African Union (AU)

(Formerly, the Organization of African Unity – OAU) The OAU was founded in May 1963 with 32 African countries as original members; it had 51 members in 1990. The Organization’s aim was to further African unity and solidarity, to coordinate political, economic, cultural, scientific, and defense policies; and to eliminate colonialism in Africa. The OAU, after a series of initiatives in the late 1990’s, launched the African Union through the Durban Summit of 2002. Contact: The African Union; PO Box 3243; W21K19 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Tel: [251] 11 551 77 00; Fax: [251] 11 551 78 44; Web:

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