• Africa Dialogue Series (ADS 2019)

    Africa Dialogue Series (ADS 2019) - Towards Durable Solutions for Forcibly Displaced Persons in Africa

    Theme: Towards Durable Solutions for Forcibly Displaced Persons in Africa

    The Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (OSAA), in collaboration with the African Union Commission (AUC), the African Union Development Agency (AUDA), UNHCR, OCHA, UNDP, ECA and the Department of Global Communications (DGC), will organize the next edition of the African Dialogue Series (ADS 2019) from 21 to 23 May 2019 at the United Nations Headquarters, New York. The African Dialogue Series will be held with the overarching theme: “Towards durable solutions for forcibly displaced persons in Africa”. Read more »

  • The United Nations Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (UN-OSAA), African Union Commission (AUC), and United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN-Women), Egypt (as the Chairperson of the African Union for 2019), Government of Finland, CSO representative and Private Sector Representative are co-organizing a side event, during the 63rd Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 63), scheduled to take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 11 to 22 March 2019. The side event on the theme: Making Social Protection, Public Services and Infrastructure Inclusive and Meaningful for Women and Girls in Africa, will take place on Friday, 15 March 2019, 4:45-6:00pm, Ex-Press Bar, United Nations Headquarters, New York. Read more »


    The Under-Secretary-General and Special Adviser on Africa, Ms. Bience Gawanas met with Ms. Marta Santos Pais, the UN Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence Against Children at the Offices of the Special Adviser on Africa (OSAA) on Thursday November 8th 2018. Among other topics, they discussed areas of cooperation between the Office of the Special Adviser (OSAA)and the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence Against Children including the promotion of peace and non-violence at the heart of the United Nations work in Africa, ensuring that children are at the core of the demographic and social transition in Africa, enhancing Children and their protection are at the core of the Africa policy Agenda and the implementation of the plan of Action towards Africa Fit for Children, within the global context Agenda 2030 for sustainable development and Agenda 2063 of the African Union. The two Principals also agreed on exploring new and innovative ways to deepen their collaboration.


    The Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (OSAA) is organizing an Expert Group Meeting (EGM) on “Strengthening Subregional Conflict Prevention Capabilities in Africa”, in collaboration with the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) and the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA). The meeting, which will take place from 7 to 9 November 2018, in Libreville, Gabon, builds on two interrelated activities undertaken by OSAA this year. These are namely: a high-level meeting on “Enhancing the Effectiveness of Preventive Diplomacy and Mediation in Africa”, which was co-organized with the Mediation Support Unit (MSU) of the United Nations Department of Political Affairs (DPA) and the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) on 12-13 July 2018 in Durban, South Africa; and an assessment study of the Conflict Prevention Capabilities of the Regional Economic Communities (RECs) of the African Union that was undertaken from 14 May to 8 August 2018, to map their existing institutional capacities on conflict prevention, covering both operational and structural dimensions. Click here for more information

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Africa in Transformation

  • Agenda 2063, The Future We Want for AfricaAgenda 2063 is a vision for Africa by Africans for "an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the global arena."
  • Africa is home to 20 % of the world youth, and 75 % of the population on the continent is under the age of 35. Africa’s youth presents immense opportunities for the continent.
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    The Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD-VI) will be held on 27 & 28 August 2016 in Nairobi. Learn more about OSAA at TICAD-VI.
  • Sustainable Development GoalsThe UN General Assembly reaffirmed its support to Africa in the new 2030 Agenda for sustainable development.