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The Law Enforcement, Organized Crime and Anti-Money-Laundering Unit of UNODC is responsible for carrying out the Global Programme against Money-Laundering, Proceeds of Crime and the Financing of Terrorism, which was established in 1997 in response to the mandate given to UNODC through the United Nations Convention against Illicit Traffic in...

In the last few years, West Africa has progressively become one of the world's major transit areas for cocaine trafficking between Latin America and Europe. Cocaine is shipped to West Africa mainly by sea and air, but the bulk of air trafficking takes place using couriers or the postal system. Couriers are persons smuggling drugs using commercial...

Between 2004 and 2007, at least two distinct trans-shipment hubs emerged in West Africa: one centred on Guinea-Bissau and Guinea, and one centred in the Bight of Benin which spans from Ghana to Nigeria. Colombian traffickers transported cocaine by 'mother ship' to the West African coast before offloading to smaller vessels. Some of this cocaine...

West Africa is affected by a wide range of factors which makes it particularly vulnerable to the specific security challenges related to transnational organized crime (TOC), terrorism and corruption. Indeed, in recent years, the region has become increasingly an epicenter for illegal activities associated with drugs, firearms and human trafficking,...

Mr. Pierre Lapaque is a French "Commissaire divisionnaire" of Police (e.g.: Assistant Commissioner) who joined the force in 1982 and worked until the end of 1998 in Regional Crime Squads. Most of his career was spent in the south of France (Marseille, Ajaccio and Nice) as head of the Fraud Squads where he was in charge of numerous...

Terrorism continues to pose a major threat to international peace and security and undermines the core values of the United Nations. In addition to the devastating human cost of terrorism, in terms of lives lost or permanently altered, terrorist acts aim to destabilize governments and undermine economic and social development. Addressing this...

n order to better address the menace of transnational organized crimes, including drug trafficking, UNODC, DPA/UNOWAS, DPKO and INTERPOL launched in 2009 the West African Coast Initiative (WACI), to support the implementation of the ECOWAS Action Plan to Address the Growing Problem of Illicit Drug Trafficking, Organized Crime and Drug Abuse in West...