• Side Event on the margins of the UN High-level Counter-Terrorism Conference

    Theme: Leveraging Partnerships and Strengthening Cooperation with Women to Counter and Prevent Violent Extremism and Terrorism in Africa

    The Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (OSAA), the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) and the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), in collaboration with the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT), the Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations and the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations, will co- organize a side event on the margins of the first-ever United Nations High-level Counter-Terrorism Conference.

  • High-Level Side Event: at the 62nd Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (New York, 15 March 2018)

    Theme: African Women’s Decade: Stepping Up Action for & with Rural Women to 2020

    The United Nations Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (UN-OSAA), African Union (AU), and United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN-Women) are organizing the high-level side event, during the 62nd Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 62), scheduled to take place from 12th to 23rd March 2018, at UN Headquarters (UNHQ) in New York.

  • ECOSOC Youth Forum 2018: Regional Breakout Session on Africa (New York, 30-31 January 2018)

    Theme: The Role of African Youth in Winning the Fight Against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Resilient Urban and Rural Communities

    The United Nations Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (UN-OSAA) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), with additional co-organization from the UNDP Regional Bureau for Africa, the African Union Youth Division (AUC), the African Development Bank (ADB), the NEPAD Agency, the African Peer Review Mechanism Secretariat (APRM), and the Pan-African Youth Union (PYU) are organizing the Regional Breakout Session on Africa during the upcoming 7th ECOSOC Youth Forum, scheduled to take place from 30-31 January 2018, at UN Headquarters in New York. The Breakout Session will take place on Wednesday, 31 January 2018, from 9:00 am – 11:00 am, in Conference Room 5 at United Nations Headquarters.

  • The Launch of the 2017 Economic Report on Africa
    (New York, 8 December 2017)

    Theme for 2017 "Urbanization and Industrialization for Africa’s Transformation"

    The 2017 Report provides governments with a policy framework within which urban growth can be leveraged for Africa’s industrialization. It also provides critical insights for harmonized regional frameworks in Africa to help implement the New Urban Agenda, in line with the Second Ordinary Session of the African Union Specialized Technical Committee (AU-STC 8) on Public Service, Local Government, Urban Development and Decentralization..

  • Observance of Africa Industrialization Day (New York, 21 November 2016)

    Theme for 2017: "African Industrial Development: A Pre-Condition for an Effective and Sustainable Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA)"

    The Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) was launched by African Heads of States in 2015 to create a single market for Africa. As the first flagship project of the African Union’s (AU) Agenda 2063, the CFTA aims to open the economies of fifty-four African countries to trade, combined possessing a population of more than one billion people and a gross domestic product of more than US $3.4 trillion.

  • Africa Week 2017 (New York, 16 - 20 October 2017)

    Theme for 2017: "Supporting an Integrated, Prosperous, People-centred, Peaceful Africa: Towards the Implementation of Agenda 2063 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development"

    Africa Week celebrates and showcases Africa’s continuous advancements and achievements with respect to social, economic, political and environmental development. The Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (OSAA) and its partners organize a week-long series of events on Africa on the margins of the General Assembly Debate on Africa’s development.

  • Peace, Security and Development Nexus (Cape Town, 28 - 29 September 2017)

    Sharing Research and Knowledge on Managing Transition from Stabilization to Long-term Peacebuilding and Development with African Centres of Excellence

    The meeting will serve as a forum for stakeholders to develop and refine recommendations to update the knowledge base of African peacekeeping and peacebuilding training centres, building from recent peace operations and post-conflict reconstruction and development experiences in Africa.

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Africa in Transformation

  • Agenda 2063, The Future We Want for AfricaAgenda 2063 is a vision for Africa by Africans for "an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the global arena."
  • Africa is home to 20 % of the world youth, and 75 % of the population on the continent is under the age of 35. Africa’s youth presents immense opportunities for the continent.
  • TICAD 6 logo
    The Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD-VI) will be held on 27 & 28 August 2016 in Nairobi. Learn more about OSAA at TICAD-VI.
  • Sustainable Development GoalsThe UN General Assembly reaffirmed its support to Africa in the new 2030 Agenda for sustainable development.