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Africa is the least contributor to global greenhouse emissions and on a net positive side of the global net zero ambition due to a largely under-developed energy sector. At the same time, energy is key to achieving Africa’s sustainable development goals. The intertwined nature of climate change and energy generation make a balanced energy mix imperative for Africa. 

The COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on all 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has shown that what began as a health crisis quickly evolved into a human and socio-economic crisis. While the crisis has derailed progress towards the SDGs, it also makes their achievement urgent and necessary. 

Decreasing carbon emissions is vital to fighting climate change. Getting deforestation and forest degradation under control is one of many ways to use nature-based solutions in climate action. Receiving payments for such efforts shows the potential of letting nature take care of itself. Gabon is the first African country to receive payments.

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 »»

Africa's priorities for COP 26 and Beyond

Practical Realities - Africa's priorities for COP 26 and Beyond

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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 »