High-level Expert Group Meetings (EGMS)

As part of its analytical work, the Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (OSAA) in collaboration with other UN bodies regularly organizes EGMs. These meetings focus on persisting, new and emerging issues related to Africa’s development, peace and security.

Participants have included representatives of UN departments, programmes and funds and specialized agencies, Member States, academics, civil society, youth leaders as well as experts from a broad range of sectors and thematic areas.

OSAA also organizes high-level dialogues and panels in support of the General Assembly deliberations on Africa. The EGMs have been held both on the continent, and at the UN Headquarters in New York.


EGMs and high-level dialogues enable the Office to consult with stakeholders on selected topics of critical importance, and to generate substantive, analytical and action-oriented findings and recommendations.

Findings and recommendations serve as a basis for the Secretary-General’s Reports on Africa, including for the review report on the implementation of commitments made towards Africa’s development.

The EGMs also provide a space and platform for critical thinking, exchange of perspectives and views, critical evaluation and shared learning on subjects of critical and high importance to Africa.

Furthermore, the EGMs help identify:

  • Innovative approaches and best practices on how the issues raised can be addressed, and
  • The potential for replicating best practices toward addressing issues discussed at different levels, including by African authorities (both state and non-state), civil society and the UN.

In addition, the EGMs also generate policy recommendations that are generally directed not only at actors at local, national, regional, continental and international levels, but also at non-state and private sector levels for enhanced support for Africa’s peace, security and development as well as for strengthening partnerships in this regard.

Recent EGMs

The themes discussed at recent EGMs include the following:

  • Role of the Extractive Industries in Africa towards Sustainable Development and Inclusive Growth (24 February 2015)
  • The Africa we want: Support for the United Nations System to the African Union’s Agenda 2063 (13 October 2014)
  • 10th  Anniversary of the African Peer Review Mechanism (October 2013)
  • Africa’s Innovation in Governance through 10 years of the African Peer Review Mechanism (21 October 2013)
  • Infrastructure Development within the context of Africa’s Cooperation with the New and Emerging Development Partners” (15 - 16 January 2013)
  • The Management of Diversity in Africa (Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC), Accra, Ghana, 31 July - 2 August 2012)
  • Microfinance in Africa (December 2010)
  • Bridging the peace and development nexus, the role and capacities of African regional and subregional organizations (December 2009)
  • Innovation in transforming governance on the African continent: the APRM Experience (New York, 6 October 2011)
  • Contribution of UN System support to the implementation of NEPAD (7 October 2011)
  • Natural Resources, Climate Change and Conflict: Protecting Africa’s Natural Resource Base in Support of Durable Peace and Sustainable Development (17 - 18 December 2009)
  • Climate Change and Security in Africa: Challenges and International Policy Context (December 2009)
  • Bridging the peace and development nexus, the role and capacities of African regional and subregional organizations (December 2009)
  • African Perspectives on International Terrorism (3 - 4 June 2009)
  • The Emerging Role of the AU and ECOWAS in Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding (28 December 2007)
  • Private Sector’s Institutional Response to NEPAD: A Review of Current Experience and Practices (6 - 7 November 2007)
  • Promoting Partnerships in Support of African Peer Review Mechanism Implementation (15 - 16 November 2007)
  • Contribution of the Private sector to the Implementation of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (Midrand, South Africa, 28 February - 2 March 2005)