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Sahel Programme 2013-2017: Progress Report January 2016

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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.

The objective of the contribution of UNODC to UNISS (short: Sahel Programme) is to strengthen the capacity of governments in the Sahel region to combat drug trafficking, illicit trafficking, organized crime, terrorism and corruption and to enhance the accessibility, efficiency and accountability of criminal justice systems.

UNODC has unique expertise in helping Member States of the United Nations address organized crime and related illicit trafficking and terrorism through legislative, criminal justice and law enforcement advisory services.

The Sahel

The Sahel region refers to Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger. In its programme implementation, UNODC makes linkages with other countries in the region, such as Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Nigeria, Senegal and Togo, as relevant and necessary.

To ensure a comprehensive and sustainable approach to the challenges affecting the region, the neighbouring countries in the Maghreb region (Algeria, Libya and Morocco) also participate in the Sahel Programme.