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Statement by Mr. Maged Abdelaziz Under-Secretary-General and Special Adviser on Africa at the Ministerial Segment: High-Level Policy Dialogue of the Africa Regional Consultative Meeting on the Sustainable Development Goals. 4 – 5 November, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

African Union launches Agenda 2063 website

Press release on the launch of the African Union Agenda 2063 website: PDF

Welcome speech by Mr. Maged Abdelaziz, Under-Secretary-General and Special Adviser on Africa, at the launch of the Economic Report on Africa 2013

Speech | Photos | Webcast

OSAA and four African countries welcome empowerment efforts of rural African populations

Over the past five years, “Innovation:Africa” a youth-led Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) based in New York has completed 63 projects in Ethiopia, Malawi, Tanzania and Uganda, providing lasting changes in the daily lives of almost half a million people so far. The projects range from using solar energy to bringing power to clinics, orphanages, schools, or to pump water and irrigate fields with minimum waste of water. By improving access to clean water, the younger layers of the population have enjoyed most of the benefits: child and maternal mortality rates have been reduced, food security has been strengthened and school enrolment has increased. The access to a reliable source of energy has also improved the quality of healthcare services in these rural communities by allowing medical staff to examine patients after dusk and by ensuring the cold chain for sensitive medicines like vaccines.

Recently, Inovation:Africa has been granted the special consultative status with the ECOSOC (Economic and Social Council of the United Nations). To celebrate this milestone in their history, Innovation:Africa organized an event on the 4th December 2012 at the UN Secretariat Building, inviting representatives from the countries where they operate (Ethiopia, Malawi, Tanzania and Uganda) and OSAA.

As stated by Ms. Sivan Ya’ari, Founder and President of “Innovation:Africa”, “our mission is to bring to African villages innovative technologies developed and used in Israel”.

Thanks to contributions from the Jewish youth community around the globe, these projects have been fully implemented. By developing income generating activities such as charging mobile phones with solar energy, Innovation:Africa ensures the viability and sustainability of their projects.

USG Abdelaziz expressed OSAA’s appreciation for the achievements of Innovation:Africa, highlighting the fact that the average age of the contributors was only 32 years… young and that their donations have contributed to achieving the UN Millennium Development Goals as well as inclusive sustainable development in these four African countries.

Former Ambassador of Zambia to the UN and to the EU and Board Member of Innovation:Africa, Mr. Isaiah Zimba Chabala commented on the dynamism and achievements of the young leadership of Innovation:Africa and encouraged them to expand their efforts in more African countries because their initiatives really make a difference in people’s lives, particularly the most vulnerable.

UNIDO and OSAA collaborate on Africa Industrialization Day

Since 1989, the General Assembly tasked UNIDO with the responsibility of taking the lead in commemorating the “Africa Industrialization Day”. This year’s event benefited from the synergies between UNIDO and OSAA’s staff and triggered a massive participation (120), including around 35 staff members.

On 21 November 2012, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (OSAA) organized jointly a high-level meeting at the UN Headquarters to celebrate Africa Industrialization Day. Under the theme “Accelerating Industrialization for Boosting Intra-Africa Trade”, the meeting deliberated on how intra-African trade could reach its full potential as a driver of sustainable development.

The wide-ranging participation included statements by the President of the 67th session of the General Assembly, the Secretary-General and the African Group, the African Union, UNIDO and UNECA, along with a panel discussion comprising of scholars and practitioners in international development.

The event was opened by Mr. George Assaf, Director and UNIDO Representative to the UN and other international organizations and moderated by Mr. Maged Abdelaziz, Under-Secretary-General and Special Adviser on Africa. The interactive discussion featured Mr. Modest Mero, Minister Plenipotentiary, Permanent Mission of the United Republic of Tanzania, Mr. Steve McDonald, Director, Africa Programme at Woodrow Wilson Center, Mr. Anthony Carroll, Senior Associate, Africa Programme, Center for Strategic and International Studies, and Dr. Michael Clark, Interregional Adviser at UNCTAD.

The President of the General Assembly reaffirmed United Nations’ support to Africa’s prosperity particularly in view of the slow progress in the achievement of Millennium Development Goals on the continent. The Secretary-General highlighted that Intra-Africa trade would improve resilience to macroeconomic and other external shocks as well as the non-reliance on international aid. Intra-regional trade is an effective tool for enhancing global competitiveness and sustainable economic growth.

Africa continues to face persistent hurdles in expanding trade within the continent. These hurdles include low economic and production diversification, high transaction costs, limited investment financing and undeveloped infrastructure. Intra-regional trade accounts for 10-12 per cent of Africa’s commerce, and remains significantly lower than in other regions. Recently, the Forum on African trade indicated the need to raise intra-Africa’s trade level to 25% by 2020.

Webcast on UN Web TV: http://goo.gl/tj0Ee
The UNIDO-UNCTAD report "Economic Development in Africa - Fostering Industrial Development in Africa in the New Global Environment", which was highlighted in our event, is available under: http://goo.gl/W6DqW
Africa Industrialization Day 2012 - Secretary-General's Statement
Africa Industrialization Day 2012 - AU, UNECA, UNIDO Statement

NEPAD at ten: Africa Renewal special feature

On the 10th anniversary of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), Africa Renewal Online in partnership with OSAA presents a comprehensive overview of this important development programme for the continent, together with coverage of NEPAD related events as they happen. Read more.

NEPAD Week at the United Nations Headquarters in New York,
7–10 October 2011

On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the NEPAD Programme, the Office of the Special Adviser on Africa, the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA) and the Department of Public Information are co-organizing the NEPAD Week at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

Various events are scheduled for the period from 7 to 11 October 2011 during the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.

  • High-Level Panel: ‘NEPAD and the MDGs: Progress, Challenges
    and the Way Forward’

    Programme | Concept Note
    Friday 7 October, 10:00 am to 12:15 pm, ECOSOC Chamber, NLB
  • Briefing on Two Secretary-General’s reports and presentations on:
    (i) “Progress and forward looking approaches in the NEPAD implementation —
    10 years On”; and

    (ii) “Improving Governance in Africa through the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM): Progress and Challenges”
    Monday, 10 October, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, Conference Room 6, NLB
  • Special Commemorative Lecture by the CEO of the NEPAD Agency, Dr. Ibrahim Assane Mayaki: ‘Africa’s Decade of Transformation – The NEPAD perspective’
    Monday, 10 October, 18:00 – 20:00 pm, Columbia University, Conference Room of the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), 420 West 118th Street, 15th Floor

Statement by H.E. Cheick Sidi Diarra delivered at the MEDays 2010 Forum in Tangier, Morocco, on 11 November 2010, on the theme "The South: Between crises and emergence" (in French)



Africa needs a strategy for 'emerging partners' (Africa Renewal, December 2010) (Fr)

Report of the Civil Society Consultations on the Comprehensive Review on the Causes of Conflict (10-11 June 2010)

Human Security and Peacebuilding in Africa: the Need for an Inclusive Approach

Economic Diversification in Africa: A Review of Selected Countries (October 2010)

Secretary-General's report "New Partnership for Africa's Development: eighth consolidated progress report on implementation and international support", 23 July 2010 (A/65/167) (F)

Secretary-General's report "A monitoring mechanism to review commitments towards Africa's development needs", 23 July 2010 (A/65/165) (F)

Secretary-General's report "Implementation of the recommendations contained in the report of the Secretary-General on the causes of conflict and the promotion of durable peace and sustainable development in Africa", 20 July 2010 (A/65/152 - S/2010/526 ) (F)

Folder on UN system support to NEPAD


On 18 October 2010, the Office of the Permanent Observer of the African Union and the Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (OSAA) co-organized a Briefing by African Regional Economic Communities (EAC, IGAD and SADC) to Member States, on their work, areas of strength, challenges and support needed from the international community.

On 11 October 2010, OSAA organized a briefing to Member States on NEPAD, with the participation of Mr. Cheick Sidi Diarra, Under-Secretary-General, and UN Special Adviser on Africa, Mr. Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, CEO of the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency, and Mr. Eckhard Deutscher, Chair of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC):

On 20 September 2010, as a side event to the MDG Summit, OSAA in cooperation with UNECA and OECD organized the Launch of Two Reports – The 2010 Mutual Review of Development Effectiveness in Africa; and Africa’s Cooperation with New and Emerging Development Partners

On 2 July 2010, in conjunction with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) High-level Segment, OSAA co-organized a Ministerial Roundtable Breakfast titled “Economic Opportunities for the Empowerment of Women in Africa and LDCs: Access to Credit, Land, and Markets” with the Office of the High Representative for Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (OHRLLS) and the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM). Participants included Ministers and high-level government officials, representatives of UN system entities and civil society. The meeting highlighted practical methods of ensuring the availability of services to women in least developed countries through innovative approaches to microfinance, formal banking systems, and national policies on women’s control over land, technology and markets.

On 10-11 June 2010, OSAA conducted consultations with Civil Society on the Comprehensive Review on the Causes of Conflict with a view to ensure that the views, insights, and recommendations of civil society organizations were adequately taken into account during the comprehensive review process and properly reflected in the final Report of the Secretary-General. 

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