UN's drug agency to fight organized crime in war torn countries

Two billion dollars worth of cocaine and other drugs transit through West Africa every year from Latin America bound for Europe, according to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime or UNODC.

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Drug traffickers, money-launderers, and those who plunder natural resources thrive in unstable countries, says the UNODC Executive Director, Yuri Fedetov, so he’s joining forces with the UN’s Department of Peacekeeping Operations or DPKO to fight organized crime in those areas.

Fedetov says the agency has already set up a pilot project in the West African region:

“West Africa is an important hub of illicit trafficking in drugs but also other forms of illicit trafficking and organized crime bearing in mind its location half way between Central and Latin America and Europe and as well as porous borders, bad governance, lack of border control, corruption so we are going to start with this west coast initiative as a pilot project involving mostly the countries where DPKO has presence on the ground.”

Somalia is another troubled zone where UNODC is helping to organize the prosecution and jailing of pirates captured by international forces.

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