The Organisation of African Unity (OAU) was established on 25 May 1963, at Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and the Charter of the Organisation was signed on that occasion by the Heads of State and Government of 32 African states. The Organisation was established to promote the unity and solidarity of African countries; to defend the sovereignty of members; to eradicate all forms of colonialism; to promote international cooperation having due regard for the UN Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; to coordinate and to harmonize Member States’ economic, diplomatic, educational, health, welfare, scientific, and defence policies.
OAU Established: 25 May 1963. On 26 May 2001, the OAU was legally transformed into the African Union (AU). Membership: 53 States.
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