Africa Week 2015 in the Context of the United Nations 70th Anniversary (12 - 16 October 2015)
Theme: "Agenda 2063 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – Moving from Aspirations to Reality"
Videos of individual meetings are available on corresponding web pages.
In 2015, Africa Week was held from 12 to 16 October under the theme, “Agenda 2063 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: Moving from Aspirations to Reality”. It was celebrated in the context of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations. Download the Save the Date announcement or the event's brochure .
During the week, the Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (OSAA) aimed to popularize and mobilize international support for African Union (AU)’s Agenda 2063 and its First Ten-Year Implementation Plan, as well as to highlight their synergies with the global 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 Week also brings to the fore awareness on the new and emerging challenges confronting the continent, with an aim to mobilize international support at the global level for Africa’s development priorities and its inclusive transformative agenda.
Africa Week is an annual event organized on the margins of the General Assembly Debate on Africa’s development by the Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (OSAA) in close collaboration with its strategic partners including:
- Member States,
- the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) ,
- the Department of Public Information,
- the African Union ,
- the NEPAD Agency ,
- the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) Secretariat , and
- the African Regional Economic Communities (RECs).
Over the past four years, participation in the Week has not only increased and widened, but also become high profile with the United Nations Secretary-General having launched the event in the recent past. The UN Deputy Secretary-General and the President of the General Assembly regularly actively participate in the Week, which now features the active participation of the African Union Commission and the African RECs, as well as representatives of civil society, the private sector, academia, African Diaspora and the media.
Since its launch in 2010, Africa Week has evolved to focus on the wide range of Africa’s development priorities, covering the areas of peace, security, governance, human rights, socio-economic, and environmental development.
Each year, Africa Week features a series of high-level events to engage Member States and other stakeholders on an overarching theme that addresses current priorities on the continent.
In particular, in 2014, the overarching theme for Africa Week was “The Africa We Want: Support of the United Nations System to the African Union's Agenda 2063.”
Monday, 12 October
- 9:30am - 1:00pm:
High-level Event on the Role of African Regional and Sub-regional Organizations in Achieving Regional Integration
- 1:30pm - 2:30pm:
- 3:00 - 6:00pm:
Annual High-level Briefing by Africa’s RECs to UN Member States and UN System Entities
Tuesday, 13 October
Wednesday, 14 October
- 9:00am - 11:00am:
15 Years of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda in Africa: Stocktaking and Perspectives
- 12:15pm - 1:00pm:
Joint Press Conference on Agenda 2063
- 3:00 - 6:00pm:
High-level Event on Youth Development
Thursday, 15 October
- 10am - 1:00pm:
Annual Briefing to United Nations Member States and Entities
- 2:00pm - 3:00pm:
Africa Week at the Library
- 4:00 - 6:00pm:
NEPAD Lecture (Yale University)
Friday, 16 October
Source: programme of events
In The News
- UN Radio: Interview of Mr. Maged Abdelaziz, the Secretary-General's Special Adviser on Africa (11 October 2015)
- UN Radio: UN celebrates Africa Week (12 October 2015)
- UN Radio: Hopes and dreams of African people headline start of UN's Africa Week (12 October 2015)
- UN Radio: Africa committed to "silencing the guns" by 2020 (12 October 2015)
- UN Radio: UN and Africa: focus on UN Africa Week (15 October 2015)
UN News Centre
- UN News Centre: Kicking off ‘Africa Week’ at UN, Ban lauds steps taken for continent’s long-term development agenda (12 October 2015)
External News Sites
- Interview of M. Maged Abdelaziz, Special Adviser on Africa, on CCTV
- Interview of M. Maged Abdelaziz, Special Adviser on Africa, on France 24 (15 October 2015)
- En.Haberler.Com: Latest News Best Way To Silence The Guns Sustainably And Successfully, Abdelaziz (12 October 2015)
- AtlantaBlackStar.com: Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon Commends African Member States of the UN for Establishing a Continental Free Trade Area (13 October 2015)
- Tralac - Building capacity to help Africa trade better: Kicking off ‘Africa Week’ at UN, Ban lauds steps taken for continent’s long-term development agenda (13 October 2015)