The UNODC supports Gabon’s efforts to combat wildlife and forest crime

28-12-2020

Gabon, a country endowed with a wide variety of wildlife and abundant natural, forestry and mining resources, faces significant criminal threats due to poaching and illegal trafficking of its resources. In this context, UNODC organised a 4-day workshop for members of the penal chain involved in the fight against wildlife and natural resource crime. Read more

UNODC supports the strengthening of integrity within the justice system in Mali

28-12-2020

42 members of the Malian judiciary participated in a workshop on the application of the Bangalore Principles of Judicial Conduct in Mali, held in Bamako from 30 November to 2 December 2020. In addition, the new guidelines on the use of social media and gender considerations developed by the Global Judicial Integrity Network were presented. Read more

Meet this week's PROMIS* Champion: Adama Mbengue (Senegal)

14-12-2020

Adama Mbengue, President of ADHA –  " It was in a context of total disarray that Action Pour les Droits Humains et l'Amitié (ADHA) was created. Indeed, the year 2006 coincided with the signing of the African Youth Charter. However, most countries continued to flout the rights of young people"Read more

UNODC distributes health and food kits to victims of trafficking in Côte d'Ivoire

10-12-2020

As part of the COVID-19 response, UNODC, jointly with the Executive Secretariat of the National Committee to Combat Trafficking in Persons, distributed hygiene and sanitary and food protection kits to women, young girls, migrants, returned victims of trafficking and displaced persons, through four non-governmental organisations and reception centres Read more

Regional validation workshop of the training programme of the police component

08-12-2020

A regional technical workshop on the police component of the G5 Sahel Joint Force training programme took place from Monday 16 to Thursday 19 November 2020 in Niamey  to exchange and formulate recommendations on the modules proposed, to be submitted for validation to the G5 Sahel. Read more

UNODC supports Togo to counter foreign terrorist fighters

08-12-2020

The growing threat posed by foreign terrorist fighters (FTF) continues to preoccupy many countries around the world. The Togolese government is committed to strengthening the national capacity of its institutions in charge of both preventing and combating violent extremism and terrorism to prevent and counter any attempts by FTF on its territory. Read more

Meet this week's PROMIS* Champion: Nana-Jo Ndow (The Gambia) 

07-12-2020

Nana-Jo Ndow is a founder and executive director of the African Network against Extrajudicial Killings and Enforced Disappearances (ANEKED), an NGO that campaigns against enforced disappearances and summary executions. ANEKED combines the power of technology, legal expertise and traditional media to expose these injustices and advocate for justice for victims and their families. Read more

UNODC continues its work for peacebuilding in Niger

04-12-2020

From 25 to 26 November 2020 was held in Tillabéry, Niger, a forum for exchanges between actors of the penal chain (APC), defence and security forces (DSF), representatives of the G5 Sahel, the High Authority for the Consolidation of Peace in Niger, the National Human Rights Commission, Civil Society organisations, women's organisations, youth, customary leaders and community radio stations. Read more 

UNODC supports DFS to improve legal care for child victims of violence in Niger

04-12-2020

For a decade now, thousands of children have been abducted, recruited, and exploited by armed groups, including terrorist organizations, a phenomenon that particularly affects the Sahel region. In this context, UNODC organised training sessions on the treatment of child victims of violence, trafficking, and recruitment by terrorist and violent extremist groups in Niger. Read more 

16 Days of Activism Against GBV: Gender Mainstreaming in the AIRCOP Project

03-12-2020

Read the interview of Cécile Plunet, Global Coordinator of AIRCOP about gender mainstreaming in law enforcement Agencies at international airports. AIRCOP is a multi agency project that is aimed at strengthening the capacities of participating international airports across the globe to detect and intercept drugs, other illicit goods and high-risk passengers in both origin, transit and destination countries. Read more

16 Days of Activism Against GBV: Gender Equality in the G5 Sahel Programme

30-11-2020

The UNODC supported the G5 Sahel Programme in developing and operationalizing the police component of the Joint Force and was tasked with mainstreaming gender throughout the programme. Despite global efforts to implement the Women, Peace and Security Agenda, women’s participation in the security sector remains low and this is also the case for the G5 Sahel Joint Force and its Police Component. Read more

Meet this week's PROMIS* Champion: Brah Mamadou Ali (Niger)

30-11-2020

Commissioner within the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) in Niger, Mr. Brah Mamadou Ali chairs the working group that deals with migration issues, the fight against discrimination and slavery practices. He explains how, in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the CNDH ensures the continuity of its activities in order to protect the rights of migrants. Read more

Meet this week's PROMIS* Champion: Oumy Sya Sadio (Senegal)

16-11-2020

Doctoral student in Public Law at the Institute of Human Rights and Peace (IDHP) of Cheikh Anta Diop University (UCAD) and holder of a Master 2 in International Relations, Oumy Sya Sadio is particularly interested in everything that revolves around the promotion and protection of human rights. She works for Amnesty International Senegal and notes the lack of consideration of migrants in national health prevention and response strategies as well as their exclusion from national social protection policies during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

Meet this week's PROMIS* Champion: Ibrahima Dieng (Senegal)

16-11-2020

Ibrahima Dieng is the Communication Officer and Programme Officer of the Peace and Security Network for Women in the ECOWAS Region (REPSFECO). The organisation has noted many violations of migrants' rights and the COVID-19 pandemic has accentuated this. Many women have lost property before the closure of the borders and have seen their income reduced or destroyed. Read more

Workshops explaining the penal chain restore trust between populations

12-11-2020

In Niger, in order to strengthen collaboration and trust between communities, defense and security forces, and actors in the criminal chain, UNODC organized training on the roles and mandates of the Defense and Security Forces as well as on remedies, reporting, referral and advocacy. A total of 55 trainers benefited from this training, 45 percent of whom were women. Read more

Encouraging women & girls to pursue careers in cybersecurity and STEMs

11-11-2020

Globally women are severely underrepresented in the field of cybersecurity. As part of Cybersecurity Awareness month in Senegal, UNODC and the Ministry of Digital Economy and Telecommunications held an online workshop focusing on encouraging girls and women to follow studies in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). In 2018, women in cybersecurity accounted for just 9% in Africa.  Read more

Meet this week's PROMIS* Champion: Papa Meissa Gueye (Senegal)

09-11-2020

Papa Meissa Gueye is the coordinator of the association Rester et Réussir, which works to bring artistic solutions to the various problems facing young people. For him, in Senegal, the main difficulties encountered by migrants since the COVID-19 pandemic are mostly economic. Together with our volunteer lawyers specialized in migrant law, we have tried to react to the difficulties encountered by migrants. Read more  

UNODC organises 3-day simulated trial on maritime piracy in Ghana

07-11-2020

The 3-day simulated trial of a maritime piracy case in Ghana was held to boost current on-going legal reform to revise the definition of piracy provided for in Section 193 of the Criminal Offences Act, in line with the piracy definition provided by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). The intense pace of the exchanges allowed all participants to familiarise themselves with the universal definition of piracy Read more

Developing an effective response to foreign terrorist fighters in Ghana

04-11-2020

Foreign terrorist fighters represent an urgent and growing threat to international peace and security. UNODC organized a national workshop on "Good Practices for an Effective National Response to the Phenomenon of Foreign Terrorist Combatants" on 28-29 October 2020 in Accra for law enforcement and criminal justice officials from Ghana. Many fighters leave their homes with no intention of returning or of building a new “State”.  Read more

Meet this week's PROMIS* Champion: Hamadou Boulama Tcherno (Niger)

02-11-2020

A sociologist and journalist by training, Hamadou Boulama Tcherno has devoted most of his time since 2012 to the protection of the rights of migrants. He is a founding member and program director of the association Alternative Espaces Citoyens in Niger. Over the last three years, the work of AEC's migration department has focused on amplifying the voices of migrants. Read more

Discover the PROMIS* champions protecting migrants' human rights during COVID-19

02-11-2020

Across West Africa,  human rights defenders have relentlessly continued to raise awareness of the human rights situation of migrants and the impact COVID-19 has had on them. These Champions have shown leadership skills and provided quick responses to the new reality on the ground. Each week we introduce you to a PROMIS champion & learn about the indispensable work they do on the ground. Read more

Meet this week's PROMIS* Champion: Papa Meissa Gueye (Senegal)

09-11-2020

Papa Meissa Gueye is the coordinator of the association Rester et Réussir, which works to bring artistic solutions to the various problems facing young people. For him, in Senegal, the main difficulties encountered by migrants since the COVID-19 pandemic are mostly economic. Together with our volunteer lawyers specialized in migrant law, we have tried to react to the difficulties encountered by migrants. Read more

UNODC organises 3-day mock trial on maritime piracy in Ghana

07-11-2020

The 3-day simulated trial of a maritime piracy case in Ghana was held to boost current on-going legal reform to revise the definition of piracy provided for in Section 193 of the Criminal Offences Act, in line with the piracy definition provided by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). The intense pace of the exchanges allowed all participants to familiarise themselves with the universal definition of piracy Read more

Developing an effective response to foreign terrorist fighters in Ghana

04-11-2020

Foreign terrorist fighters represent an urgent and growing threat to international peace and security. UNODC organized a national workshop on "Good Practices for an Effective National Response to the Phenomenon of Foreign Terrorist Combatants" on 28-29 October 2020 in Accra for law enforcement and criminal justice officials from Ghana. Many fighters leave their homes with no intention of returning or of building a new “State”.  Read more

Meet this week's PROMIS* Champion: Hamadou Boulama Tcherno (Niger)

 02-11-2020

A sociologist and journalist by training, Hamadou Boulama Tcherno has devoted most of his time since 2012 to the protection of the rights of migrants. He is a founding member and program director of the association Alternative Espaces Citoyens in Niger. Over the last three years, the work of AEC's migration department has focused on amplifying the voices of migrants. Read more

Discover the PROMIS* champions protecting migrants' human rights during COVID-19

02-11-2020

Across West Africa,  human rights defenders have relentlessly continued to raise awareness of the human rights situation of migrants and the impact COVID-19 has had on them. These Champions have shown leadership skills and provided quick responses to the new reality on the ground. Each week we introduce you to a PROMIS champion & learn about the indispensable work they do on the ground. Read more

UNODC report on fraud & corruption risks of emergency Covid-19 assistance measures 

02-11-2020

Countries around the world have taken important steps during the pandemic, including putting in place economic safety nets for their citizens. Countries in West and Central Africa were no exception. UNODC's 2020 report presents the emergency measures adopted as well as the risks of fraud and corruption related to these measures in the region. Read more about the report. Read more

UNTOC SUCCESS STORY: Deploying African Liaison magistrates to fight transnational organized crime

27-10-2020

UNODC presented a number of achievements accomplished through the Liaison Magistrate initiative at an online side event during the Tenth conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC). Liaison Magistrates from Nigeria, Ethiopia, and Eritrea were deployed to Italy & Spain and have been involved in 45 cases so far. Read more

Changing mindsets to eradicate child begging in Senegal through leadership training

26-10-2020

The UNODC TIPSOM programme held a Leadership and Behavior Change training workshop in Dakar with 16 Ndeyou Daara - volunteer women working to protect children attending abusive boarding schools that beat and force them to beg. Low income earning parents often send their children to these schools in the belief they’ll get an education. Yet, the sight of young boys begging remains common in Senegal.  Read more

UNODC holds anti-terrorism capacity building workshop for Togolese judicial police officers

 19-10-2020

Experts from UNODC and INTERPOL led the workshop on international police cooperation, the specific procedural rules for cooperation, the mechanisms of coordination & cooperation between judicial authorities and intelligence services on the fight against terrorism and transnational organized crime. Read more

Motorbikes provided to combat smuggling of migrants & cross-border crimes in Liberia

19-10-2020

Motorcycles and office equipment were handed over to the Liberian Immigration Services by ONUDC to assist border officials and strengthen their resources in their daily fight against migrant smuggling and human trafficking. An assessment conducted by UNODC in 2018 revealed that border offices lacked the crucial equipment, and LIS officers had to patrol long distances on foot in rural areas. Read more

Launch of CYBER October: adopting cyber barrier gestures during COVID-19

16-10-2020

UNODC and the Ministry of Digital Economy and Telecommunications in Senegal launched Cyber October and a series of weekly webinars hosted by cybersecurity experts in Senegal. Senegal is the fifth African country most attacked by cybercriminals on the continent, 71st among the most attacked countries globally.  More people online has led to more cybercrimes during the pandemic. Read more

Senegal's Ministry of Health & UNODC mark World Mental Health Day

13-10-2020

World Mental Health Day was celebrated around the world on October 10, 2020. It comes at a time when billions of people around the world have been affected by the COVID 19 pandemic.  UNODC supported this initiative by raising awareness of mental health issues and the need for further investment at a workshop organized by the Senegalese Ministry of Health. Read more

UNODC partnership with Ghana navy, NGOs helps track fisheries violations

12-10-2020

Fourteen fishing vessels suspected of illegal activities and overfishing were detected and tracked during a 36-hour operation made possible due to the first-ever combined maritime enforcement operation between four Ghanaian Maritime Law Enforcement agencies, three private partners and UNODC technical assistance to support the Ghanaian Navy. Read more

UNODC combats cybercrime to keep children safe online during the COVID 19

07-10-2020

To promote cybersecurity during the month of October, the UNODC Global Cybercrime Program in Dakar is rolling out an awareness video for kids each week on a different aspect of online safety. The short, animated videos illustrate the dangers of sexting, speaking to strangers online, cyberbullying, and opting-in to purchase ‘gifts’.  For maximum impact, the videos have been released in French, English, and Portuguese. Read more

UNODC holds a consultative meeting with counter-terrorism focal points of Ghana

28-09-2020

Despite the COVID-19 emergency, UNODC continues to support Member States and provide technical assistance. The Terrorism Prevention Branch of United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC/TPB) held a national virtual meeting with focal points on counter-terrorism from Ghana, under the Global Counter-Terrorism Forum West Africa Working Group project (2020-2021) in Accra, Ghana. Read more

Preventing sextortion: a new Internet crime on the rise during COVID-19

22-09-2020

In order to raise public awareness on how to avoid sextortion and protect young Internet users, the Global Programme on Cybercrime of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC) organised a public webinar and Facebook Live session. Nearly 800 people tuned in. Read more

UNODC & Togo work together to develop national strategy to prevent violent extremism

16-09-2020

Experts from the UNODC Terrorism Prevention Branch held an initial consultative meeting with the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Preventing and Combating Violent Extremism of Togo, within the framework of the Global Counter-Terrorism Forum (GCTF) project on capacity building in the West African region. Read more

UNODC uses power of television and streaming to engage youth on rule of law 

15-09-2020

By broadcasting educational programmes, delivered both online and through television, Télé-Ecole offers teachers, parents and children content on various school subjects, including ethics and civics in a fun, yet informative package. One such set of programming to hit screens in early-September is UNODC’s Education for Justice series, The Zorbs.  Read more

International Day of Victims of Enforced Disappearances

30-08-2020

The increasingly precarious movements of migrants undertaking long, perilous journeys, associated with often increasingly rigid migratory policies, have created a situation that exposes them to heightened risks of becoming victims of human rights violations, including enforced disappearances.  Read more

Reinforcing rule of law in Mali through magistrate training on prosecuting trafficking

16-08-2020

Twenty-five magistrates, prosecutors and deputy prosecutors from different regions of the country and the District of Bamako had the opportunity to participate in a training workshop on the smuggling of migrants and trafficking in persons. Participants gained a better understanding of their essential role in law enforcement and criminal justice measures.  Read more

Learning how to act against human trafficking and migrant smuggling in Niger

14-08-2020

Commercial transporters, border control officers, youth and women's associations, local elected officials and the media all have a role to play in the fight against human trafficking. During a two-day workshop, 50 participants learned about different forms of trafficking, related to women and children, and what action they can take to protect those vulnerable to trafficking or smuggling. Read more

Workshop: Investigating & prosecuting  firearms trafficking in West Africa

06-08-2020

From 28th to 30th July 2020, the Global Firearms Programme held an online webinar on the investigation and prosecution of firearms trafficking and related offenses aimed at practitioners in Central and West African countries. GFP experts have adapted training material to meet the requirements of an online setting, and particularly in a context with limited internet connectivity.  Read more

UN Volunteers strengthen legal and criminal justice measures to combat terrorism in Niger

04-08-2020

UNODC deployed 10 national United Nations Volunteers to Niger to provide legal assistance to persons held in pre-trial detention on terrorism charges in order to reduce the length of pre-trial detention periods. The number of pretrial detainees in 2017 was reduced from 1,600 in 2017 to 842 in 2019 as part of that project. Four UN Volunteers deployed in Niger share their experiences. Read more

CAR adopts new law on conventional arms developed with support from UNODC

03-08-2020

The National Assembly of the Central African Republic adopted a new Law on the general regime on the parts, components, and ammunition of conventional arms, on 8th July, 2020. The law will be instrumental in supporting the fight against illicit arms trafficking in the country and in the sub-region. The law is the result of a year-long comprehensive legislative assistance package provided by UNODC. Read more

World Day against Trafficking in Persons: Nigerian liaison magistrates deployed in Europe strengthen int'l cooperation in prosecuting human trafficking cases 

30-07-2020

To increase international cooperation between West and Central African countries and Europe to counter organized crime, and notably trafficking in persons,  UNODC has been supporting the deployment of Nigerian prosecutors, first to Italy and then Spain through the PROMIS project since February 2018. This has been achieved so far thanks to the financial support of the Netherlands and Italy. Read more

UNODC distributes food and health supplies to support street children

23-07-2020

UNODC provided health and food supplies to support national authorities during COVID-19. The measures adopted by the health authorities include measures to ensure the protection of street children. The Ministry is working to return children to their families. During the transition period, children are placed in shelters that need support during the pandemic.  Read more

COVID-19 protective equipment provided to addiction management centre in Senegal

17-07-2020

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) for West and Central Africa has donated personal protective equipment (PPE) to the Integrated Addiction Management Centre (known as CEPIAD) in Dakar to help combat the current health crisis of COVID-19. Today, it offers the first methadone maintenance program in West Africa and has more than 280 registered patients under treatment. Read more

Workshop on increasing inclusion of victims of terrorism in criminal proceedings in Niger

14-07-2020

UNODC organized a workshop in Niger aimed at further strengthening the capacity of judges and investigators to better consider and deal with victims of terrorist acts in various proceedings. Traditionally, criminal procedure focuses on the perpetrators of offenses and crimes. In the scope of terrorism,  more than in other areas, it is essential that the point of view of victims be heard and taken into account to a greater extent. Read more

UNODC prepares Operation KAFO II to control cross border firearms trafficking 

13-07-2020

Some 50 participants from Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso and Côte d'Ivoire, as well as from Interpol, the World Customs Organization, ECOWAS and GIZ  took part in a major (online) workshop on the planning of Operation KAFO II to control cross-border firearms trafficking. The workshop laid the strategic, tactical and operational foundations of the second edition of Operation KAFO. Read more

UNODC hosts webinar on services for drug use disorders during COVID-19 in Senegal

29-06-2020

In partnership with UNODC Prevention Treatment and Rehabilitation section and the Interdepartmental Drug Enforcement Committee (Comité Interministeriel de Lutte Contre la drogue/CILD) of Senegal, UNODC hosted a webinar training on ways to ensure a continuum of care and services to people who use drugs during the COVID19 pandemic. Read more

World Drug Report 2020: West Africa Regional Trends

26-06-2020

Global drug use is on the rise, increasing from 4.8 per cent of the world's population aged 15-64 in 2009 to 5.3 per cent of the population in 2018. Although reliable data on drug use is lacking for a large number of countries, particularly in Africa, some trends have been identified. For example, at the global level, the increase in cannabis use between 2010 and 2017 was highest in Africa, followed by Asia. Read more

UNODC assists mental health support network in Senegal during COVID-19

26-06-2020

June 26th marks the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. For the 2020 edition, whose theme is "Better knowledge for better care", UNODC donated awareness-raising materials and personal protective equipment (PPE) to the Network of Organizations for the Promotion of Mental Health in Senegal to help combat the ongoing Covid-19 health crisis. Read more

AIRCOP launches e-learning activities in Africa during the COVID-19 pandemic

25-06-2020

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, AIRCOP is strengthening its e-learning activities in Africa through webinars in coordination with the UNODC e-learning platform.  AIRCOP organized a module for heads of its Joint Airport Interdiction Task Forces (JAITFs) on how to better manage the task forces. JAITFs trainees from Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea Bissau Niger, Senegal and Togo took part. Read more

Distribution of PPE to anti-trafficking actors in Côte d'Ivoire during COVID-19 

23-06-2020

In response to the negative impact of COVID19 pandemic on national efforts to combat trafficking in persons, and in particular to provide protection and assistance - including access to justice - to the victims of trafficking, UNODC, with the support of the government of the United States of America, delivered personal protective equipment to the national partners in Cote d’Ivoire engaged in the fight against trafficking in persons. Read more

Virtual crime scene investigation workshop builds counter-terrorism skills in Mali

10-06-2020

The crime scene doesn't have the typical smoky smell nor the usually deafening sirens. They're silent today as the gendarmes try to gather clues for their investigation into this umpteenth act of terrorism. The main difference this time, is that this is a virtual crime scene. The objective of this online training is to ensure the continuity of UNODC's activities in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

 

PROMIS project strengthens anti human trafficking & smuggling Brigade in Mali

01-06-2020

Malians are particularly vulnerable to human trafficking and migrant smuggling. Trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants has increased with the current political crisis in Mali. The first PROMIS training session was held in Sikasso and focused on the detection, investigation and prosecution of cases of trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants. Twenty-one people participated, including 2 women. Read more

 Fighting disinformation on COVID-19 in the Sahel through local language radio messages

29-05-2020

"Before our radio programme, people didn't even believe in the disease," says Mohammed Samate, director of Radio Dodia in Anderamboukane, some 1,600 kms from Bamako in eastern Mali. "Thanks to the programme, they now realize that it's not a joke," he says.  Radio Dodia, located on the border with Niger, broadcast short messages in Tamasheq, the local language, to raise awareness of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

Rebuilding cross-border trust and dialogue in Mali and Niger through community radio

29-05-2020

As soon as the programme went to air the phone in the small recording room of Radio Dodia started ringing off the hook. The impact was immediate with an estimated 40,000 people listening to community leaders, the Defence and Security Forces and representatives of the justice system talking together for the first time about security issues that have fuelled growing mistrust among them.  Read more

UNODC provides PPE to the G5 Sahel Joint Force Provost Brigades against COVID-19

29-05-2020

In addition to its technical expertise, UNODC provided PPE material support at the request of the Joint Force to ensure the continuity of its action against terrorism and organized crime in the Sahel during the COVID 19 pandemic. The equipment will serve the Joint  Force to continue its work in safe working conditions by preventing the spread of the virus within the Force, but also between the Force and the population. Read more

Children's shelter doubles capacity due to COVID-19, receives UNODC aid

28-05-2020

When the first case of COVID 19 reached Senegal, the Samu Social shelter for homeless children in the capital didn’t wait long before deciding to make space for more young residents, doubling its capacity. With twice as many mouths to feed during the pandemic  essential food supplies and medical equipment was provided to the Samu Sociale and other centres like it thanks to UNODC, supported by USAID. Read more

Chad reforms terror law & abolishes the death penalty with UNODC support

19-05-2020

After two years of rigorous consultations aimed at amending the country's anti-terrorism laws, the Chadian parliament unanimously voted to abolish the death penalty for acts of terrorism on 28 April. The draft bill is yet to be promulgated by President Idriss Déby but the abolition of the death penalty is only one of the human rights reforms underway in the Sahelian country, made possible thanks to the support and legal expertise of UNODC. Read more

Chad adopts decree on the Platform for Cooperation on Security Matters

18-05-2020

Chad has become the first G5 Sahel country to adopt the text proposed by UNODC to establish the national legal existence of the Platform for Security Cooperation (PCMS). The decree aims to strengthen capacities to combat terrorism and transnational organized crime in the Sahel countries.The PCMS is now legally recognized as a mechanism for regional police cooperation and can access INTERPOL's international criminal databases. Read more

Likely increase in migrant smuggling & human trafficking due to COVID-19

15-05-2020

COVID-19 travel and movement restrictions are not stopping the movement of people fleeing conflict, human rights abuses, violence and dangerous living conditions, according to a report launched by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The closure of land, sea and air borders, however, may result in an increase smuggling of migrants. People have an even greater need for the services of smugglers in order to cross borders. Read more

Victims of trafficking at greater risk due to COVID-19 pandemic

12-05-2020

Identifying a victim of trafficking of persons is difficult, even under normal circumstances. Mainly due to the fact that trafficking victims are often exploited in illegal, informal or unregulated sectors like the sex industry, or in domestic settings. Now as the world tries to curb the COVID 19 health pandemic, there are growing fears that identifying victims of human trafficking is even more difficult. Read more

Senegalese artists and the UN fight together against COVID-19 

12-05-2020

A picture is worth a thousand words: RBS Crew, a group of urban street artists from Senegal were invited to spread their message at the UN building in Dakar to reach as many people as possible. The result is a magnificent mural displaying all the barrier gestures against the spread of COVID 19. The UN in Senegal supports the efforts of the country in the fight against the global pandemic.  Read more

Takorama: Online Film Festival for lockdown learners addresses UNODC values

07-05-2020

An online film festival has been launched especially for students, parents & teachers from April 24 to May 24 2020. All the films address the values of solidarity, tolerance, respect, empathy and sustainable development, which are also at the core of UNODC’s Education for Justice (E4J)  Read more

07-05-2020

UNODC's Education 4 Justice has developed tools for primary and secondary education, including educational materials for teachers, parents, students, that promise to make learning at home fun. These activities will help educators to provide future generations with the means to better understand and combat problems that can undermine the rule of law.  Read more

San Servolo: Using comics to educate on the Rule of Law (SDG 16)

07-05-2020

UNODC's Education 4 Justice created San Servolo - a series of three comics focusing on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16 on Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions. The comic series was developed with the aim of providing educators with a resource that resonates with students' personal interests and increases their investment in learning about global challenges to the rule of law. Read more

UNODC and Partners support Senegal to protect street kids during COVID-19

27-04-2020

More than 500 children have been taken off the streets in Senegal and returned to their families as a safeguarding measure against the Covid 19 pandemic thanks to coordinated efforts between UNODC, USAID and the ministry of Family and Child Protection. They have been placed in child services housing centres for 14 days and tested for Covid-19 before their return to their families. Read more

Earth Day 2020: Wildlife trafficking harms animals & human health

22-04-2020

The outbreak of COVID-19 has been linked to a coronavirus originating in wild bats that jumped to people via an intermediary animal with pangolins among the leading suspects. To mark today’s International Mother Earth Day, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime has pre-released the Pangolin Chapter from the upcoming World Wildlife Crime Report Second Edition expected for 5 June. Read more

COVID-19: UNODC takes G5 Sahel Security monitoring online

17-04-2020

Thanks to a new and innovative approach to provide its security-related assistance online, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime is continuing to support the G5 Sahel countries to combat organised crime, terrorism and corruption in the region. This shift towards virtual assistance offers numerous advantages and allows for frequent-regular meetings. Read more

Drug Trafficking: Record prison sentences in Guinea-Bissau

10-04-2020

Twelve people received record prison sentence in early April 2020 following a 1.9 tonne-seizure of cocaine during Operation NAVARA in Guinea-Bissau. The conviction comes after the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime's strengthening of the judicial system. It's the largest haul in the West African nation’s history. Read more

For decades smuggled migrants have been exploited during their journey by their smugglers, yet many fail to report it for fear of reprisal or being returned to their home country.  New draft legislation in the country could now finally deter smuggler networks in West Africa. Two draft laws are under approval by Mauritania’s Council of Ministers. Read more

The first major national action plan to protect, prevent and enforce penalties for human trafficking has been launched in Central African Republic and promises to make the country safer. The national plan is a huge breakthrough for a country of 4.6 million people of which around one million have been forced to flee their homes due to inter-communal clashes, mass violence and political unrest since 2003. Read more

UNODC supports lawyers of the Central African Republic’s Special Criminal Court

19-03-2020

Call for applications were launched on 6 March 2020 to join the Corps special d’avocats of the Special Criminal Court, established in 2015 in Bangui in response to the inter-communcal confrontations and mass violence that have taken place in the Central African Reublic since 2003. This Court is hybrid : it is composed of both national and international magistrates and lawyers. Read more

Non-lethal law enforcement equipment and material such as cameras, telephones and drug testing kits were handed over to authorities in Burkina Faso by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime to support national counterterrorism efforts as part of UN Sustainable Development Goal 16, which  strives to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development. Read more

UNODC encourages cooperation between criminal justice and DSF in Liptako Gourma

06-02-2020

A forum for exchanges between the Defence and Security Forces and the actors of the penal chain of the Liptako Gourma, a cross-border region between Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger, mobilized 54 participants in Tillaberry (Niger) from 22 to 23 January 2020. Organized by UNODC, the forum aimed at improving complementarity and collaboration among security and justice actors in the region. Read more

 

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