The African Union (AU) has invited the African Diaspora to become “voting members” of the AU so that together African people can move toward making the unification of the African continent into the reality called the Union of African States (or United States of Africa) in the near future.
In article 3(3q) of the AU’s amended Constitution, “the AU hereby” ….. invite(s) and encourage(s) the full participation of the Diaspora as an important part of our continent, in building of the African Union”
The main objectives of the OAU were, inter alia, to rid the continent of the remaining vestiges of colonization and apartheid; to promote unity and solidarity among African States; to coordinate and intensify cooperation for development; to safeguard the sovereignty and territorial integrity of member states, and to promote international cooperation within the framework of the United Nations.
Indeed, as a continental organization, the OAU provided an effective forum that enabled all member states, to adopt coordinated positions on matters of common concern to the continent in international for and defend the interests of Africa effectively.
Through the OAU Coordinating Committee for the Liberation of Africa, the Continent worked and spoke as one with undivided determination in forging an international consensus in support of the liberation struggle and the fight against apartheid. (Source: OAU)
As in other parts of the world, formal preparation meetings have already taken place such as in the United States of America, Latin America, Brazil, Canada, the Caribbean and in Europe (in the UK and in Holland).