In carrying out its mandate, UNOCA works closely with the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), the Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa (CEMAC), the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), the Gulf of Guinea Commission (GGC), Lac Chad Basin Commission (LCBC). UNOCA assists them in the promotion of peace and security in the sub-region. In the same vein, UNOCA works in cooperation with the African Union (AU), in particular, to coordinate United Nations efforts to fight against the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). The two institutions have developed a regional strategy that provides for, inter alia, coordinated international humanitarian assistance and peacebuilding initiatives in the countries affected by the activities of the LRA (declared by the AU as a “terrorist group”). The Security Council endorsed the strategy on 29 June 2012.
The 31st African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Gabon (January-February 2017) was an opportunity to strengthen this partnership through several joint actions that allowed to raise awareness on the importance of peace and security for sustainable development and regional integration in Central Africa.