Issues of peace and security in centre of a Seminar
UNOCA/Libreville, October 9, 2011. At the initiative of the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA), Special Representatives of the Secretary General of the UN, Regional Directors and the Resident Coordinators of UN System in Central Africa and the Department of Political Affairs of the United Nations New-York, will me
et in Libreville, the capital of Gabon, from 10 to 11 October 2011 as part of a seminar on issues of peace and security.
The major challenge of this top meeting: engaging the debate on ways tocoordinate effectively,at sub-regional level, efforts by the United Nations in the concerned areas
Participants will mainly focus on the need to develop strategies to support sub-regional initiatives for conflict prevention and peace building as well as those related to conflict resolution, particularly through the capacity building of regional organizations such as the Economic Community of Central Africa States (ECCAS), the Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa (EMCCA), the Great Lakes Community of States (GLCS), etc..
In this context,a special session will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 11, to focus oncross-border threats dominated by incessant attacks perpetrated by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA).The fight against this movement is one of the major tasks entrusted to UNOCA by the Security Council. UNOCA, by this action, is responsible for coordinating the actions of theUnited Nations systemin the affected countries (CAR, DRC,Uganda,South Sudan) and to facilitate cooperation between the United Nations and the African Union (AU).
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ABOUT UNOCA. Inaugurated in March 2011, the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA) based in Libreville (Gabon), offers a range of assistance designated to help States in the sub-region in the areas of conflict prevention and to cooperatively managing possible sources of tensions. UNOCA also offers assistance to sub-regional institutions, including the ECCAS - its main partner - in: building capacity for early warning and mediation. Assistance in organizing free and peaceful elections, the promotion of inter-agency cooperation in the sub-region through the strengthening of Good Governance, Human Rights, the fight against transnational organized crime and small arms trafficking, are also part of UNOCA's mandate. UNOCA covers ten countries: Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, DRC, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, and Sao Tome and Principe. The Office is headed by Mr. Abou Moussa, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General.