African Union (AU)
The African Union (AU) is a continental body that comprises 55 countries in Africa, with its headquarters located in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It serves as a platform for its member states to collectively address the challenges they face, including peace and security, socio-economic development, and governance and human rights.
The AU was established in 2002 as a successor to the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), with the aim of accelerating the process of integration in the continent to enable it to play its rightful role in the global economy, while also addressing multifaceted social, economic and political problems.
Key initiatives of the AU include the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement, aiming to create a single market for goods and services across the continent, and Agenda 2063, a strategic framework for the socio-economic transformation of the continent over the next 50 years.
African Union Organs
- African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights
- African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child
- African Union Commission
- Assembly of the African Union
- Economic, Social and Cultural Council of the African Union
- Executive Council of the African Union
- Pan-African Parliament
- Peace and Security Council of the African Union