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Programme of Events

The Africa Week 2014 will feature the following key activities:

Thursday 9 October 2014

Evening: 6:00 TO 8:00 PM

The Economic and Political Development Concentration, the International Organization Specialization, The Institute of African Studies and the SIPA Pan–African Network invite you to a lecture, discussion and reception on

“Can the Post –2015 Development Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals Help Spur Africa’s Transformation?”

Speaker: Dr. Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, Chief Executive Officer, New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), Midrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Dr. Ibrahim Assane Mayaki

Dr. Mayaki was appointed Chief Executive Officer of NEPAD in 2009. Before joining NEPAD, Dr. Mayaki was the Executive Director of The Platform supporting rural development stakeholders in Western and Central Africa (The Rural Hub), located in Dakar in Senegal. From 2000 to 2004, Dr. Mayaki was a visiting professor at the University of Paris XI where he taught international affairs and international organizations. In January 1997, under the presidency of Ibrahim Baré Maïnassara, Dr. Mayaki joined the cabinet as Minister in charge for African Integration and Cooperation, before holding the position of Foreign Minister. From 1996 to 2000 he served in a number of government positions in Niger, including serving as Minister for African Integration and Cooperation, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Prime Minister. Previously, he served as professor of Public Administration and Management in Niger and Venezuela where he served during the periods 1978-1982 and 1985-1987. Dr. Mayaki holds a Master’s Degree from the National School of Public Administration, Québec, Canada and a PhD in Administrative Sciences from the University of Paris. More information on NEPAD’s website.

With the participation of Jean-Baptiste Natama, Chief of Staff to the Chairperson of the African Union Commission.

Commentary by Akbar Noman, Adjunct Associate Professor of International Public Affairs, Columbia University and Senior Fellow at the Initiative for Policy Dialogue.

Registration is required (

Venue:Room 1501, IAB, Columbia University (420 W 118th Street)
Reception to follow

Lead Organizers: NEPAD Agency, Institute of African Studies, SPAN, Columbia | SIPA

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Monday 13 October 2014


“The Africa We Want: Support of the United Nations system to the African Union’s Agenda 2063.” This will be structured as an interactive discussion and it will start with inaugural address from the President of the United Nations General Assembly 69th Session (TCB) to be followed by presentations by the African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security (on peace and security aspects), the CEO of the NEPAD Agency and Interim CEO APRM (on the development and finance aspects), African Peer Review Mechanism (on governance and human rights aspects), and the African Development Bank (on the nexus between peace, security, development and good governance and rule of law and other aspects). The panel will feature a diverse range of participants: UN Member States, UN system entities (particularly members of the Interdepartmental Taskforce on African Affairs), the African Diaspora, academia, and civil society including youth and women groups.

The panel will potentially consist of six eminent speakers: the President of the United Nations General Assembly 69th Session (TCB), the African Union’s Commissioner for Peace and Security, the Chief Executive Officer of the NEPAD Agency and Interim Chief Executive Officer for the APRM, the Chairperson of the APR Panel of Eminent Persons (supported by the Vice-Chairperson of the APR Panel of Eminent Persons during the interactive discussion), and a High-level representative of the African Development Bank. The Panel will be moderated by the Under-Secretary-General and Special Adviser on Africa.

Venue: ECOSOC Chamber, UN Conference Building (CB) 2nd floor

Lead Organizers: OSAA, AUOM, NEPAD Agency, APRM Secretariat, DPI, UNECA


Nations Interdepartmental Taskforce on African Affairs (IDTF) on “Expectations from the AU Commissioner for Peace an d Security, CEO of the NEPAD Agency, APR Eminent Persons on the UN system support to Agenda 2063.”

Venue: Conference Room 9 (CB) Lead Organizer: OSAA

Tuesday 14 October 2014

morning: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, Annual briefing to UN Member States and UN system entities on:
  1. Three reports of the Secretary-General on: Progress on the Implementation of NEPAD; Causes of Conflict and Promotion of Durable Peace in Africa; and the interim report on the UN Monitoring Mechanism to review commitments towards Africa’s development needs, by the Special Adviser on Africa.
  2. Presentations on: (a) “Post-2015 Development Agenda, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Africa’s Transformation Challenges” by the Chief Executive Officer, NEPAD Agency and Interim Chief Executive Officer APRM; and (b) Effective and Inclusive Governance in Africa: the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) Perspective” by the Chairperson, APR Panel of Eminent Persons.

Venue: Conference Room 6 – (CB)

Lead Organizers: OSAA, UNECA, DPI, NEPAD Agenc and APRM

Wednesday 15 October 2014

Morning: 9:00 TO 11:00 am, NEPAD Media Breakfast

The NEPAD media breakfast will be a rare opportunity for the media and other high-level invited guests to engage the Chief Executive Officer of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), Dr. Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, on NEPAD’s programme, projects implementation and other important issues such as the post-2015 development agenda.

Venue: Ford Foundation, 320 E 43rd Street, 11th floor, (between 1st & 2nd Avenues) New York

Lead Organizers: DPI, the NEPAD Agency

Afternoon: 12:30 pm

Press conference on the Africa-Week 2014 by USG OSAA, the CEO of the NEPAD Agency, APR Eminent Personalities, and AU Commissioner for Peace and Security. ** (This Week’s events will also include webcast, one-on-one interviews, publicizing the events on social media platforms, UNTV coverage and dissemination of a media advisory in close cooperation with DPI). The day will feature media interviews of USG OSAA, CEO NEPAD and Interim CEO APRM, and APR Eminent Personalities.

Venue: Press briefing room UNHQ

Lead Organizers: OSAA, DPI, the NEPAD Agency, APRM Secretariat, AUC Directorate of Communication.

Thursday 16 October 2014

morning: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, Launch event of major knowledge products on Africa:
  1. Report on the “Role of Microfinance in Africa’s Development”, co-published by OSAA and NEPAD Agency
  2. Report on the “Role of New and Emerging Development Partners in Infrastructure Development in Africa”, co-published by OSAA, NEPAD Agency and UNECA.
  3. The Africa Innovation Outlook IT published by the NEPAD Agency
  4. Agriculture in Africa: Transformation & Outlook for next 20 years, published by NEPAD Agency.
  5. Mobilizing Domestic Financial Resources for Implementing NEPAD Programme and Projects - Africa Looks within, co-published by the NEPAD Agency and UNECA with support of UNDP, AfDB and UNCTAD.
  6. Commendable Practices from Peer Review Reports from Zambia and Tanzania.

Venue: ECOSOC Chamber (CB)

Lead Organizers:  OSAA, AUOM, NEPAD Agency, UNECA, and DPI

Friday 17 October 2014

69th UN General Assembly Debate on Development of Africa and Presentation of the Secretary-General’s Reports on: Progress in the Implementation of NEPAD; the Causes of Conflict and Promotion of Durable Peace and Sustainable Development in Africa; and Interim report on the UN Monitoring Mechanism.

Venue: General Assembly Hall

Lead Organizers: OSAA, NEPAD Agency, and AUOM

Overall Outputs from the Africa Week 2014:

  • A publication (e-booklet) from the proceedings.
  • Alerts on the social media platforms.
  • Op-Ed on the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
  • A press briefing, media materials and interviews.

Expected participants:

High ranking representatives of the UN Member States; UN system entities; African institutions and the international development community, including African stakeholders, the private sector, civil society organizations including youth groups, the African Diaspora, the academic community, the think tanks and research institutions focusing on Africa-related issues.

Sponsoring partners

OSAA, UNECA, DPI, UN Global Compact, AUOM, the NEPAD Agency, APRM Secretariat and AUC


For more information about the Africa-Week 2014 kindly contact Ms. Juliet Wasswa-Mugambwa, Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (OSAA) at, tel: +1 212 963 9576), with a copy to Ms. Sarah Lawan, Permanent Observer Mission of the African Union to the United Nations at e-mail:, tel: +347-530-7926