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. OSAA’s role was subsequently expanded in resolution 66/293 adopted by the General Assembly on 15 October 2012, which mandated the Office to establish a monitoring mechanism to review commitments made towards Africa’s development.
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In accordance with the above resolution, OSAA was initially mandated to:
- enhance international support for Africa’s development and security through its advocacy andanalytical 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).
In implementation of its mandate, OSAA:
- supports the General Assembly and the Economic and Social Council in their deliberations on Africa;
- coordinates and guide the preparation of Africa-related reports and inputs, in particular support forNEPAD by the United Nations System and the international community, including the private sector andcivil society;
- coordinates the Interdepartmental Task Force on African Affairs (IDTFA), to ensure a coherent and integrated approach for United Nations support for Africa, including following up on the implementation of all global summit and conference outcomes related to Africa;
- initiates reports on critical issues affecting Africa, and in particular on the interrelated issues of peace and development;
- coordinates global advocacy in support of NEPAD, and;
- acts as the focal point for NEPAD within the United Nations Secretariat at Headquarters.
Mr. Maged Abdelfatah Abdelaziz, Current Under-Secretary-General and Special Adviser on Africa
Under-Secretary-General Abdelaziz was appointed by the Secretary-General by United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, on 8 March 2012, and took up office on Thursday 17 May of the same year. He brings to the position more than 33 years of experience in multilateral diplomacy, a direct engagement in promoting global peace, security and development.
Prior to his appointment, Mr. Abdelaziz had been serving as Permanent Representative of Egypt to the United Nations in New York, since 2005. In that capacity, he co-chaired in 2008 the Review Conference on Financing for Development and, in 2009, he was the Rapporteur, representing Africa, at the Conference on the Economic and Financial Crisis and Its Impact on Development.
Having served as Vice President of the Economic and Social Council (2011-12) and Vice President of the United Nations General Assembly (2008-2009), Mr. Abdelaziz enjoys an intimate knowledge of the UN intergovernmental processes and multilateral diplomacy. Pursuant to General Assembly Resolution 65/289 to consider rates of reimbursement to troop contributing countries and related issues, he also served as a member of the Secretary-General’s Senior Advisory Group. As Chair of the Coordinating Bureau of the Non-Aligned Movement since 2009, he chaired the High Officials’ meeting of the 15th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) held in Sharm El Sheik (Egypt) in July 2009.
As Deputy Permanent Representative of Egypt to the United Nations (1997-99) he was the principal officer in charge of all the questions relating to disarmament. During that period, he served as the Chair of the United Nations Disarmament Commission which negotiated and adopted the United Nations guidelines for the establishment of Nuclear Weapons-free Zones. He was a member of the Egyptian delegation to the Security Council during Egypt’s membership of the council in (1984-85) and (1995-97).
Mr. Abdelaziz played a leading role in the establishment of the Human Rights Council and the Peace-Building Commission as well as the elaboration and adoption of the United Nations Global Counter Terrorism Strategy. He also played an active role in enhancing the United Nations’ role in development, with particular emphasis on the achievement of the internationally agreed development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and enhancing the global response to the special needs of Africa, the Least Developed Countries and the Small Islands Developing States.
His focus was on revitalizing the entire agenda relating to the special needs of Africa, including through implementation of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) to which the Secretary-General attaches the highest priority.
Mr. Abdelaziz graduated from the Ain Shams University School of Law in 1973. He is married and father of one daughter.