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"

Video 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 PDF or the event's brochure PDF.

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.

Background

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:

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.

Focus

Programme of the Africa Week 2014 on a table, ready to use by participants to the sessionsSince 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.”