The Situation: Terrorism in the Sahel
The threat posed by terrorism constitutes a serious danger for peace, stability and development in the Sahel region. To face this challenge, the Sahel countries are making considerable efforts at the national and international level in their active participation to the regional response in the fight against terrorism.
In June 2013, the United Nations developed an integrated strategy for the Sahel, approved by the Security Council, that includes aspects related to fighting terrorism. In this strategy, UNODC is called on to reinforce security mechanisms at the national and regional levels to respond to the cross-border threats, notably through a variety of actions from technical assistance to legislative assistance to specialized training activities. UNODC formulated its response for the period from 2013-2017 through a strategic framework titled, "UNODC's Contribution to the United Nations Integrated Strategy for the Sahel" (also known as the UNODC Sahel Programme).
Therein, UNODC is mandated to provide the support needed to the countries that request assistance in their efforts to adopt and implement criminal justice measures in the fight against terrorism. UNODC supports the national efforts strengthening and developing legislative frameworks, policy and strategies against terrorism and its financing, in line with international conventions and protocol, human rights principles and norms based on the rule of law, notably through its assistance to the strengthening of legislative and political frameworks, to improve the knowledge and the skills to investigate and carry out prosecutions.