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L'Unité d'application de la loi, de la lutte contre la criminalité organisée et le blanchiment d'argent de l'ONUDC est responsable du Programme global contre le blanchiment d'argent, les recettes du crime et le financement du terrorisme, qui fut créé en 1997 en réponse au mandat attribué à l'ONUDC par la Convention des Nations unies contre le...

Money laundering and related illicit financial activities have a devastating impact on economic, security, and social spheres. They continue to pose serious challenges to most Member States in the region, due to the existence of cash based economies and a combination of deficient legal frameworks, weak border controls and poor regulatory...

La consommation de drogue, le trafic, la production et la culture de substances illicites affectent la plupart des pays du monde, ce qui pose des problèmes de santé publique, de développement et de sécurité aussi bien dans les pays industrialisés que ceux en développement. L'utilisation d'opiacés et de stimulants de type amphétamine (ATS), comme la...

La traite des personnes est l'une des plus graves violations des droits de l'homme du monde moderne, apportant des bénéfices élevés aux trafiquants grâce à l'acquisition et l'exploitation des êtres humains par des moyens illicites tels que la force, la fraude ou la tromperie. Le trafic illicite de migrants implique la facilitation de l'entrée...

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...

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,...