UNODC’s national training course on investigation and prosecution of firearms trafficking in Mali
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Malian 'Programme national intégré de lutte contre le trafic illicite de drogue' organized a five days training course on investigation and prosecution of firearms trafficking from 3 to 7 December 2018 in Bamako, Mali.
This training aimed to define, develop and promote higher standards of investigation and prosecution of illicit firearms trafficking. In addition, the main objective of this training was to increase participants' practical knowledge in the following areas: firearms investigations methods, investigation triggers, identification and tracing of firearms, intelligence analysis in firearms trafficking context, the use of data and the implementation of international cooperation. During the week-long training, participants benefited from a series of lectures and practical exercises on different topics including firearm identification and tracing, intelligence gathering and investigations, and international cooperation. During the mission in the country, UNODC experts also had the opportunity to meet various counterparts among Malian authorities in order to discuss ongoing support to the country in the fight against illicit firearms trafficking, as well as roadmap for future action, including on capacity building to strengthen firearm tracing procedures.
The training was part of the GFP's project "Countering transnational illicit arms trafficking in the Sahel and Maghreb sub regions" made possible thanks to the contribution from the Governments of Germany.
Activities under the project "Countering transnational illicit arms trafficking in the Sahel and Maghreb sub regions", have been designed to fit UNODC’s and the GFP’s overall strategy in the Sahel and build on work and achievement of previous and ongoing efforts and initiatives of both UNODC and other partner organizations in this field. With the project, the GFP will continue its work to strengthen legislative frameworks; provide continued capacity building to improve the investigation and prosecution of firearms trafficking cases, including at the border level to enhance cross border cooperation; and it will promote the exchange of information among practitioners, leading up to a digest of cases to have a clearer picture of good practices and challenges in the fight against illicit trafficking.
Simonetta Grassi (Mrs.)
Senior Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer
Head of the Global Firearms Programme
Organized Crime and Illicit Trafficking Branch / Implementation Support Section
Division for Treaty Affairs
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime - UNODC
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