Peace, Security and Development

In accordance with its mandate and core functions, the Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (OSAA) initiates and coordinates the critical work of the United Nations on the interrelated issues of peace, security and development in Africa.

Logo created by the United Nations for sustainable peaceThe thrust of the work of OSAA in this area reflects the three pillars of the work of the United Nations, which underscore that:

  • there is 'no peace without development,'
  • there is 'no development without peace,' and
  • there is 'no peace and development without human rights.

OSAA operationalises its work on this nexus between peace, development and human rights through the following activities:

Working as one

In preparing the four reports of the Secretary-General, OSAA liaises with other entities within the United Nations System, primarily through the IDTFA, to generate field-based evidence that illustrates the operational linkages between peace, security, development, governance and human rights.

Construction of a road and a bridge

Reducing the significant deficit in Africa’s infrastructure will result in decreased production and transaction costs, improved competitiveness of businesses, positive impact on foreign direct investment flows to the continent, therefore support the rate of economic and social development on the continent.

In this regard, the Office is intensifying its support to:

The broad definition of OSAA's work on the peace-security-development relationship underscores the interconnections between peace, security, development, governance and human rights, as crucial for the achievement of inclusive and sustainable development in Africa.

OSAA's work on the peace-security-development linkage includes human rights and governance to facilitate alignment with the aspirations and goals of Agenda 2063, the African Union’s comprehensive and integrated 50-year transformative agenda for people-centred development.