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The United Nations Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (OSAA) has launched a network of African academics and experts who will contribute their vast knowledge and expertise of the continent’s unique context to Africa’s development. It is a platform for African experts to exchange views and influence policy. 

To help build the capacity of policy makers from African Member States to design and implement policies that promote inter-linkages between peace, security, human rights, humanitarian affairs and development to accelerate sustainable development on the continent, OSAA held two virtual sub-regional workshops in June. 

In efforts to reshape mindsets and change the narrative about Africa, daily throughout May, the Africa Dialogue Series showcased the continent’s rich and diverse cultural heritage.

This year’s broad and inclusive activities celebrated the continent’s identity, culture, history and achievements. 

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 »»

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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 »