United Nations System

For the Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (OSAA) to effectively implement its mandate, it is imperative to enhance partnerships with diverse offices and departments of the United Nations Secretariat as well as with United Nations specialized agencies, funds and programmes.

Support for the NEPAD

OSAA shares the mandate for coordination of United Nations support, and public information on, the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) with two partner entities:

  • The Africa Section of the Department of Public Information (DPI),
  • The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA),

OSAA is also an active member of:

  • The United Nations Development Group,
  • The Executive Committee on Peace and Security,
  • The Executive Committee on Economic and Social Affairs, and
  • The Executive Committee on Humanitarian Affairs.

Peace-Development Nexus

In emphasizing the link between lasting peace and sustainable development in Africa, OSAA closely collaborates with:

  • The Department of Political Affairs (DPA),
  • The Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO),
  • The Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO),
  • The United Nations Office to the African Union, and
  • UN Women.

It also jointly undertakes work on socioeconomic development in Africa with, among other numerous UN partners:

  • The Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA),
  • The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP),
  • The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and
  • UN Women.

Involvement in Taskforces

OSAA convenes the Interdepartmental Task Force on African Affairs (IDTFA) with all United Nations entities working in Africa in order to lead in the preparation of Africa-related reports and inputs on the NEPAD. IDTFA also aims at promoting coherence and coordination of the United Nations support to Africa at the global level.

OSAA is also vigorously engaged in various UN interagency working groups and task forces, such as:

  • Counter-Terrorism Implementation Taskforce,
  • Taskforce on Ebola Recovery,
  • High-level Taskforce of the Secretary-General on Food Security and Nutrition, 
  • Inter-Agency Security Sector Reform Taskforce,
  • Inter-departmental Taskforce on Nigeria, and
  • Taskforce on Children and Armed Conflicts.

The Office is an active member of:

  • The Regional Coordination Mechanism for Africa (RCM-Africa) convened by Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), to promote coordination of the United Nations support to NEPAD at the regional level, and
  • The United Nations Development Group (UNDG) convened by UNDP, to improve programme collaboration of the United Nations entities at the country level.

OSAA is mandated by the General Assembly to serve as the secretariat of the United Nations Monitoring Mechanism. In this respect, OSAA works in close collaboration with the UN System, Member States, civil society, academia, and the private sector to foster the fulfilment of pledges through a mutual accountability based monitoring exercise on biannual basis.