Terrorism continues to pose a major threat to the peace and security of West and Central Africa, especially in the Sahel region, which is a key concern and priority for the international community. Several terrorist groups operate in the region, which dramatically intensifies the insecurity in this region.

In addition to the devastating human cost of terrorism, terrorist acts aim to destabilize governments and undermine economic and social development. They often defy national borders and its motivations, financing, methods of attack and choice of target are constantly changing. Terrorists are adept at exploiting countries with weak counter-terrorism capabilities, and even countries which do not currently encounter terrorism threats.

Given the complexity, strong coordination and cooperation within national governments and between states and organizations at the regional and international level is essential to effectively combat terrorism. Moreover, the ability to successfully address the challenges depends on the capacity of national criminal justice systems to administer fair and effective justice for perpetrators of terrorist crimes, and to undertake effective preventive measures in accordance with the rule of law.

UNODC supports national efforts in strengthening and developing legislative frameworks, policies and strategies against terrorism and its financing, in line with international conventions and protocols and human rights principles and rule-of-law based standards


UNODC provides assistance through:

  • Strengthening legislative and policy frameworks ;
  • Enhancing knowledge and skills to investigate and prosecute cases ;
  • Enhancing mechanisms for regional and international cooperation.


Additional Information:

UNODC and terrorism prevention

Technical assistance tools and publications

"When the Dust Settles: Judicial Responses to Terrorism in the Sahel" (published in November 2018, in partnership with UNODC)