Africa Dialogue Series (ADS 2018)

Theme: A Stronger UN-AU Partnership for Peace, Security and Development in Africa

Day One: 17 October

Day Two: 18 October

Morning Sessions
Morning Sessions
Evening Sessions
Press Briefing

Consistent with its global advocacy mandate, the UN Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (OSAA) has developed several tools aimed at mobilizing international support for Africa’s development.

In 2018, OSAA is pleased to launch the Africa Dialogue Series, which will be held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on 17-18 October 2018, alongside the UN General Assembly Debate on the Development of Africa on 19 October.

The Africa Dialogue Series, which replaces the “Africa Week” held in previous years, will provide a platform to explore and promote critical debates operationalizing the peace, security, human rights, humanitarian and development nexus in Africa.  In this context, the Series is structured to be highly interactive and inclusive of a wide range of participants, including Member States, high-level representatives of African regional and subregional organizations, and the United Nations system, as well as the private sector, civil society, academia, think tanks, the Diaspora and other key stakeholders.

The Africa Dialogue Series 2018 will take place on the 15th anniversary of the establishment of OSAA – at a time when both the United Nations and the African Union are undertaking significant reform processes and when OSAA itself is embarking on an ambitious repositioning exercise.  In this context, the Africa Dialogue Series 2018 will also serve to commemorate this historic moment for OSAA and will provide an opportunity to share the Office’s new strategic direction with key stakeholders and partners.

In addition, the 2018 Series will feature special tributes to two distinguished sons of Africa, former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan and President Nelson Mandela, whose work for development, peace, security, reconciliation, human rights, and post-conflict recovery and reconstruction in Africa, have been significant in shaping the future of the continent as well as in establishing and defining the work of OSAA. 


The Africa Dialogue Series 2018 will:

  • Facilitate UNHQ-based dialogue on shifting from policy to effective and results-based implementation of the joint UN-AU Frameworks for Peace and Security, and Implementation of Agenda 2063 and the 2030 Agenda;
  • Promote critical reflections on how to fully operationalize the peace, security, human rights, humanitarian and development nexus in Africa;
  • Identify concrete areas for practical support for the Sahel region; and
  • Provide a platform for discussion of OSAA’s new strategic direction.