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News in Brief 1 July 2020

  • Activist, 14, tells UN Human Rights Council to protect environment 

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  • UNESCO urges caution over fraudulent African artefacts sold in its name

UN News/Matt Wells

Sahel countries making progress towards “credible, functioning justice systems”: UNODC

Despite the challenge of trying to decriminalize centuries-old smuggling routes and cross-border terrorism, the countries of the Sahel are showing progress in building “credible, functioning justice systems.”

That’s according to Pierre Lapaque, who represents the vast African region for the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), who told Matt Wells the deaths of four peacekeepers in Mali on Wednesday, highlighted the on-going dangers.