Stories from UNODC Southern Africa

United against corruption for development, peace and security

 

08 December 2017- In commemoration of the 2017 International Anti-Corruption Day, the Public Service Commission, University of South Africa (UNISA) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) jointly held a day event at UNISA in Pretoria. International Anti-Corruption Day is commemorated annually on 09 December in recognition of the United Nations Convention against Corruption which was signed in Mexico in 2003.  South Africa became party to the convention in 2004. Read More

Preventing and Combatting Smuggling of Migrants through Strengthened Capacity to Examine Security Documents

 

08 December - UNODC organized the first specialized Regional Workshop focusing on document fraud investigations within in the context of migrant smuggling, with the participation of immigration officials and criminal justice practitioners from six countries of Southern Africa. The workshop was implemented from 04-08 December through UNODC's Global Programme against the Smuggling of Migrants. It aimed to support participating States to implement the Protocol against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air, supplementing the UN Convention against Organized Transnational Crime. Read More

Zambia and Kyrgyzstan join forces with UNODC to promote public safety through supporting prison-based rehabilitation programmes

 

21 November, 2017 - As the guardian of the UN Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners (the Nelson Mandela Rules), UNODC has a long history of providing technical assistance and advisory services to the Member States in the field of prison reform. Its Global Programme for the Implementation of the Doha Declaration, therefore, includes a dedicated component on strengthening the rehabilitation of prisoners, including their social reintegration upon release. Read More

Afghan opium production jumps to record level, up 87 per cent: Survey

 

 

15 November 2017 - Opium production in Afghanistan increased by 87 per cent to a record level of 9,000 metric tons in 2017 compared with 2016 levels, according to the latest Afghanistan Opium Survey figures released today by the Afghan Ministry of Counter Narcotics and UNODC. The area under opium poppy cultivation also increased to a record 328,000 hectares (ha) in 2017, up 63 per cent compared with 201,000 hectares in 2016. Read More

Ahead of international launch in 2018, Namibia hosts final regional preparatory meeting for justice system anti-corruption initiative

 

 

17 October 2017 - The final regional preparatory meeting for the upcoming Global Judicial Integrity Network (GJIN) was held in Namibia for Anglophone and Lusophone African countries. From 16 to 17 October, Chief Justices and senior judges from 17 countries gathered to add their voices to what will be the world's first-ever global platform dedicated exclusively to upholding judicial integrity and preventing corruption within the justice system once launched in April 2018. Read More

UNODC GLO.ACT breaks ground in facilitating the first training on Trafficking in Persons for the "amaKhosi" traditional leaders in KwaZulu Natal

 

Durban, South Africa -18 October 2017 - In South Africa, training is highlighted as one of the key interventions in the draft national policy framework on the Prevention and Combatting of Trafficking in Persons Act. South Africa is a primary destination for Trafficking in Persons (TIP) from Asia and the rest of Africa. It is also a source and transit country for TIP and the Smuggling of Migrants (SOM) towards Europe and North America. TIP involves forced labour, sexual exploitation, forced begging and forced criminality. Read More

GLO.ACT at the forefront in the fight against the scourge of Trafficking in Persons (TIP) and Smuggling of Migrants in South Africa

    

The Republic of South Africa is a primary destination for Trafficked Persons in the region and is also an origin or transit country for those trafficking towards Europe and North America. Trafficking affects women, men, and children exploited in forced labour, commercial sex, forced begging and forced criminality. Internally, girls are trafficked from rural to urban areas for sexual exploitation and domestic servitude, whilst boys are often forced into child labour and criminal activities. Trafficking frequently involves a range of criminal networks, dominated by different nationalities in separate locations. Read More

UNODC empowers sports trainers to build resilience of at-risk youth in South Africa

    

In September 2017, UNODC and the Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport (WCDCAS), started to train sports coaches to implement the newly developed Line Up Live Up (LULU) curriculum for youth crime and drug use prevention. Read More

Malawi launches National Plan of Action against Trafficking in Persons


  
 

Lilongwe, Malawi - 29 August 2017 - The Government of Malawi launched its National Plan of Action against Trafficking in Persons (NPATIP) under the theme "Accelerating sustainable partnership; A key to Malawi Action against Trafficking in Persons", as part of the country's commemoration of the World day against Trafficking in Persons. The plan will be the guiding and resource mobilization tool for all stakeholders. UNODC, working in partnership with the SADC Secretariat and the Norwegian Church Aid provided technical assistance to the government of Malawi in the development of the NPATIP. Read More

Southern Africa: UNODC, Africa's rangers at the frontline of the anti-poaching war


  
 

22 August 2017 - As the sun rises over the Kalahari Desert in Botswana, tourists from all over the world enjoy viewing the magnificent wildlife that Southern Africa offers. However, for the Botswana Department of Wildlife and National Parks, every day they have a grim duty to perform. Read More

#Hack4Justice: Students compete to develop games to boost rule of law

   
4 August 2017 - This past week, UNODC's Education for Justice (E4J) initiative held its first ever hackathon (or coding challenge) in South Africa. The event - #Hack4Justice - saw some 34 secondary school students between the ages of 13 and 18 gather in Johannesburg, South Africa to battle it out at the keyboard and show off their ideas and talent in developing educational games focussing on justice and rule of law issues. Read More

UNODC facilitates study visit of DRC counter-terrorism officials to Niger.

   
In May 2017, five Congolese criminal justice and law enforcement officials carried out a study visit to the Service central de lutte contre le terrorisme(SCLT) in Niamey, Niger's counter-terrorism investigation centre. The exchange with their Nigerien counterparts and the visit of the SCLT's facilities provided the officials from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) with a very welcome opportunity to hear first-hand what the challenges and the successful measures were for Niger with regard to effectively organising a national counter-terrorism unit, as well as enhancing inter-agency cooperation between counter-terrorism investigators, prosecutors and judges. The project was generously funded by Japan.. Read More

UNODC-SADC Regional Programme holds annual review meeting to reflect on progress in tackling crime and drugs


 
18 July 2017 -  Under the Regional Programme entitled "Making the SADC Region Safer from Crime and Drugs", UNODC and the bloc assist Member States in policy development and legislation review in line with international norms and standards, capacity building of criminal justice practitioners, infrastructure development, and cross-border cooperation. Read More

UNODC Southern Africa highlights the power of sport for social good this Nelson Mandela Day.

 
 
18 July 2017 - Each year on 18 July, South Africans and people living across the world are encouraged to do 67 minutes of good in celebration of the life and principles of Nelson Mandela: 18 July, marking the birthday of the late icon, and 67 minutes to represent 67 years of his life spent in public service.  Read more

 

UNODC continues to combat gender-based violence, meets SADC to strengthen cooperation on criminal justice


  7 July 2017 - Gender-based violence is a global problem that robs victims of their dignity, security, health and autonomy, and it is a violation of fundamental human rights. According to the recent statistics, one in every five young girls is sexually abused as a child while 33 per cent of women has been beaten, coerced into sex or abused - most often by someone they know. Read More

GLO.ACT South Africa hosts a first of its kind information sharing workshop for all role players involved in the response to trafficking in Persons.

   

Pretoria, South Africa - Following the successful launch of the joint EU-UNODC initiative, the "GLO.ACT -Global Action to Prevent and Address Trafficking in Persons and the Smuggling of Migrants" on the 22 September 2016 in partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in South Africa, an information sharing workshop on the Trafficking in Persons Act from 19-20 June 2017.  Read more

South Africa: UNODC Deputy Executive Director meets Minister of Home Affairs

Mr Aldo Lale-Demoz, Deputy Executive Director/Director of Division for Operations, meets H.E. Prof. Hlengiwe Mkhize, Minister of Home Affairs of South Africa   

Mr Aldo Lale-Demoz, UNODC Deputy Executive Director/ Director of Division for Operations met H.E. Prof. Hlengiwe Mkhize, a newly appointed Minister of Home Affairs of South Africa. Having reconfirmed UNODC commitment to the expansion of cooperation with the Department of Home Affairs, Mr Lale-Demoz informed the Minister on the progress of GLO.ACT's implementation, a project launched in South Africa last year. Read more

International Women's Day - South Africa: Are we doing enough to end violence against women?

   

According to a 2013 global review by the World Health Organization, 35 % of women worldwide have experienced physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence on non-partner sexual violence. It is estimated that one in five girls has been abused in childhood with estimates from some countries as high as one in three. Read more...

Terrorism Financing and the Recruitment of Foreign Terrorist Fighters Workshop

A call for stronger anti-corruption actions in South Africa. Photo: UNODC  

According to the UN Security Council, terrorist organizations such as Al-Qaida, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as Da'esh) and associated groups have attracted over 30,000 Foreign Terrorist Fighters from over 100 Member States. Increasingly, terrorist groups are working to radicalize individuals and incite them to leave their homes to become foreign terrorist fighters (FTFs).   [Read More]

UNODC Hands over Trafficking in Persons Data Collection Equipment to Lesotho

A call for stronger anti-corruption actions in South Africa. Photo: UNODC  

7 February 2017.  Maseru.  UNODC handed over equipment to the Lesotho Ministry of Home Affairs, to enhance the country's data collection capacities on trafficking in persons. [Read More]

The country we would like to live in: A call for stronger anti-corruption actions in South Africa

A call for stronger anti-corruption actions in South Africa. Photo: UNODC  

This year, the  International Anti-Corruption Day (IACD) was celebrated in South Africa under the national slogan "In Partnership towards a National Anti-Corruption Strategy". On the International Day, a meeting was organized to officially launch the broad national consultations on the discussion document for the development of a new Anti-Corruption Strategy.  [Read More]

Wildlife Crime: Following the money to combat a regional scourge

Wildlife Crime: Following the money to combat a regional scourge. Image: UNODC  

Southern African countries are being challenged by increased wildlife crime levels. Organised syndicates, mainly from South-East Asian countries working together with local counterparts have established highly organised routes to traffic wildlife products to South-East Asia.   [Read More]

Zimbabwe Launches the Trafficking in Persons National Plan of Action and adopts the Blue Heart Campaign

 

The Government of Zimbabwe launched its Trafficking in Person National Plan of Action (hereafter "NAPLAC") and adopted the Blue Heart Campaign on the occasion of the commemoration of World Day Against Trafficking in Persons in the capital, Harare.  UNODC, working in partnership with the SADC Secretariat and IOM provided technical assistance to the government of Zimbabwe in the development of the NAPLAC. [Read More] 

Contemporary Issues in the Prevention of Organised Crime - SACJF 2016

 

From 22 - 25 September 2016 and as a follow-up to the July 2015 Regional Judiciary Retreat held in Swakopmund, Namibia, the Southern African Chief Justices Forum (SACJF) returned to Namibia to hold the 2016 Annual Conference and General Meeting under the theme of "Contemporary Issues in the Prevention of Organised Crime". [Read More] 

Southern Africa: A regional response to smuggling of migrants

Regional Programme Steering Committe  

UNODC and the Secretariat of the Southern Africa Development Community partnered in organizing the first ever regional meeting to discuss the challenge that the Region faces in addressing a growing problem of Smuggling of Migrants. [Read More]

UNODC Breaking new Ground in Madagascar

 

Antananarivo, Madagascar - In the first ever visit to Madagascar, SAMIFIN (Madagascar Financial Investigation Unit) hosted members from the UNODC's Asset Recovery Inter- Agency Network for Southern Africa (ARINSA) Secretariat for meetings and discussions designed to forge new partnerships between ARINSA and Madagascar. [Read More]

Steering Committee reviews Regional Programme implementation

Regional Programme Steering Committe  

Representatives from Angola, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe, SADC Secretariat and UNODC ROSAF came together on 23 November 2015 at the Headquarters of SADC to discuss the progress made in cooperation under the Regional Programme for "Making the Southern African Region Safer from Drugs and Crime". [Read more]

Swaziland launches Victim Identification Guidelines and Referral Mechanism for assisting Victims of Human Trafficking

 

Swaziland, like other Member States of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), is a source, transit and destination country for human trafficking. Women and children from Mozambique, South Africa, Nigeria and Asia have been trafficked to and across Swaziland for sexual exploitation, domestic servitude and, labour exploitation on the farms, as street vendors, in car-wash businesses and on construction sites. [Read more]

ARINSA: Follow the Money 5th Annual General Meeting 2016

 

The UN General Assembly, at its Thirteenth Special Session devoted to the World Drug Problem, highlighted the need "to strengthen and utilize existing and relevant regional, as appropriate, sub-regional and international networks for the exchange of the operational information to prevent and counter money-laundering, illicit financial flows and terrorist financing" (the UN GA resolution A/RES/S-30/1 adopted on 19 April 2016). [ Read More]

UNODC and SADC Secretariat discuss Joint Regional Programme implementation

UNODC&SADC  

On July 28, 2015, the UNODC Regional Office for Southern Africa (ROSAF) held a meeting with the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Secretariat to discuss the progress made under the joint Regional Programme "Making the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Region Safer from Crime and Drugs". [Read more]

Namibia secures first conviction for trafficking in persons

  In August 2015, the Windhoek High Court handed down the country's first conviction under the national Prevention of Organised Crime Act, which made trafficking in persons a criminal offence in its own right.  [Read more]

Botswana Joins International Efforts to Curb Trafficking in Persons

  Palapye, Botswana - On July 30, 2015, UNODC joined the Government of Botswana, the European Union Delegation and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Secretariat in commemorating World Day against Trafficking in Persons.  [Read more]

Lesotho hosts UNODC Regional Expert Group Meeting on HIV Prevention and Condom Programming in Prisons

Minister of Justice and Correctional Services - Lesotho   Maseru, Lesotho - From 23-25 June 2015 the Lesotho Correctional Service hosted experts and practitioners from 12 Southern African countries convened by UNODC to discuss the practical implementation of HIV prevention services in prison settings. [Read more]

UNODC Regional Representative meets SADC Executive Secretary on cooperation against crime and drugs

  Gaborone, Botswana - Newly appointed UNDOC Regional Representative, Ms. Zhuldyz Akisheva, met Dr. Stergomena Lawrence Tax, the Executive Secretary of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) on 12 May 2015 at the SADC Secretariat in Gaborone, Botswana. [Read more]

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UNODC Southern Africa Mandate

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is a global leader in the fight against illicit drugs, transnational organized crime, terrorism and corruption. In working on these issues, UNODC is the guardian of most of the related conventions, namely:

  • The United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and its three protocols (against trafficking in persons, smuggling of migrants and trafficking in firearms)
  • The United Nations Convention against Corruption
  • The international drug control conventions

UNODC was established in 1997 as a result of the merging of the United Nations Centre for International Crime Prevention and the United Nations International Drug Control Programme. It was established by the Secretary-General of the United Nations to enable the Organization to focus and enhance its capacity to address the interrelated issues of drug control, crime and international terrorism in all its forms.

In the same year, UNODC Southern Africa was formed and now covers 11 countries in the region, namely: Angola, Botswana, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The funding of UNODC's programmes is fully dependent on the continued support of the donor community.

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