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Measures Against Organized Crime

West Africa is affected by many threats and criminal activities. In Mali, the porous borders along with political, economic and social instability contribute to the development of criminal networks and illicit activities such as firearms trafficking, drug trafficking, smuggling of migrants and trafficking in persons. Trafficking in persons is the...

Trafficking in persons is a complex reality in Niger. As a country that acts as a departure, transit, and destination point for trafficking victims, Niger must address the expansion of criminal networks, both domestically and internationally. Nigerien authorities have made the fight against this phenomenon a government priority and have set up a...

To better anticipate and respond to cross-brder threats in the Sahel sub-region, such as illicit trafficking and terrorism, G5 Sahel States (Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger) decided to create a "Security Cooperation Platform" (SCP, in French "Plateforme de cooperation en matière de sécurité") to increase information exchange between...

West Africa is severely affected by drug trafficking. The growth in trade volumes between countries has led to an increase in suspicious goods transiting through the region, and has made the work of narcotic repression services more difficult. In addition to drugs, medications used to relieve certain conditions such as sleep deprivation, anxiety,...

In 2014, Ministers in charge of the security of the G5 Sahel States created a regional police cooperation mechanism under the name "Security Cooperation Platform" (SCP), in order to provide a coordinated and organized response to the threats weighing on the region. In January 2017, UNODC submitted a proposal to support the operationalization of the...

In 2014, the Ministers in charge of the security of the G5 Sahel states created a regional police cooperation mechanism under the name "Security Cooperation Platform" (PCMS), in order to provide a coordinated and organized response to the threats weighing on the region. UNODC submitted in January 2017 to the G5 Sahel Permanent Secretariat, a plan...

Trafficking in persons has become a growing concern in West Africa and particularly in the Sahel. To better respond to the significant challenges posed by this phenomenon, regional institutions and governments have initiated policies and actions. Since 2010, Mali has been committed to the fight against trafficking in persons and smuggling of...

Magistrates play a leading role in the fight against trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants. Recent years, especially in the Sahel region, have shown that supporting the development and strengthening of curricula from magistrate schools is one of the most sustainable and comprehensive solutions to thwart the modus operandi of regional...

The destabilizing effect of drug trafficking and transnational organized crime in West African countries and its impact on development, security and populations' well-being is extremely serious. In Mali and the Sahel region, these illicit activities affect economic growth, while also weakening investments and peacekeeping efforts.

Upon request from the Government of Mali and in the context of several multilateral projects, UNODC and the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) have joined forces to provide technical support to the National Coordination Committee on the fight against Trafficking in Persons and Assimilated Practices.

Countries in the Sahel region face multiple challenges affecting both national and human security. As evidenced by the recent terrorist attacks in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger, as well as the important illicit flows of migrants, firearms and drugs passing through the Sahelo-Saharan strip, these threats are transnational in nature. In response, the...

The spread of new technologies provides new opportunities for both governments and non-state actors, including those committed against transnational crime and terrorism. Increasingly, transnational organized crime networks (including drug traffickers) and terrorists are exploiting the Internet in recruiting, radicalizing, spreading hate messages...

Transnational crime networks, which thrive on regional crises and border vulnerabilities, represent one of the many challenges Sahelian Sates are facing. To strengthen authorities' responses to these challenges, and in particular those related to trafficking in person and smuggling of migrants, UNODC organized a training session from 10 to 14 April...