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Security Council spotlights growing threat of drugs, organized crime in West Africa

The Security Council, deeply concerned over the increasing links between drug trafficking and other forms of transnational organized crime in West Africa, today emphasized the need to enhance regional cooperation and develop effective strategies to combat this growing threat.

West Africa remains ‘fragile’ and needs ongoing support, UN envoy tells Security Council

Despite commendable efforts by leaders of West African countries, the region remains fragile and continues to require ongoing support from the United Nations and the international community, particularly to stem the rise of organized crime, a UN envoy today told the Security Council.

With West Africa at 'crossroads,' UN envoy urges coordinated efforts to tackle instability

Coordinated efforts and enhanced regional and international cooperation are key to address the myriad sources of instability in West Africa, a United Nations envoy told the Security Council today.

Mano River countries and partners agree on need to develop security strategy – UN

Four West African countries, along with United Nations and regional officials, have agreed on the need to develop a joint security strategy for an area that is blessed with natural resources but has been plagued by challenges such as cross-border crime and trafficking.

In visit to Guinea, UN envoy works for calm and dialogue ahead of elections

The United Nations envoy for West Africa met today with a range of Guinean stakeholders to explore ways to resume inclusive political dialogue in the interest of the peaceful preparation and conduct of upcoming legislative elections.

UN peacekeepers agree with Governments of Côte d’Ivoire and Liberia to strengthen security

Two United Nations peacekeeping missions and the Governments of Côte d’Ivoire and Liberia today agreed to mutually reinforce security along the border in light of recent attacks against neighbouring villages and towns, and to conduct joint riverine and land border patrols.

At UN meeting, West African States address threats to human rights

Civil society members, academics and intergovernmental organizations today gathered at a United Nations meeting in Dakar, Senegal, to discuss new threats to human rights in West Africa.

West African stability still endangered by global traffickers, warns new UN report

Cocaine trafficking, the smuggling of migrants, and the trafficking of fraudulent pharmaceuticals are among the numerous damaging illegal activities perpetrated by transnational organized crime syndicates which continue to fuel instability across West Africa, a new United Nations report released today has warned.