TIPSOM training for the criminal justice chain actors in Chad

For geographical and safety reasons amongst others, Chad has become a frequent migration route, which is gradually exposing the country to trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants. In that context, UNODC organized a training workshop for actors in the penal chain on the issue from 16 to 19 December 2019 in N'Djamena, which brought together 33 participants. Read more

Improving access to legal aid for women in West Africa

UNODC & UN Women targeted Liberia, Senegal and Sierra Leone to launch a project to improve women's access to gender-sensitive legal aid in West Africa. Following the 2016 Global Study on Legal Aid and a country-specific needs analysis conducted in 2018, national training-of-trainers workshops were held in July 2019 in Sierra Leone, in September in Senegal and in December in Liberia. Read more

Towards a criminal intelligence system for the G5 Sahel

December 2019 – The Sahel region is experiencing an unprecedented deterioration in its security situation, calling for the improvement of regional criminal intelligence. UNODC organized a workshop in Bamako (Mali) from 10 to 12 December on the strengthening of the criminal intelligence system of the G5 Sahel, which 60 representatives of the G5 Sahel structures attended. This activity was funded by the Federal Republic of Germany. Read more

The Police Component: A unique mechanism for the restoration of justice

In order to respond to the multidimensional security threat in the Sahel, the States of Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger, grouped within the framework of the G5 Sahel, organized, with the support of UNODC, a meeting from 3 to 6 December 2019 in Niamey to discuss the judicialization of the military operations of the G5 Sahel through the Police Component. Read more

UNODC and the EU support Congo's efforts to combat wildlife and forest crime

The ICCWC supports the Republic of Congo in its fight against wildlife and forest crime. This support is part of a subregional programme whose work plan ( developed jointly with the ECCAS, implemented by UNODC and ICCWC and funded by the EU) was presented to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Congo at a workshop in Brazzaville on 15 October. Read more

UNODC, ECOWAS and the EU release WENDU Report

October 2019 - The WENDU Report, the first-ever regional report on illicit drug trafficking and drug abuse in West Africa, covering the period of 2014 to 2017, was published. The Report was prepared through the collaborative efforts of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) with the financial support of the European Union. Read more 

UNODC strengthens the role of youth in preventing drug abuse in Cabo Verde

3 October 2019, the UNODC assisted the Coordinating Committee on Alcohol and Other Drugs (CCAD), in delivering a training to thirty adolescents from the community of Cobon in Cabo Verde. The training addressed the issue of discrimination and stigma of drug and alcohol dependents. Read more


UNODC supports countries in the Gulf of Guinea in Combating Global Maritime Crime

The UNODC Office for West and Central Africa celebrates the World Maritime Day (26 September 2019), by presenting its key results achieved in the fight against maritime crime through the Global Maritime Crime Programme, as well as all organized events. Global maritime crime, specifically piracy in central Africa, continues to be a major threat to the economic development of coastal economies. Read more

UNODC enhances judicial cooperation between Africa and Europe

Through the PROMIS project, the UNODC launched an innovative initiative to foster judicial cooperation through the deployment of two Nigerian prosecutors first in Italy and then in Spain. Following the interest expressed on this initiative by  many other countries UNODC jointly with the Syracuse International Institute for Criminal Justice and Human Rights, organized a stakeholders meeting to discuss the overall progress made. Read more

Operation BENKADI, tackling cross-border crime, is a success

Law enforcement authorities from Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire and Mali met in Dakar on 4 September 2019 to discuss and evaluate results and lessons learned from 'Operation Benkadi', an operation set up by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the three countries with the aim of strengthening cross-border cooperation and coordination on illicit drug trafficking. Read more

The G5 Sahel encourages more women in its Defense and Security Forces

The UNODC, in partnership with the Permanent Secretary of the G5 Sahel and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), and in consultation with UNWOMEN, organized a reflection workshop at the Defense College of the G5 Sahel in Nouakchott (Mauritania), from 3 to 5 September 2019, on " strengthening the presence of women in the G5 Sahel defense and security structures".  Read more

Largest drug seizure ever made in Guinea-Bissau by law enforcement officials

On 2 September 2019, the government of Guinea Bissau seized 1,947 kg of cocaine as a result of operation "NAVARA" led by the Judicial Police of Guinea-Bissau with the participation of the Transnational Crime Unit (TCU). This successful operation shows the commitment and enhanced capacity of the Guinea-Bissau Government in countering drug trafficking and transnational organized crime. Read more

Cabo Verdean authorities seized more than two tons of cocaïne

On August 3 rd, Cabo Verde's judicial police seized over 2 tons of cocaine (2. 256, 27 kg) in a joint operation at sea with the National Coast Guard - with the collaboration of the Maritime Analysis and Operations Centre - Narcotics, the Federal Police of Brazil and the support of the National Police. Five Brazilian citizens were detained and presented to the competent judicial authorities. Read more

UNODC enhances drug dependence treatment services in Senegal  

From July 30th to August 2nd 2019, UNODC organized a training on drug use disorder treatment and care in Saly-Mbour, Senegal. The objective of the program is to strengthen the capacities, knowledge, competencies and skills of service providers in the implementation of comprehensive and multisectorial treatment and care strategies. Read more

UNODC supports women as peacemakers in Mali and Niger

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, in partnership with UNWOMEN, has developed a new project targeting women as peacemakers in the region between Mali and Niger. The project aims at rebuilding trust between the most vulnerable communities, the defense and security forces, and the relevant criminal justice chain actors, through a gender sensitive approach.  Read more

UNODC participates in the Blue Heart Campaign against trafficking in persons 

Human trafficking is a crime and violation that should have no place in our world. Yet 225,000 trafficking victims were detected between 2003 and 2016, and there are many more hidden victims who need our help. In this context, on the occasion of 30 July, World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, the UNODC regional office based in Dakar organized a community-based human trafficking awareness forum.  Read more 

UNODC supports Cabo Verde in its fight against drugs and related crimes

A roundtable meeting to mobilize technical and financial partners for the implementation of the new National Integrated Program (2018-2023) for the Fight Against Drugs and Related Crimes was held on July 10th in Praia, jointly organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and Communities, the Ministry of Health, the Coordinating Commission of Alcohol and other Drugs and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Read more

UNODC organizes a workshop on wildlife and natural ressources trafficking in Central Africa 

From 24 to 25 June 2019, a sub-regional interparliamentary workshop was held in Libreville on "the implementation of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora and the fight against illicit trafficking in protected species". This was the first event of this magnitude organized by UNODC's regional project on wildlife and forest crime in Central Africa. Read more 

UNODC marks 2019 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Drug Trafficking in Senegal

The world drug problem is one of the most challenging issues the States are facing. It has wide-ranging impacts on the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities, as well as on the security and sustainable development of nations. Therefore, preventing and addressing drug challenges is essential to delivering on a fundamental global pledge, enshrined in the SDGs: to leave no one behind.  Read more

UNODC and UNV Programme signed a new Joint Action Plan

21st May, during the 28th session of the CCPCJ, the UNODC ROSEN organized a side-event on Volunteering For Justice in Terrorism cases. This was the occasion to sign a new Joint Plan of Action with the UNV Programme which will foster the partnership between the 2 organizations. One of the main projects illustrating this collaboration has enabled the deployment of UNVs in Niger to provide legal aid to persons held in pre-trial detention on terrorism charges. Read more

UNODC holds the 4th meeting of Sahel Programme Steering Committee

24 June 2019, representatives from Burkina Faso, Chad, Libya, Mali, Morocco, Mauritania, Niger, and the G5 Sahel Secretariat participated in the 4th meeting of the UNODC Sahel Programme, that was held between 24 and 26 April 2019. They were able to interact with experts from UNODC HQ in Vienna and the Regional Office for North Africa and the Middle East, and for West and Central Africa to identify the best ways to continue their partnership. Read more

UNODC launches its first activity on countering firearms trafficking in CAR

The Regional Office of the United Nations on Drugs and Crimes for West and Central Africa organized the first "Specialized practical training on the investigation and prosecution of firearms trafficking and related offences" in Bangui, CAR from 8 to 12 April 2019. During the week long training, participants from law enforcement and criminal justice agencies and institutions have received practical skills to counter illicit firearms trafficking in the country. Read more

The Sahel Judicial Platform meets with the G5 Sahel in Mauritania

In March 2019, the Sahel Judicial Cooperation Platform (PCJS) focal points, and their substitutes, (9 men and 3 women in total), met with the G5 Sahel Permanent Secretariat, in Nouakchott, Mauritania. The objective of this meeting was to explore partnership opportunities between the PCJS and the G5 Sahel. This visit was also the opportunity for an additional meeting between the PCJS and Mauritanian prosecutors and judges. Read more

Close to  100 Burkinabe officials trained on the Police Component of the G5 Sahel Joint Force

UNODC organized a training activity from 11 to 15 March 2019 in Ouagadougou during which close to 100 participants were trained on the concept of the Police Component of the G5 Sahel Joint Force. The Police Component's objective is to reinforce the judicialization of military operations carried out by the Joint Force and to ensure the respect for human rights in the fight against terrorism. Read more

Bissau-Guinean authorities achieve largest ever drug seizure

On 9 March 2019, Guinea Bissau seized 789 kg of cocaine as a result of operation "CARAPAU" led by its Transnational Crime Unit (TCU) and the Judicial Police. The drugs were found in a false bottom of a truck loaded with frozen fish known as CARAPAU. Guinea-Bissau showed renewed commitment and leadership in successfully conducting this operation and expediting the incineration of the seized drugs which took place on 14 March 2019.  Read more

Official opening of a UNODC project office in Central African Republic 

The UNODC project office in Bangui opened in June 2018 following the signing of an agreement with the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) in March 2018. This partnership between UNODC and MINUSCA aims to support the operationalization of the Special Criminal Court in CAR and more specifically the development of its legal aid and victim and witness protection services. Read more

Protection of victims and prosecution of traffickers: Justice served in Mali

UNODC met Mrs. Niaré in Mali in January 2019 after having heard about her career and strong impact on the ground. The meeting served as an opportunity to take stock of the activities and training workshops organized in Mali to support the fight against trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants and to bring to the fore this role model for women in the region to mark the International Women's Day. Read more

UNODC marks the International Women's Day

Since March 2018, when the first Global Strategy for Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment was adopted by UNODC, a lot of progress has been noted in the region, notably through the creation of a working group dedicated to gender issues within the Regional Office. On March 8, 2019, celebrating International Women's Day allows UNODC to reflect on the strategy adopted in the region and the results achieved and yet to come. Read more

Mali launches a new National Action Plan to Combat Trafficking in Persons

As a result of a collaboration between the National Coordination Committee against Trafficking in Persons and Assimilated Practices (CNCLTPA), the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations Office against Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the Government of Mali adopted a new five-year plan to fight against trafficking in persons officially launched on Friday 1 February 2019 at the Ministry of Justice. Read more

UNODC promotes respect for human rights in Burkina Faso and Cameroon

In recent years, Burkina Faso and Cameroon have increasingly faced serious threats from terrorism. UNODC, in close collaboration with OHCHR, organized in January 2019 two national training workshops on human rights in criminal justice responses to terrorism in Ouagadougou and Yaounde highlighting the importance of respect for human rights and the rule of law in counter-terrorism efforts in order to avoid exacerbating violent extremism. Read more

Burkina Faso launched its first master's programme on anti-corruption

Considering that education is a fundamental tool to prevent crime and corruption, UNODC is strongly committed to promoting the teaching of the fight against corruption in universities. Thus, Burkina Faso, with UNODC's support, developped and launched its first Masters' programme on anti-corruption at the University Ouaga II in Ouagadougou, the capital. 25 students started the programme in January 2019. Read more

Massive cocaine seizure of 9.5 tons by Cabo Verde

On 31 January 2019, the Judicial Police of Cabo Verde seized 9.570 kg of cocaine inside 260 bales found in a vessel coming from Panama and en route to Morocco. This is the biggest drug seizure of the year and one of the biggest in the history of the Judicial Police. 11 citizens of Russian nationality were detained and referred to the competent judicial authorities in the country. Read more

UNODC supports the implementation of the UNCAC in Chad

A national workshop organized by UNODC, in collaboration with the Ministry of Justice was held in N'Djamena, Chad, from 29 to 30 January 2019. The meeting brought together 25 representatives (including 6 women) of key national institutions to discuss how to efficiently implement the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC), following Chad's accession to the Convention in June 2018. Read more

Liberian authorities achieve positive results in the fight against drug trafficking

Since 2011, UNODC supports Liberian authorities in combating illicit drug trafficking and transnational organized crime under the West Africa Coast Initiative (WACI) project and has also supported the establishment and functioning of the Liberia Transnational Organized Crime Unit. Both the TCU and the Liberian Drug Enforcement Agency have recently achieved positive results in the number of seizures and arrests relating to drug trafficking. Read more


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