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United Nations Office to the African Union
Addis Ababa
Established: July 2010
The opening ceremony of AU Assembly, February 2023. African Union Commission

The United Nations Office to the African Union (UNOAU), established by the UN General Assembly Resolution 64/288 on 1 July 2010, is mandated to enhance the partnership between the United Nations and the African Union in the area of peace and security. The Office is also tasked to provide coordinated and consistent United Nations (UN) advice to the African Union (AU) on both long-term capacity-building and short-term operational support, as well as to streamline the UN presence in Addis Ababa to make it cost-effective and efficient in delivering UN assistance to the AU in the area of peace and security (A/64/762).


The strategic cooperation between the African Union and the United Nations is manifested in the multiple consultative mechanisms on peace and security challenges in Africa, including on early warning, conflict prevention and resolution. UN, AU as well as the Regional Economic Communities and Regional Mechanisms increasingly work together at all levels, and on a wide range of issues from capacity development and policy design, cutting across the conflict cycle from prevention to crisis response operations.


For an overview on the UN-AU partnership, click here.


Special Representative: Parfait Onanga-Anyanga


National staff: 17

International staff: 28

Total: 45


UN Documents
  • Report of the Secretary-General on strengthening the partnership between the United Nations and the African Union on issues of peace and security in Africa, including the work of the United Nations Office to the African Union (S/2023/629) of 28 August 2023
  • For a full list of key documents click here