Within the framework of the Organization's overall strategy and in accordance with the decisions of its governing bodies, the Regional Office for Central Africa is responsible for ensuring the implementation of regional strategic orientations while meeting the specific needs of countries in UNESCO's various fields of competence. The new architecture of the field system in Africa also aims to foster synergies with the regional economic communities.
The mandate of the UNESCO Office in Yaoundé covers the following countries: Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Sao Tome and Principe and Gabon.
One of the main responsibilities of this office is also to build and develop partnerships and mobilize the necessary resources to support the achievement of regional and national priorities, including joint programming with the United Nations system. The Regional Bureau will be directly responsible for the implementation of UNESCO's programmes in all the countries it covers, except those in which national offices are established, on which it will exercise a supervisory role.
In accordance with the Organization's objectives and strategic programme directions, they have overall responsibility for and report on the development and implementation of programmes implemented in the region, with the exception of countries with national offices. They have a control function over national offices and a supervisory role over antennas. They ensure high-level representation in the region so that the various contributions to the formulation of regional strategies are coordinated; in doing so, they work with and report to Headquarters. They provide technical input to regional and sub-regional organizations, as well as technical support to national and organizational structures at the antennae. They establish regional partnerships to mobilize additional resources for regional and national programmes. They ensure the coordination of the contribution of the UNESCO network in the broad sense, including category 1 and 2 institutes and UNESCO Chairs. They are responsible for financial and human resources management in their region - except in countries where national offices are established.
1961: Memorandum of discussions between the Director-General of UNESCO and the authorities of the Government of Cameroon; Headquarters Agreement between the Government of Cameroon and UNESCO concerning the Office in Yaoundé
1962: Accession of Cameroon to UNESCO and creation of the National Commission for UNESCO
1969: Creation of the Cameroon Federation of UNESCO Clubs and Associations
1986: Signature of the memorandum: Basic document of UNESCO Cameroon Cooperation
1991: Official reopening of the UNESCO Office in Yaoundé
1996: Signing of the memorandum, basic document of UNESCO/Cameroon cooperation
2002: The Yaoundé Office becomes the Multi-Country Office for Cameroon, CAR, and Chad
2013: the Cluster Office becomes the Regional Office for Central Africa