United Nations Office for West Africa

Naval Response

No activity implemented or planned

No activity planned or implemented.

Industry Response

No activity implemented or planned

No activity planned or implemented.

Plight of Seafarers

No activity implemented or planned

No activity planned or implemented.

Messaging and Advocacy

No activity implemented or planned

No activity planned or implemented.

Regional Capacity

Ongoing activity
  • Responding to the need for a comprehensive and multi-stakeholder approach, UNODC, UNOWA/DPA, DPKO and INTERPOL set up the West Africa Coast Initiative (WACI). WACI is a joint programme that entails a comprehensive set of activities targeting capacity building, at both national and regional level, in the areas of law enforcement, forensics, border management, anti-money-laundering and the strengthening of criminal justice institutions, contributing to peacebuilding initiatives and security sector reforms. (link)
  • UNOWA, in partnership with UNOCA, has been supporting ECOWAS, ECCAS and the GGC’s efforts toward the development and the adoption of a comprehensive Joint Regional Maritime Strategy to effectively fight piracy and related transnational criminal activities in the Gulf of Guinea . The mechanisms includes the Annual meetings of the Chiefs of Institutions of ECCAS, ECOWAS and GGC and the Inter-regional Coordination Centre (ICC) to be located in Cameroon (link)

Rule of Law

Ongoing activity
  • A cornerstone of the West Africa Coast Initiative (WACI) is the establishment of a Transnational Crime Unit (TCU) in each country. The national inter-agency unit gathers and analyzes information, and develops operational intelligence to support its lead investigative role in the most complex crime cases. TCUs are elite units, manned with staff seconded from national law enforcement agencies, trained and equipped to fight transnational organized crime. UNODC, DPKO/Police Division and INTERPOL provide advisory and mentoring to selected and vetted national staff. (link)

Coordination

Ongoing activity
  • UNOWA coordinates its efforts with UNOCA, UNODC, DPKO, INTERPOL, ECOWAS, ECCAS and the GGC.