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.
Background, rationale and scope of the regional seminar
Contexte, raison d’être et portée du séminaire régional
Le Bureau régional des Nations Unies pour l’Afrique centrale (UNOCA) continue de suivre avec une grande attention la situation dans les régions du Nord-Ouest et du Sud-Ouest du Cameroun. L’UNOCA est particulièrement préoccupé par la recrudescence de la violence, y compris celle visant les populations civiles et les agents de l’Etat, notamment les forces de défense et de sécurité dont des membres ont perdu la vie lors d’attaques dans différentes localités de ces deux régions.
The United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA) continues to closely monitor the situation in the North-West and South-West Regions of Cameroon. UNOCA is particularly concerned by the upsurge of violence, especially against the civilian population and State agents, including the defense and security forces, several members of whom have lost their lives in the course of attacks perpetrated against them in various localities of these two regions.
The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Central Africa and Head of the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA), Mr. François Louncény Fall, has learnt with relief the decision by President Paul Biya instructing that internet services be fully restored in the North-West and South-West Regions of Cameroon, with effect from 20 April.