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The Africa Dialogue Series (ADS) 2021 takes place in May. Under the theme “Cultural identity and ownership: reshaping mindsets,” it will celebrate the continent’s identity, culture, history and achievements, through exhibitions and conversations with African academics and experts from various fields.  

Tackling illicit financial flows (IFFs) is a matter of survival for Africa’s development and must be treated with urgency. There is broad consensus that the funds being bled out of Africa, could be channeled towards the continent’s development if successfully retained.

COVID-19 has taught us a lesson:  time is absolutely not on our side. The arrival of the first vaccines on the continent represent a great opportunity but also a logistical challenge where the African Solidarity will be tested and needed more than ever. Failure to deliver is not an option.

Our Mandate

The Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (OSAA) was officially established on 1 March 2003 by the Secretary-General Bulletin (ST/SGB/2003/6), in line with General Assembly Resolution A/RES/57/7 of 4 November 2002 and became operational on 1 May 2003. In accordance with the above resolution, OSAA was initially mandated to:

  • enhance international support for Africa's development and security through its advocacy and analytical work,
  • assist  the Secretary-General in improving coherence and coordination of the UN System support to Africa, and
  • facilitate inter-governmental deliberations on Africa at the global level, in particular relating to the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD). Read full mandate »»

Deputy Secretary-General launches 2021 Africa Dialogue Series

Africa Dialogue Series (ADS) Launch by Ms. Amina Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary-General

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The Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (OSAA) strives for coordinated, effective and sustained UN and international support for Africa’s transformative efforts for inclusive sustainable peace, security, socioeconomic development and justice for all in the continent. Read full vision and mission statement »»

OSAA aims to enhance international support for Africa's development and security through its advocacy and analytical work, assist  the Secretary-General in improving coherence and coordination of the UN System support to Africa, facilitate inter-governmental deliberations on Africa at the global level... Find out more »

OSAA produces a number of publications within its mandate. These range from mandated Secretary-General’s reports to policy briefs on various issues affecting Africa. The reports provide the research needed for OSAA to carry out its advisory, advocacy, coordination and monitoring roles. Read the reports »