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21 Sep 2015 description

UNODC launches strategy against human trafficking and migrant smuggling in West and Central Africa

7 September, 2015 - UNODC recently launched its Regional Strategy for Combating Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants in West and Central Africa. With these two regions considered points of origin, transit and destination for victims of human trafficking and smuggling of migrants, the new Regional Strategy aims to assist the affected countries in dismantling the criminal networks while at the same time protecting the victims of these crimes.

26 Feb 2013 description

25 February 2013 - While transnational organized crime markets and the vast profits they generate clearly continue to fuel instability and hinder development in West Africa, solid information about these markets is hard to come by. A new UNODC report, Transnational Organized Crime in West Africa: a Threat Assessment, sheds some light on some of the key crime issues that affect the region and provides recommendations for the international community to tackle these problems.

24 Feb 2010 description

UNODC Executive Director Antonio Maria Costa has called for concerted efforts to "break the vicious circle between insecurity and underdevelopment". Addressing the Security Council today during a debate on global threats against international peace and security, Mr. Costa said, "Instability attracts crime, and crime deepens instability.

07 Jul 2009 description

Executive summary

West Africa* is arguably the poorest and least stable area on earth. It is also afflicted by a number of transnational trafficking flows, attracted by and aggravating the special vulnerability of this region.

07 Jul 2009 description

Trafficking in persons, drugs, oil, cigarettes, counterfeit medicines, toxic waste and electronic waste ("e-waste") is posing a serious threat to security and development in West Africa.

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A UNODC report issued today in New York shows that in the past few years, West Africa has become a hub not only for cocaine trafficking from Latin America to Europe but also for other trafficking flows.

26 Nov 2007 description

Abidjan, 26 Novembre 2007

Mesdames, Messieurs,

Permettez moi tout d'abord d'adresser un mot de remerciement au Gouvernement de la République de la Côte d'Ivoire de leur soutien pour la tenue de cette réunion d'experts de haut niveau ainsi qu'à nos partenaires de UN.GIFT dans la région, à savoir l'OIM, le BIT, l'UNICEF Côte d'Ivoire, l'ONUCI, la Coalition pour mettre fin à l'utilisation des enfants soldats et Save the Children.

26 Nov 2007 description

Abidjan, 26 November 2007

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Let me begin by thanking the Government of Cote d'Ivoire for its support for this high-level expert meeting. This is the latest in a series of regional events that have been held in the past few months - in Uganda, Brazil, Thailand, South Africa, and India - as part of the Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking also known as UN.GIFT.

This is not a Conference for talk. It is a call to action - to fight a crime that shames us all.

26 Nov 2007 description

Abidjan, 26 November 2007 - At an international meeting on trafficking in children and armed conflict taking place from 26-28 November in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, the Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Antonio Maria Costa, urged governments of West and Central Africa to reduce the vulnerability of children to human trafficking.

Young victims of human trafficking can be found in many countries of the region: children - drugged, coerced, and forced to carry guns almost as big as themselves - become killers, child soldiers on the frontlines of …