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SOUNDBITE (English) Mohamed Ibn Chambas, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa (UNOWA):
The third main element, and one that would prove especially sensitive for national diplomats, was to "rationalize the Department's presence in the field through the establishment of a small network of regional offices that would assist Member States and regional organizations with their preventive diplomacy efforts." (31) These offices, modeled on UNOWA, would provide "a forward and more agile platform to support preventive diplomacy."
(As of late 2011, UNOWA had 24 international staff and UNRCCA just 8.) (34) Moreover, the regional approach to conflict prevention diverged from national diplomacy's emphasis on state-to-state relations.
Although UNOWA has had to deal with frequent coups and crises across West Africa, its main test came in Guinea.
(60.) ECOWAS, "ECOWAS UNOWA Plan Strategies for Peace Security and Development in West Africa," 31 May 2004, http://www.sec.ecowas.int/presse/en/presseshow.php?nb=44& lang=en&annee=2004
The conference, held on 28 October, was organized by the Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS), UNODC and the United Nations Office for West Africa (UNOWA ).
Other highlights of the month, he said, included briefings followed by consultations concerning: the United Nations Operation in Ivory Coast (UNOCI) on 17 January; the United Nations Office in Burundi on 24 January; the United Nations Office for West Africa (UNOWA) on 25 January; and the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) on 29 January.
The United Nations representative for West Africa today offered the world body s support to strengthening the democratic institutions in Niger, according to a press statement from the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA).
Said Djinnit, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for West Africa, met President Mahamadou Issoufou and conveyed the readiness of the United Nations to continue supporting efforts aimed at strengthening institutions and democratic governance, UNOWA said in a press statement.