Stories of 2019

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

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

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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