8328th Security Council Meeting: Situation in Central African Region

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10-Aug-2018 00:01:04
Security Council presidential statement requests strategic review of Central Africa office mandate at 8328th meeting.

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The Security Council, noting the Secretary-General’s recommendation that the mandate of the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA) be extended for another three years from 1 September, requested today that he conduct a strategic review of the Office’s mandate and activities.

Through presidential statement S/PRST/2018/17, presented by Stephen Hickey (United Kingdom), its President for August, the Council asks that the strategic review — which would include suggestions regarding the coherence of United Nations activities in countries under UNOCA’s mandate — be presented by 1 August 2019.

Created on 1 January 2011, and operating under the purview of the Department of Political Affairs, UNOCA covers the 11 member States of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS): Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Rwanda, and Sao Tome and Principe.

In his 1 June report on the situation in Central Africa and the Office’s activities (document S/2018/521), the Secretary‑General — emphasizing the volatile and fast‑evolving nature of the political, security and social situation in the subregion — recommended extending UNOCA’s mandate until 31 August 2021.

In its presidential statement, the Council recalls the important work of the Secretary‑General’s Special Representative for Central Africa and Head of UNOCA, François Louncény Fall, and acknowledges the Office’s role in promoting inclusive political dialogue, encouraging stability and preventing or mitigating election‑related crises.

On UNOCA’s activities, the Council encourages more cooperation, mutual prioritization and clear division of tasks between UNOCA and UNOWAS, the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), and other United Nations missions in the subregion — as well as with the Secretary‑General’s Special Envoys for the Great Lakes Region and Burundi — in order to avoid duplication and ensure a coherent and streamlined approach to United Nations efforts in the subregion and with a view to strengthening regional and subregional organizations to address cross‑border threats.

The Council remains deeply concerned about the grave security situation and related human rights violations and abuses in parts of Central Africa, particularly the terrorist activities of Boko Haram and other terrorist groups in the Lake Chad Basin. It welcomes the support given by UNOCA and the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS) for the development of a joint regional strategy to address the root causes of the Lake Chad Basin crisis. It also takes note of planned elections in Central Africa and welcomes UNOCA’s ongoing support to States in that regard.

The presidential statement goes on to express its concern about the threat of mercenary activities in the region linked to transnational organised crime, as well as its grave concern at the devastating humanitarian consequences of ongoing violence and conflict. In this regard, it calls upon international donors to make up funding shortfalls for humanitarian operations.

The meeting began at 10:05 a.m. and ended at 10:06 a.m.
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