United Nations Office for West Africa

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The United Nations Office for West Africa (UNOWA) was established by the United Nations Secretary-General in 2001 to enhance linkages between the United Nations and other partners in the region.[1] United Nations Office for West Africa is an organization that focuses on the humanitarian problems in the region, such as maintaining peace and helping people cope after long conflicts and civil wars in the region. It is the first United Nation’s office that specifies on solving human rights issues in West Africa.[2] Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah was the first head of the office.[3] who was replaced Lamine Cissé which was in the office 2007-2008. Before that Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah who was also in the office from 2002 to 2007.The current head of UNOWA is Mohamed Ibn Chambas.[4] The Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, has just announced the appointment of Said Djinnit as his Special Envoy fort the Great Lakes region.

UNOWA remains a relatively small political mission focussing on cross-cutting and cross-border developments which actively works with ECOWAS.[5] The organization reports its concerns to the Security Council of the United Nations;Since 2007 it has been called on to report on its activities to the United Nations Security Council every six months.[6] For example, they raised the issue that the Islamist groups in Mali need to be intervened.[7] Additionally, it discussed the issue of drag business in the region. During the organization’s monthly report in July 2012, it reported that 100 tons of cocaine was shipped from the Sahel which 40 percent of it went to Europe.[8]


  1. ^ United Nations Security Council Document 1128. S/2001/1128 26 November 2001. Retrieved 2009-02-03.
  2. ^ “West Africa.” United Nations: Department of Political Affairs. Web. 18 Apr 2013. http://www.un.org/wcm/content/site/undpa/main/activities_by_region/africa/west_africa
  3. ^ United Nations Security Council Document 770. Letter dated 11 July 2002 from the Secretary-General addressed to the President of the Security Council S/2002/770 11 July 2002. Retrieved 2009-02-03.
  5. ^ United Nations Security Council Verbatim Report 6073. S/PV/6073 page 2. Said Djinnit UNOWA 21 January 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-03.
  6. ^ United Nations Security Council Document 39. Report of the Secretary-General on the United Nations Office for West Africa S/2009/39 15 January 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-03.
  7. ^ Dakar. “Preserve Human Rights in Addressing New Threats to Peace and Security in West Africa.” UNOWA, 3 Apr 2013. Web. !8 Apr 2013. http://unowa.unmissions.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=vmY8qrll2Bs%3d&tabid=706&mid=1681
  8. ^ “July 2012 Monthly Forecast.” Security Council Report, 29 June 2012. Web. 17 Apr 2013. http://www.securitycouncilreport.org/monthly-forecast/2012-07/lookup_c_glKWLeMTIsG_b_8192001.php

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