Advocacy, Coordination and Outreach

In accordance with its mandate, the Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (OSAA) conducts advocacy to:

In this regard, the Office organizes briefings, high-level events and expert group meetings on the issues related to the nexus between peace, security and development in Africa.

M. Maged Abdelaziz (fifth from right at panel), Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Africa, chairs the high-level briefing on "The role of Africa’s Regional Economic Communities in Consolidating Peace, Security, Governance and Development in the Context of Agenda 2063" (1 October 2014).

The Office also convenes the Interdepartmental Task Force on African Affairs (IDTFA) to:

  • Improve coherence and coordination in the United Nations support to Africa, and
  • Provide support to promote United Nations-African Union cooperation on issues related to the peace-security-development nexus, especially through the Regional Coordination Mechanism of Africa (RCM-Africa)’s Advocacy and Communication Cluster, which OSAA co-chairs with the African Union Commission’s Directorate for Information and Communications. 

A major thrust of the Office’s advocacy and outreach activities is the Africa Week, which is organized annually in collaboration with a range of key partners to raise awareness at the global level on topical issues relating to Africa’s peace, security and development, and to mobilize UN system and international support for Africa’s own efforts. The key partners in OSAA’s advocacy, coordination and outreach efforts include: