U.S. Mission to International Organizations in Vienna
October 12, 2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) is pleased to announce a new $2 million USD voluntary contribution to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime’s (UNODC) Global Programme on Cybercrime, more than a third of which focuses on assisting Ghana.
U.S. funding will help strengthen the ability of Ghanaian law enforcement and criminal justice authorities to investigate, prosecute, and adjudicate cybercrime and cyber-enabled cases. In particular, Ghanaian law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and judges at the Ministry of Justice will receive assistance designed to improve the investigation and prosecution of online child sexual abuse and exploitation cases. In addition, INL’s contribution will support workshops to raise public awareness of the threats posed by the criminal misuse of the internet.
These funds will enhance Ghana’s ability to effectively combat cybercrime and will bolster Ghana’s role as a major hub in combating cybercrime across West Africa.
More information on UNODC’s work combating cybercrime is available on the UNODC website at https://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/cybercrime/global-programme-cybercrime.html
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