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16 Feb 2016 description


This report provides information on the results achieved and activities implemented by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in the context of its Contribution to the United Nations Integrated Strategy for the Sahel (UNISS) from the start of its implementation in January 2014 to November 2015.

19 Jan 2016 description

UNODC Sahel Programme

The objective of the Contribution of UNODC to the UN Integrated Strategy for the Sahel is to support the strengthening of capacities of Governments in the region and enhance the accessibility, efficiency and accountability of criminal justice systems in order to combat drug trafficking, illicit trafficking, organized crime, terrorism and corruption.

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.

15 Apr 2008 description

VIENNA, 15 April 2008 (UNODC) - A number of Ministers from West and Central Africa gathered in Vienna today, in conjunction with the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, to discuss the growing threat of drugs and crime across the centre of Africa.

"The Sahel has become a major transit route for illicit activity", warned the Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Antonio Maria Costa. Trafficking of cocaine, heroin and hashish are becoming common along routes traditionally used to smuggle cigarettes, arms and illegal …

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 …