UN Regional Office for Central Africa


The United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA) was established on 1 January 2011. Based in Libreville (Gabon), it was officially inaugurated on 2 March 2011.

In a letter to the Security Council on 11 December 2009 (S/2009/697), the Secretary-General gives details on the mandate of the Office, stressing its crucial importance in strengthening the role of the United Nations in the promotion of peace and security in Central Africa.

The mandate of UNOCA has been extended several times for 18 months. On 31 August 2015, the Security Council renewed it for a period of three years (until 31 August 2018) to allow the Office to help addressing new challenges such as prevention of electoral violence, terrorist attacks (including those of Boko Haram), etc.