The Regional Office for West and Central Africa of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC ROSEN) is located in Dakar, Senegal, and covers 22 countries (15 in West Africa and 7 in Central Africa), where French, English, Portuguese, and Spanish are spoken.
The Office responds to the challenges presented by the region, and to the call for support from member states. A cross-cutting and multilateral strategy based on the principles of shared responsibility is developed and implemented in the most effective way for peace building, Security sector reform, National institution building, and capacity building efforts to contribute to the creation of an environment conducive to socioeconomic development for the benefit of the people of West Africa.
UNODC is represented in the region by the Regional Office for West and Central Africa located in Dakar, a Country Office in Nigeria, as well as a network of Programme and Project Offices in other countries in the region. This presence of UNODC in the region ensures that sufficient expertise and capacity is in place to drive forward the Regional Programme and respond to national priorities throughout West Africa.
The vision of UNODC ROSEN is to contribute to and support the efforts of West and Central African States, as well as those of Regional Organizations and the Civil Society, to respond to evolving human security threats and to promote the rule of law and good governance.