African Union (AU)

Basic facts: 

Established:
As OAU, 25 May 1963
As the African Union, 9 July 2002

Head Office:
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Member States:
53

Working Languages:
Arabic, French, English,
Spanish, Portuguese, Swahili,
Any African Language

Address:
P.O. Box 3243,
Roosevelt Street,
(Old Airport Area),
W21K19, Addis Ababa,
Ethiopia

Telephone:
+251 11 551 77 00

Fax:
+251 11 551 78 44

The African Union (AU) was formed as a successor to the Organisation of African Unity (OAU). Among the objectives of the AU’s leading institutions are: to accelerate the political and socio-economic integration of the continent; to promote and defend African common positions on issues of interest to the continent and its peoples; to achieve peace and security in Africa; and to promote democratic institutions, good governance and human rights.