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The Future of the AU: Fifty Years of the Organization of African Unity–African Union

Chatham House, London

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HE Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia


May 2013 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the African Union's predecessor, the Organization of African Unity (OAU). Originally intended to support African states' ambitions for decolonization and to defend their sovereignty, the OAU was replaced by the African Union (AU) in 2002. The AU has continued with the ambition of uniting its member states and supporting their development and economic integration.

Ethiopia has hosted the OAU-AU since the organization's foundation. The speaker will reflect on fifty years of change and cooperation in Africa and will discuss the vital role that the AU can play going forward.