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Regional Cooperation

From 25 to 27 September 2018, UNODC's Terrorism Prevention Team organized in Dakar the eighth annual meeting of the Sahel Judicial Cooperation Platform (the Sahel Platform) focal points to identify challenges and exchange best practices on current cooperation cases. The annual meeting was attended by 20 participants, including the Sahel Platform...

UNODC and the G5 Sahel agreed, during a joint meeting organized in Nouakchott on 18 July 2018, to strengthen their cooperation in the areas of security and justice including through continued UNODC support towards the empowerment of the PCMS and towards operationalizing the police component of the G5 Sahel Joint Force. Possible future assistance...

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...

Smuggling of migrants is a form of transnational organized crime severely affecting the Sahel and North Africa. Mali, Morocco and Niger are particularly concerned by this phenomenon. In recent years, smuggling of migrants networks have developed and have become more complex, targeting vulnerable populations and using extreme forms of violence and...

Terrorism and transnational organized crime are on the rise in the Sahel, making these challenges among the priorities that moved the Heads of State of Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger to create the G5 Sahel in 2014. In support of this mission to improve security in the Sahel, the G5 Sahel countries established a military force in...

The security situation in the Sahel deteriorated in recent years. To better respond to the security challenges in the Sahel, the Office of the United Nations for Drugs and Crime (UNODC) organizes a meeting each year which brings together both, beneficiary and observer countries of its Sahel Programme to discuss and refocus the strategy of the...

The deterioration of the security situation in the Sahel has enabled transnational organized crime groups and armed groups to grow, and to establish large networks of illicit trafficking in drugs, firearms and even human beings expanding to North Africa. These traffics represent an important source of revenue for terrorist organizations and...

Peace and security in the Sahel region is becoming increasingly challenging. In recent years, terrorism and transnational organized crimes are on the rise, making these issues among the priorities expressed in the convention on the establishment of the G5 Sahel, signed by the Heads of State of Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger in 2014....

The resurgence of terrorist attacks in the Sahel reflects the intensification of this threat in the region. The exchange of information between the G5 Sahel countries is therefore essential to combat this scourge and support the implementation of new national and regional security measures.

Faced with the continuous rise of terrorism in the Sahel, UNODC provides judiciary assistance to the region's States in order to help them better prevent, investigate and prosecute acts of terrorism. In this context, UNODC has organized a regional workshop on the role of supreme courts in the fight against terrorism.

Terrorism and transnational organized crime in the Sahel have seen a preoccupying evolution in recent years, and especially since 2012, when the United Nations Integrated Strategy for the Sahel was launched by the Security Council (UNSC). The evolving nature of the threats affecting the region requires flexible responses by governments. To afford...