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Briefings

  • OSAA organized a Briefing on NEPAD and APRM by Dr. Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, Chief Executive, the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency, on 16 October 2009.
  • Briefing on NEPAD by Prof. Firmino Mucavele, Executive Director, NEPAD Secretriat---The Office of the Special Adviser on Africa organized a briefing on the progress in the implementation of NEPAD by Mr. Mucavele on 17 September 2007. Members of Permanent and Observer Missions, officials of the United Nations, the media and representatives of accredited non governmental organizations, among others, attended the briefing which was chaired by Mr. Patrick Hayford, Director and Officer-in-Charge, Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (OSAA).
  • TICAD Steering Committee Meeting in preparation for TICAD IV---The Office of the Special Adviser on Africa, in collaboration with the Japanese Mission to the UN organized a TICAD Steering Committee meeting at the margins of the 62nd Session of the General Assembly. The meeting was held on 1-2 October 2007 at the Japanese Mission in New York. The theme of TICAD IV is “Towards a Vibrant Africa: A Continent of Hope and Opportunity”. The objectives of TICAD IV are to boost economic growth in Africa; to strengthen support for the already self sustaining and strong economic growth in Africa; and to ensure “human security” by assisting to help achieve MDGs and consolidate peace and security in Africa. Finally, TICAD IV will address environmental issues and climate change affecting the African continent.
  • Briefing on China-Africa Relations by Ambassador LIU Guijin, China's Special Representative on African Affairs--- The Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (OSAA), in collaboration with the Permanent Mission of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), organized a briefing on China-Africa relations on 10 September 2007 at United Nations Headquarters. The briefing touched extensively on the salient issues affecting China-Africa’s relations and highlighted specific areas requiring further concrete engagement by the two sides in support of Africa’s peace, security and development objectives. The briefing given by Ambassador LIU Zhenmin, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Permanent Mission of the People’s Republic of China, was done as a follow-up to the 2006 Beijing summit held by the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC).

Panel Discussions and Expert Group Meetings

  • Panel discussion on Recovering from Global Crisis: Towards an Action Plan for Africa and the Least Developed Countries was co-organized by OSAA, OHRLLS and UNU on 25 June 2009 as a side event to the Conference on the World Economic and Financial Crisis and its Impact on Development. The panel's recommendations included: establishing a joint action plan to mitigate the impacts of the crisis on Africa and LDCs, regional integration as a home-grown solution, reform of the international financial architecture, reducing dependence on commodity, and donors to meet their commitment in ODA to Africa and the LDCs. (see Concept note, Programme and Discussion Paper)
  • Expert Group Meeting-"The Private Sector Institutional Response to NEPAD: A Review of Current Experience and Practices"---The Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (OSAA) organized an Expert Group Meeting from 6-7 November 2007. The expert group meeting was a complementary to the one that was organized in 2005 to discuss a study on “The Contribution of the Private Sector to the Implementation of NEPAD”. The study was based on the fact that since its inception, NEPAD had emphasized the central role of the private sector in contributing to economic growth and future development of Africa. As a major stakeholder in Africa’s development and a potential engine of growth, the private sector should play an instrumental role in the successful implementation of NEPAD projects and programmes.
  • Expert Group Meeting-“Promoting International Partnerships in Support of African Peer Review Mechanism implementation” --- The Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (OSAA) organized an Expert Group Meeting from 8-9 November 2007. The objectives of the EGM were to provide a forum for the sharing of experiences and best practices by countries which had undertaken the peer review; to identify ways in which the international community, including the donor community and the UN system, could best contribute to the APRM process; and to contribute to increased collaboration of UN system partners in support of Africa’s development. The Expert Group Meeting discussed the impact of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) process of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) on strengthening governance and development prospects in participating countries, as well as the role of the international community in supporting the implementation process. The main outcome of the meeting culminated in the formulation of a set of recommendations in support of the APRM process.
  • The Secretary-General's Advisory Panel on International Support for NEPAD (SAPIS-NEPAD) met on 22-24 May 2006, in New York, to discuss their supplementary report on progress made since their first report entitled- From Rhetoric to Action: Mobilizing International support to Unleash Africa's Potential. The theme of the second report entitled- From Commitments to Results: Moving foward NEPAD Implementation - reflects the recognition of the progress made since last year but also underlines the importance of undertaking policy measures to accelerate the implementation of NEPAD. The contents of the report include: NEPAD and international support; Building on the Momentum of International Commitments; Regional Measures for Reinforcing International Support; The Salience of Enhanced UN Support for NEPAD; Monitoring of Implementation; and finally, some Recommendations.
  • Report on the Panel Discussion on Multi-Stakeholders’ Perspectives on the Implementation of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD): Four Years After, March 2006 (Panelists reports can be viewed from the Reports and Publications site). A panel discussion on “Multi-Stakeholders’ Perspectives on the Implementation of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD): Four Years After” was held on 13 October 2005 at United Nations Headquarters in New York. The panel discussion was organized by the Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (OSAA) to coincide with the joint debate of the General Assembly on African issues. The main objective of the panel discussion was to allow participants of diverse professional background, expertise and policy experience to share their perspectives on the challenges and actions needed to advance the implementation of NEPAD, with a view to deepen the process of involvement and commitment by all stakeholders.

  • International Conference on DDR and Stability in Africa--The Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (OSAA) organized a follow-up conference to the International Conference on DDR and Stability in Africa held in Freetown, Sierra Leone, from 21 to 23 June 2005. The conference built on the achievement of the Freetown Conference and focused on the African-owned processes to enhance effective policy formulation and strategy implementation in African DDR programmes through sharing practical experiences of African countries themselves, as well as their international partners. The Conference included in-depth discussions on combatants on foreign soil, child soldiers, DDR and SSR, and Transitional justice. The meeting was held in Kinshasa, The Democratic Republic of Congo, on 12-14 June 2007.
  • Natural resources and Conflict in Africa: Transforming a Peace Liability into a Peace Asset- The United Nations Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (OSAA) convened an Expert Group Meeting on “Natural Resources and Conflict in Africa: Transforming a Peace Liability into a Peace Asset” in Cairo, Egypt from 17 to 19 June 2006, in cooperation with the Government of Egypt, to address the key issue of improving governance of natural resource management in post-conflict countries in Africa. The meeting received financial support from the Government of Sweden and from the United Nations Development Programme. The meeting was convened in keeping with the mission of the Office of the Special Adviser on Africa to promote international support for durable peace and sustainable development in Africa, including through advocacy and through facilitating inter-governmental deliberations on critical issues affecting Africa, in particular on the related issues of peace and development. It also forms part of OSAA’s support to the programme activities of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), as mandated, which include as priorities, work on peace and security and good governance.