About the Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (OSAA)
The Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (OSAA) was officially established
on 1 May 2003 by the Secretary-General (ST/SGB/2003/6), in line with
General Assembly Resolution A/RES/57/7 of 4 November 2002.
The mission of OSAA is to:
- enhance international support for Africa's development and security
through its advocacy and analytical work,
- assist the Secretary General in improving coherence and coordination
of the UN system support to Africa, and
- facilitate inter-governmental deliberations on Africa at the global
level, in particular relating to the New Partnership for Africa's
The Office takes the lead in the preparation of Africa-related reports
and inputs on the New Partnership for Africa's Development. OSAA convenes
an inter-departmental Task Force on African Affairs to improve coherence
in United Nations support to Africa.
Structure of the Office:
The Office is headed at the Under-Secretary-General level by Maged Abdelaziz. The USG is assisted by a Director. There are
two units in the Office: the Policy Analysis and Monitoring Unit (PAMU),
and the Coordination, Advocacy and Programme Development Unit (CAPDU).