African Union

Overview

The African Union (AU) is a continental body consisting of the 55 member states that make up the countries of the African Continent. It was officially launched in 2002 as a successor to the Organisation of African Unity (OAU, 1963-1999).The African Union (AU) was officially launched in July 2002 in Durban, South Africa, following a decision in September 1999 by its predecessor, the OAU to create a new continental organisation to build on its work.

The OAU Charter spelled out the purpose of the Organisation namely:

  • To promote the unity and solidarity of the African States.
  • To coordinate and intensify their cooperation and efforts to achieve a better life for the peoples of Africa.
  • To defend their sovereignty, their territorial integrity and independence.
  • To eradicate all forms of colonialism from Africa.
  • To promote international cooperation, having due regard to the Charter of the United Nations and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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