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In endorsing the New Partnership for Africa's Development NEPAD)as the framework for development, the Secretary-General concluded and the General Assembly agreed through resolution A/RES/57/300 of 20 December 2002 that the UN should play a number of key roles in supporting NEPAD. This is important because while NEPAD is African-owned and consists of a set of African-driven development priorities, Africa still requires the support and involvement of many stakeholders.

The Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (OSAA) is responsible for the UN's global advocacy in support of NEPAD. This involves creating awareness about NEPAD amongst a variety of stakeholders, including donors, civil society, and the private sector. OSAA has a particular interest in promoting cooperation between developing countries themselves under the South-South cooperation.

A critical element in OSAA's advocacy role is to encourage Africa's development partners to expand support in various forms: foreign direct investment, increased aid, trade liberalization, extended debt forgiveness, increasing credit guarantee financing and support for small and medium-scale enterprises.

In 2004, the Secretary-General established an Advisory Panel on International Support for the New Partnership for Africa's Development (SAPIS-NEPAD). The SAPIS-NEPAD report aims to assist the Secretary-General in monitoring international support for NEPAD and outlines a number of recommendations for further action to support the implementation of NEPAD. The Office of the Special Adviser on Africa serves as secretariat for SAPIS-NEPAD.

SAPIS-NEPAD

The Secretary-General established the Advisory Panel on International Support for NEPAD at the Summit of the African Union on 6th July, 2004, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The Advisory Panel addresses the critical need to increase mobilization of financial resources in order to facilitate and expedite the implementation of the NEPAD programmes and priorities.

The mandate of the advisory panel is to review and assess the scope and adequacy of international support for the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), conduct a dialogue with African development partners, including the UN system with a view to promoting support for NEPAD and make recommendations to the Secretary-General on actions to be taken by the international community to enhance support for the implementation of NEPAD.

The Report of the SAPIS-NEPAD Panel contains recommendations to the Secretary-General on actions needed to enhance international support for NEPAD. The Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (OSAA) provides the substantive servicing for the panel.

SAPIS-NEPAD REPORTS

First Report of the Secretary-General's Advisory Panel on International Support for The New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD): From Rhetoric to Action: Mobilizing International support to Unleash Africa's Potential, 3 June 2005 (E) (F)

Second Report of the Secretary-General's Advisory Panel on International Support for The New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD): From Commitments to Results: Moving foward NEPAD Implementation, 13 July 2006 (E) (F)

Monitoring progress by the Donor community in support of Africa

Speaking For African Progress, Panel Kofi Annan Urges Germany To Keep G8 Promises Of Aid To Africa

Financing for Development in Africa- From Abuja to Accra: The journey so far- Abdoulie Janneh, UN USG and Executive Directior, ECA

Monitoring Mechanisms for Tracking the Progress in Implementing the Development Commitments to Africa: A Brief Review, UN -OSAA