkina Faso's security forces are committed to fighting corruption

UNODC assisted Burkina Faso in promoting integrity among its security forces, and in the development of anti-corruption strategies for the police, gendarmerie, and customs. Following their adoption, the final strategies were shared with relevant authorities of Burkina Faso and received strong interest and official commitment from Burkinabe institutions, who have emphasized their dedicated support towards implementing them. Read more

West African States discuss cooperation and targeting fisheries crime

Between 9 and 11 October 2018, representatives from West African States came together in Lomé, Togo for a regional meeting targeting fisheries crime in the containerised trade supply chain. The principal objective was to strengthen cooperation and enhance knowledge regarding fisheries crime, furthering progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals, specifically Goal 14, Life Below Water and Goal 16, Peace Justice and Strong Institutions. Read more

UNODC and OHCHR welcome the 2nd annual PROMIS Steering Committee in Dakar

In the framework of the PROMIS Project, UNODC and OHCHR welcomed a delegation from the Netherlands for the second PROMIS Steering Committee meeting, on 10 october 2018. This meeting was the opportunity to discuss the continued relevance of the PROMIS project, given the challenging region and its fast paced migration flows, as well as to present the project's achievements during the first semester and approve the strategy for the second semester.  Read more

UNODC raises awareness among community leaders on TiP/SOM in Mali

From 2 to 4 October 2018, in the framework of the UNODC GLO.ACT program, a training and awareness workshop for community leaders was organized in Bamako, Mali. Traditional leaders play a key role in communities, particularly through their involvement in resolving disputes through traditional courts and as the victims' (or the victim's family's) first interlocutors. Read more

National Day of Mobilization Against Trafficking in Persons in Niger

Nigerien authorities have made the fight against trafficking in persons a government priority and have set up a National Day of Mobilization Against Trafficking in Persons, which is celebrated each year on 28 September. This year marked the fourth edition of this day and had as its central theme: "Trafficking in children through begging, prostitution and forced labor". This year, all participants met in Maradi, near Niger's Southern border.  Read more

8th annual meeting of the Sahel Judiciary Cooperation Platform

 From 25 to 27 September 2018, UNODC's Terrorism Prevention Team organized in Dakar the eighth annual meeting of the focal points of the Sahel Judicial Cooperation Platform (the Sahel Platform) to identify challenges and exchange best practices on current cooperation cases. The annual meeting was attended by 20 participants, including the Sahel Platform Focal Points and Substitutes, representatives of the G5 Sahel and INTERPOL as well as UNODC experts.  Read more

  UNODC supports the Anti-Drug MOU between The Gambia and Senegal

UNODC supported the Directorate of the Central Office for the Suppression of Drug Trafficking (OCRTIS) of Senegal and the Drug Law Enforcement Agency (DLEAG) of the Gambia in their efforts to achieve more dynamic cooperation. The MOU was signed by the directors of the two agencies on 4 October 2018 at the premises of the Ministry of Interior in Dakar. Read more 

Mauritania seizes drugs after receiving UNODC assistance on countering drugs

On Monday 1 st October 2018, the Central Office for the Fight Against Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances of the Mauritanian police seized 3.5 kilograms of cannabis resin, following a training activity organized by UNODC on countering international drug trafficking. The workshop on drugs identification and detection was conducted from 24 to 28 September 2018, and gathered 22 participants.  Read more 

UNODC launches the PROMIS project in The Gambia

UNODC, jointly with the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, developed the PROMIS project, which aims at strengthening the capacities of West African countries to develop an innovative human-rights based approach to smuggling of migrants and to address human rights violations related to irregular migration. Between 18 and 28 September 2018, a UNODC delegation traveled to the Gambia to launch the project.  Read more

UNODC strengthens investigation and detection capacities in The Gambia

Given the continued threat posed by illicit drug trafficking and organized crime to the security and development of The Gambia and the unique challenges that law enforcement officers face on a daily basis, UNODC organized a train-the-trainer workshop from 10 to 21 September 2018. The workshop aimed to ensure that they are continuously equipped with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required to perform their duties. Read more

UNODC supports a school-based drug abuse prevention tool in Côte d'Ivoire

A UNODC assessment survey reported early drug use in schools in Côte d'Ivoire. UNODC, in collaboration with the Ministry of National Education, organized a workshop for the launching of UNPLUGGED, a school-based drug abuse prevention tool, from 11-13 September 2018 in Abidjan. Côte d'Ivoire is the first French-speaking country to host the programme.   Read more

21 August: International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism

On 21 August, the United Nations observe the International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism. This day is meant to pay tribute to the individuals across the globe who have been attacked, injured, traumatized or lost their lives because of terrorist attacks. In the Sahel Region, supporting the needs of victims is becoming an issue which the national authorities are aware of. Read more

G5 Sahel: Chad signs a decree operationalizing the police component of the Joint Force 

During the joint mission organized in Chad on 15 and 16 August 2018, the Deputy Director of Chad's Police presented a decree establishing the Specialized Investigation Unit of the police component of the G5 Sahel Joint Force This document is an excellent concrete step towards the operationalization of the police component, whose objective is to ensure the judicialization of all Joint Force's operations.  Read more

UNODC organizes workshop to address Tramadol crisis in West Africa


Non-medical use and trafficking of tramadol is becoming the main drug threat in West Africa. One sign of this is the rise in seizures of pharmaceutical opioids on the continent. To find ways to address "The Crisis of Tramadol and Other Prescription Medicines in West Africa", UNODC organized a workshop in Abuja, Nigeria from 14-16 August 2018.  Read more


UNODC supports the deployment of a Nigerian Prosecutor in Italy 

Since February 2018, UNODC has been supporting the deployment of a Nigerian prosecutor in Italy, as liaison magistrate for the Nigerian Central Authority embedded in prosecution offices. She is facilitating information sharing among competent authorities and, above all, facilitating mutual legal assistance between Italy and Nigeria on smuggling of migrants and, incidentally, trafficking in persons.   Read more

G5 Sahel - UNODC partnership: a rich track record for the first half of 2018

A strong and multidimensional partnership was developed between UNODC and the G5 Sahel to assist its five member states (Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger) in the implementation of their security-related priorities, according to their own needs. During the first semester of 2018, at the request of Member States, UNODC continued and expanded its assistance to the G5 Sahel.  Read more

30 July : UNODC campaigns against trafficking in persons

On 30 July, the UNODC Regional Office for West and Central Africa celebrated the International Day Against Human Trafficking by joining the "Blue Heart" campaign and organizing different activities in Cabo Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Niger and Senegal. In Senegal, A national campaign on social media reached out to almost 100 000 "followers" and raised awareness on children in the streets of Dakar. Read more

UNODC promotes the fight against transnational organized crime in Senegal

As part of the "  Project to strengthen national capacity for the detection and investigation of cross-border crime between The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau and Senegal " UNODC conducted a national training workshop on detection and profiling techniques against transnational organized crime from 16 to 27 July 2018. This project represents a unique opportunity to promote sub-regional cooperation.  Read more

UNODC strengthens Nigerien diplomatic and consular staff training on trafficking in persons

UNODC, jointly with ANLTP / TIM, organized a training workshop for diplomats and consular officials to make them aware of their crucial role in the fight against trafficking in persons that can help them strengthen their actions in this area. This activity took place in Niamey from 24 to 26 of July 2018 and brought together 20 participants from Nigerien diplomatic and consular representations abroad. Read more

UNODC supports the efforts of Cabo Verde to combat human trafficking

In the framework of the Global Programme against Trafficking in Persons , UNODC supported the Government of Cabo Verde to strengthen the criminal justice response to trafficking in persons through a holistic approach. Therefore, UNODC held a series of two training workshops against Trafficking in Persons for a multidisciplinary group of practitioners, in Praia, to strengthen the national capacity to counter this crime. Read more

UNODC challenges prosecutors to solve a fictitious organized crime and corruption case

CRIMJUST, the WACAP Network and the UNODC Project in Nigeria held a two-day practical exercise on strengthening integrity and strategy in investigation and prosecution of complex cases, from 19 to 20 July 2018, in Lagos, Nigeria. The aim was to to strengthen their investigation management skills. This workshop followed a workshop on the fight against drug trafficking and organized crime, between 16 and 18 July 2018. Read more

UNODC and the Nigerian Drugs Project together to combat drug trafficking

CRIMJUST, the WACAP Network and the UNODC Project in Nigeria organized a joint three-day workshop in Lagos, Nigeria, between 16 and 18 July 2018. The workshop's aim was for 30 Ghanaian, Liberian and Nigerian criminal justice practitioners, including 5 women, to discuss and share good practices, to increase the efficiency of investigations and prosecutions on complex drug trafficking and organized crime cases. Read more

UNODC launches criminal intelligence analysis training in The Gambia

Despite the political transition in the Gambia, drug trafficking, illicit trafficking and organized crime continue to threaten the security, rule of law and development of the country. To help strengthen the capacity of law enforcement agencies in their fight against drug trafficking and related organized crime, UNODC organized a two-week Criminal Intelligence Analysis Training Course, from 9 to 20 July in Banjul. Read more

UNODC supports the establisment of a new Law Enforcement Unit in Ghana

In July 2018, UNODC refurbished and equipped a new Drug Law Enforcement Unit (DLEU) located in Koforidua, 55 km North of Accra, in the Eastern region. This new Unit was officially launched on 19 July to support the strengthening of the capacity of law enforcement agencies in this region in Ghana in order to fight against drug trafficking and related organized crime. Read more

UNODC and the G5 Sahel strengthen their partnership 

In order to strengthen their partnership, UNODC and the G5 Sahel jointly organized, on 18 July 2018, a coordination meeting at the G5 Sahel headquarters in Nouakchott. The meeting was concluded with the validation of a road map, updating the assistance provided by UNODC to G5 Sahel, notably in terms of assistance to the PCMS and the police component of the Joint Force.  Read more

UNODC supports the Sahelian prisons to prevent radicalization

The Nelson Mandela International Day on 18 July is the occasion to highlight how UNODC is supporting Sahelian countries in their efforts to prevent radicalization in prison. UNODC undertook a security audit in selected prisons in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger and organized a regional workshop to develop a risk assessment tool and several sub-regional training sessions.  Read more


UNODC trains police officers against organized crime in Mauritania and in Chad

For several months UNODC has been organizing two-weeks long training sessions on criminal intelligence and joint investigations in each Sahelian countries. After Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger, UNODC has replicated and adapted this training session in Mauritania and Chad, respectively from 18 to 29 June and from 2 to 13 July 2018. Over 40 participants in total, including 18 women, participated in the training workshops.  Read more

UNODC and Japan donate two patrol boats to Ghana

UNODC recognizes that maritime crime poses a serious threat to the safety of seafarers, international trade and regional stability. In this context, on 13 July 2018, UNODC, in partnership with the Japanese Government, donated two alligator patrol boats to the Ghana Marine Police during a ceremony in Tema, to enhance their operations in combating maritime crime. Read more

UNODC organized a mock trial on a piracy case in Nigeria

In 2018, piracy has intensified in the Gulf of Guinea. The UNODC's experience in maritime capacity building and regional coordination, plus the lessons learned from the East Africa piracy experience makes the  Global Maritime Crime Programme (GMCP) uniquely placed to assist States to face the challenges in the Gulf of Guinea. In Nigeria, the Programme organized a piracy case mock trial between the 27 and the 30 June 2018.  Read more

UNODC supports Mali in fighting trafficking in persons

UNODC supported a workshop to finalize and validate the new National Action Plan to Combat Trafficking in Persons (2018-2022) in Sikasso, Mali, from 25 to 29 June 2018. After the validation of the National Action Plan, the National Coordinating Committee to Combat Trafficking in Persons and Assimilated Practices decided to create an autonomous agency to combat trafficking in persons. Read more

UNODC supports the adoption of new training manuals for magistrates schools

UNODC organized a regional workshop in June 2018 in Mali with the aim to elaborate the training manuals on trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants for magistrates schools in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger. During the workshop, two different projects of manual were submitted to the participants for validation.This initiatice is considered as one of the most durable solutions to interfere and obstruct the operating methods of criminal networks. Read more

UNODC marks 2018 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Drug Trafficking

The International Day against Drug Abuse and Trafficking is a major event on UNODC's annual calendar. In West and Central Africa, many events took place on June 26th to celebrate this date and raise awareness through the  "Listen First" campaign.  In Dakar, World Drug Day was also the occasion for UNODC to launch its annual Drug Report, a research tool that monitors global trends and the latest developments regarding drug trafficking. Read more

International conference against smuggling of migrants in Niger

In June 2018, UNODC participated to a regional conference organized by the Governement of Niger, that brought together the general directors and senior commanders of security forces in charge of fighting against smuggling of migrants and trafficking in persons. This high-level meeting was part of the implementation of the Joint Declaration of 16 March 2018 adopted during another conference in Niger. Read more

2,5 tons of cannabis seized thanks to AIRCOP Niamey

The Joint Airport Interdiction Task Force (JAITF), established in Niger as part of the AIRCOP project, was instrumental in the seizure of almost 2,5 tons of cannabis in a suburb of Niamey, Niger, on 13 June 2018. The JAITF at Niamey Diori Hamani International Airport was established in 2014 and this is, to date, the largest single AIRCOP seizure since the beginning of the project in 2010. Read more

G5 Sahel: UNODC strengthens capacities of specialized police services in Niger

UNODC organized a training workshop from 28 May to 8 June 2018 in Niamey, Niger for 20 participants (including 4 women) from different law enforcmeent agencies specialized in the fight against terrorism and transnational organized crime. This training, that took place under the framework of the UNODC support to the G5 Sahel, focused on investigation techniques, including monitoring and shadowing.  Read more

UNODC revives its activities against trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants in Côte d'Ivoire

A UNODC delegation traveled to Abidjan from 28 May to 1 June 2018 to revive its action in the territory and meet with key partners. The aim of the mission was to launch two new projects: one focusing on the fight against trafficking in persons, funded by the United States Department of State, and the other one on combating smuggling of migrants and promoting access to human rights for migrants, funded by the Netherlands and Italy. Read more

UNODC and South Korea collaborate to stenghten criminal justice and prison reform in the Gambia

On May 31, 2018, UNODC and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) signed a grant arrangement to "Support criminal justice and prison reform process in The Gambia and strengthen law enforcement and judicial mechanisms for the prevention of serious crimes and money laundering". This project  will further assist The Gambia in continuing its historical democratic transition.  Read more

UNODC raised awareness on child begging in Dakar

UNODC organized a capacity-building workshop for municipal actors of Dakar  to improve participants' understanding of human trafficking and forced begging, as well as related national and international legal frameworks. This project also contributes to the implementation of the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) on combating abuse, exploitation and trafficking, and all forms of violence and torture against children. Read more

Training workshop on drug detection kits in Segou, Mali

In the framework of its Sahel Programme, UNODC organized a training workshop for police officers in Ségou, Mali, from 21 to 25 May 2018. The aim was to to train law enforcement officers in the rapid detection of drugs and related substances by using a detection kit provided by UNODC, and to familiarize them with trafficking in counterfeit medicines, and in medicines diverted from their therapeutic uses. Read more

UNODC supports launch of anti-corruption platform in West Africa

UNODC is supporting the Cell Norbert Zongo for Investigative Journalism in West Africa (CENOZO) since 2014. In May 2018, the CENOZO launched its online platform for the first time. Based in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, the CENOZO is a network of more than 50 investigative journalists from the region. Investigative journalism is key to report anti-corruption practices. Read more

UNODC participated to the International Conference for the Gambia

Mr Pierre Lapaque, UNODC Regional Representative for West and Central Africa, attended the International Conference for The Gambia, which took place on 22 May 2018 in Brussels. The conference focused on expressing and confirming support to The Gambia in its historical and pivotal democratic transition, which calls for reforms of various sectors of the state's institutions. Read more

Mauritania: UNODC supports judicial actors in strengthening legal responses to terrorism

UNODC, in close collaboration with the Mauritanian Ministry of Justice and thanks to the financial support of the United States, organized a training workshop in Nouakchott from 8 to 10 May 2018, on how to build and consolidate terrorism-related cases for 20 criminal justice professionals. This workshop was followed by a reflection on how to simplify Mauritanian international cooperation channels. Read more

UNODC supports legal reform related to TiP and SoM in Mali

In May 2018, UNODC organized a consultation workshop gathering the Ministry of Justice, the National Coordinating Committee to Combat Trafficking in Persons and Related Practices, the Legal Drafting Committee and EUCAP Sahel in Bamako. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the legislative analysis and to make recommendations on how to strengthen the legal framework on trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants. Read more

UNODC supports Mali in the fight against TiP and SoM

Under the framework of the UNODC Regional Strategy to Combat Trafficking in Human Beings and Smuggling of Migrants (2015-2020), UNODC organized a tutoring workshop on combating trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants for Malian judicial police officers serving in strategic operational units (borders, mining areas, specialized brigades) from 8 to 11 May 2018 at the National Police School in Bamako, Mali.  Read more

Taking action where we can to stop cybercrime

Mr Yury Fedotov, UNODC Executive Director, sounds the alarm about the international threat posed by cybercrime in an opinion editorial. In West Africa, UNODC experts conducted a first assessment in September 2017, revealing that the region was very vulnerable to it. UNODC calls on countries in the region to further cooperate and share information to better fight cybercrime. Read more

UNODC trains investigators of the upcoming specialized police service in Burkina Faso

UNODC organized a training activity in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, from 16 April to 27 April 2018 for investigators from various departments of the Police and Gendarmerie. The workshop brought together 15 judicial police officers designated to integrate the upcoming specialized counter-terrorism service. Read more

First multi-stakeholder training workshop on trafficking in persons in Togo

UNODC is supporting Togo in its efforts to strengthen its national response to trafficking in persons and to improve the situation of thousands of victims, including women and children, in the country.  In partnership with the International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX), UNODC organized a series of two training sessions on trafficking in persons and on the new penal code of 2015, between 17 and 26 April 2018. Read more

UNODC strengthens efforts to detect and investigate transnational organized crime in Guinea-Bissau

UNODC organized a two-week training course, from 16 to 27 April, in Bissau, on the detection and interdiction of cross-border crime. This workshop took place under a project aiming at enhancing national capacities to detect and investigate cross-border organized crime in The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau and Senegal, fully funded by the Government of Germany. Read more

Symposium on the responsibility of judges in protecting victims of trafficking and smuggled migrants

The Magistrates Union of Senegal (UMS), in partnership with the National Unit to Combat Trafficking in Persons and UNODC organized a conference from 17 to 19 April in Dakar, Senegal. The conference aimed at strengthening reflection and dialogue on the responsibility of judges in protecting victims of trafficking and smuggled migrants in Senegal. Read more

UNODC strengthens regional cooperation in the fight against the smuggling of migrants

UNODC organized a subregional workshop in Niamey, from 16 to 18 April 2018, to strengthen the fight against smuggling of migrants in Mali, Morocco and Niger, three countries particularly affected by this phenomenon. Each delegation presented the progress and challenges in establishing and strengthening national structures to combat the smuggling of migrants. Read more

UNODC trains and assists specialized police services in Mali

Following criminal intelligence training conducted in the five G5 Sahel member countries in 2017, UNODC organized the first training session  in Bamako, Mali, from 3 April to 13 April 2018 for the Specialized Investigations Brigade (in French "Brigade des Investigations Spécialisées" - BIS) and the Central Office of Narcotics ("Office Central des Stupéfiants" - OCS). OCS officials have pointed to the presence of amphetamine in tablets purchased on the market. Read more

Supporting of the Police Component of the G5 Sahel Joint Force

Niger, that holds the rotating presidency of the G5 Sahel, and with support of UNODC, organized a workshop on operationalizing the Police component in Niamey from 10 to 12 April 2018 to move forward on operationalizing the police component as well as to define the assistance that can be provided by the technical and financial partners in this area. Read more

UNODC assists Niger in its fight against terrorism

Within the framework of the Integrated Strategy of the United Nations for the Sahel, UNODC organised a training workshop on terrorism financing from 26 to 28 March 2018, in Niamey, thanks to Canada's financial support. A mock trial exercise has been conducted and will be replicated in other cointries in the subregion. This practical and focused training is an effective legal and judicial tool in the fight against terrorism. Read more

UNODC supports the reform of the legal framework against drugs in Senegal


As part of the ECOWAS Action Plan on Drugs 2016-2020, the adaptation of legal instruments to the threats facing the countries of the region is key. To this end, UNODC, in collaboration with the Interministerial Committee on Drug Control (CILD), organized a workshop to strengthen the legal and regulatory framework in the fight against drugs, from 5 to 9 March 2018, in Saly, Senegal. The main objective was to develop draft laws and regulations. Read more

UNODC strengthens strategic capacities and training curricula of Police and Gendarmerie Schools

A training of trainers' workshop on trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants was organized from 2 to 5 April 2018 in Niamey, for instructors from Police and Gendarmerie schools of Niger. During the closing ceremony, UNODC offered educational material (computers and video projectors) to the National School of Police and Continuing Education (ENP/FP) as well as the School of the National Gendarmerie (EGN). Read more

UNODC supports Mali in the fight against trafficking in persons

In order to enhance Mali's response to trafficking in persons and related practices, the National Coordination Committee has, in collaboration with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), organized a national workshop to assess the impact of the previous National Action Plan (2015-2017) and to develop a new one for 2018-2022. Read more

First objectives achieved for the SCP of the G5 Sahel

Since January 2018, G5 Sahel countries have exchanged information on the fight against transnational organized crime and terrorism for the first time in a systematic and institutionalized way. This result was made possible thanks to the "Security Cooperation Platform" established in november 2015 and supported by UNODC.  Read more

UNODC deploys a Mobile Training Unit in Ghana

Ghana has been the first country to benefit from this Mobile Training Unit (MTU) from UNODC. The deployment occurred in March 2018, in the Narcotics Control Board of Ghana. A MTU is a set of computers already loaded with corporate training modules, that can be used to deliver training and improve the capacity of law enforcement agencies. Read more

UNODC brings criminal justice and civil society actors together to discuss violent extremism

UNODC and  the Network of Central Authorities and Prosecutors of West Africa Against Organized Crime (WACAP), with the support of the United States of America, convened in Dakar, Senegal, a meeting on how criminal justice systems and civil society can better prevent and address violent extremism in Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Senegal with the participation of Nigeria and Chad as observers. Read more

Malian authorities achieve positive results in the fight against fraudulent medicine and drugs


For the last three years, the total amount of BMI fraudulent drug seizures represent a total of 19.88 tons. In 2018, 1.8 tons have already been seized. In 2017, seizures concerned 9.6 tons of medicines, and more than 7 million tablets. UNODC continues to strengthen the capacity of the authorities to combat transnational organized crime. Read more

Helping the authorities in Mali go after the terrorists' money

Mali is facing a unique combination of threats associated with various kinds of illicit trafficking and terrorism. Disrupting the flow of funding to terrorist groups through targeted financial sanctions is one way to reduce threats in the country, which will also benefit the region. To help law enforcement agencies better understand these threats and be able to work more effectively to reduce them, UNODC has developed a training course on advance financial disruption techniques. Read more

UNODC strengthens its partnership with Peacekeeping Operations

Building on the successes of the existing partnerships with the MINUSCA and MINUSMA, UNODC signed cooperation agreements with both organizations (7 March and 15 March 2018 respectively) to further strengthen their collaborations. These two milestone agreements are the first between UNODC and UN Peacekeeping Operations, whereby UNODC receives dedicated budgets to support the justice sector. Read more

Organisation of training for instructors in magistrates schools

Magistrates play a leading role in the fight against trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants. From 12 to 14 March 2018, UNODC organized a sub-regional workshop in Dakar for representatives of magistrates schools of Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger to train them on the judicial treatment of offenses related to trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants. Read more

UNODC holds its 3rd Sahel Programme Steering Committee Meeting   

 The Sahel Programme held its 3rd meeting of the Steering Committee in Dakar from 6 to 8 March 2018. Representatives of the Sahelian States, the Permanent Secretariat of the G5 and UNODC Regional Offices took the opportunity to discuss and refocus the strategy of the Programme and update objectives in line with the expectations, needs and priorities of Sahel countries in their fight against terrorism and transnational organized crime. Read more

UNODC encourages Women Empowerment in West Africa

Socio-cultural barriers and gender inequalities are deeply entrenched in West African societies. On International Women's Day, United Nations Office against Drugs and Crime (UNODC) would like to recall the importance of women's participation in law enforcement and criminal justice agencies as well as the promotion of gender equality and women's empowerment. Read more

Sahel: Governments achieve positive results with UN Support

Despite numerous challenges and threats, Sahelian governments remain committed to developing their criminal justice systems against illicit trafficking, organized crime and terrorism and are increasingly cooperating with each other, bilaterally and within the G5 Sahel. UNODC's Sahel Programme stand by Sahelian governments in creating this positive change in the region. Read more

Train-the-Trainers Workshop on Human Rights

From 26 February to 2 March, UNODC organized, in close collaboration with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, a sub-regional train-the-trainers (ToT) workshop, in Dakar, Senegal, on human rights. It is the first in a series of three ToT courses on human rights and the criminal justice responses to terrorism. Read more

Senegal: Launch of the first West African University Course in Addictology

UNODC supported the establishment of the first University Degree in Addictology in West Africa by the Faculty of Medicine of the University Cheikh Anta Diop of Dakar. The main objective of this University specialty is to increase the quality of human resources dealing with drug users health care in respect of their human rights. The inaugural lesson took place on February 28, 2018.  Read more

Launch of a new Project against Child Begging in Senegal

On 27 February 2018, UNODC, USAID and the municipalities of Medina, Gueule Tapée Fass Colobane, Diameguene Sicap Mbao and Pikine Nord jointly launched the Phase II of the Project in Pikine Nord, Senegal. This Project seeks implementation of local actions in order to reduce and eradicate child begging in targeted municipalities in Dakar region. Read more

Niger: UNODC organizes an awareness raising campaign on firearms

UNODC Global Firearms Programme launched an awareness raising campaign on 21 February 2018, headed by the Ministry of Interior and Public Security and the Governor of the region. The objective of this campaign was to collect and destroy seized and confiscated arms in Niger. In the framework of this campaign, several weapons were collected. Read more

Cabo Verde cooperate with Portugal and UNODC on strengthening its juvenile justice system

New trends and patterns of violence and crime have emerged posing new challenges to both society and authorities. UNODC organized a mission in Portugal, from 19 to 23 February, with a delegation from Cabo Verde, aimed at improving the effectiveness of the juvenile justice system operators and thus, promoting the protection of children's rights throughout the criminal justice process. Read more 

600 detainees assisted by the United Nations Volunteers in Niger

UNVs have provided legal aid to more than 600 detainees in the prisons of Niamey, Kollo and Koutoukalé since the beginning of the programme in July 2017 and they brought these cases to the attention of the Specialized Judicial Unit. The effectiveness of a legal response to terrorism heavily depends on the respect of basic human rights of detainees suspected in terrorism cases. Read more

UNODC Sahel Programme reaches 10,000 beneficiaries

By providing legislative and technical assistance, the UNODC Sahel Programme strengthens the capacities of relevant national and regional authorities on on the fight on transnational organized crime, terrorism and corruption. Since its launch in 2014, the UNODC Sahel Programme has implemented more than 400 activities reaching 10,000 direct beneficiaries in the region. Read more

West African CSOs coordinate against drugs abuse 

UNODC and ECOWAS organized a workshop in Abuja, Nigeria, from 7th to 9th January 2018 to "Building CSOs Capacity for Substance Use Prevention and Care". West Africa faces major drugs related problems, mainly high prevalence use of cannabis, cocaine/crack and to lesser extent heroin with its negative health and social consequences. Read more

Signature of an agreement for the establishment of a Joint Airport Interdiction Task Force at Maputo airport

A Letter of Agreement (LoA) has been signed on Friday 16 February between Mozambique and the UNODC for the establishment of a Joint Airport Interdiction Task Force (JAITF) at Maputo international airport. Mozambique will become the 16th country in Africa to launch the establishment of a Task Force in the Framework of the Airport Communication Project (AIRCOP) . Read more

UNODC sounds the alarm on the increase in trafficking and consumption of tramadol

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) warns the international community on the implications of non-medical use of tramadol, a synthetic opioid, on the economies and security of West Africa, notably in the Sahel region, and the Middle East and its broader linkages with the global fight against terrorism and transnational organized crime. Read more

Fighting against terrorism in the Sahel: Study visit of the Burkinabe authorities in Niger

A study visit in Niamey, Niger was organized from 6 to 8 February 2018, by UNODC for officials of the Ministries of Justice and Security, members of the Specialized Judiciary Unit and investigators of the police and the gendarmerie of Burkina Faso. Niger has developed good practices, and willingly shares them with its Sahelian neighbors. Read more

Ghana: Investigations Handbook for Drug Law Enforcement

To help strengthen the capacity of law enforcement agencies in Ghana in their fight against drug trafficking and related organized crime, UNODC developed an Investigations Handbook, which was officially launched on 8 February 2018 in Accra by Mrs. Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah, Director General of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service. Read more

Train the trainer workshop on investigation and prosecution of terrorism cases in Niger and Mali

From 23 to 26 January UNODC organized in Niamey, Niger a 4-day training of trainers on investigation and prosecution of terrorism cases for instructors at police and gendarmerie national training institutes. A similar workshop has been organized from 30 January to 2 February in Bamako, Mali. The workshops aim at having well-trained national instructors ensuring a continuous transmission of knowledge and expertise on terrorism prevention. Read more

UNODC facilitates cooperation between the G5 Sahel and the Maghreb

UNODC organized a trans-regional forum in Algiers, Algeria, from 23 to 25 January 2018 to enhance cooperation between the Maghreb and Sahel countries in their fight against illicit trafficking and transnational organized crime. This cooperation and exchange of information becomes crucial as the security threats are becoming more complex and transnational in nature. Read more

2017 : positive results in the fight against firearms trafficking and for AIRCOP

In 2017, the G5 Sahel States, in particular Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger, achieved good results in the fight against firearms trafficking and the AIRCOP project. In the last 12 months, 35,777 weapons have been marked. For their part, JAITFs agents in Bamako, Niamey and Ouagadougou seized, among other things, 20.91 kg of cocaine. Read more



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