The African Union: New Institution for a New Millennium?

Omatayo Olaniyan, The African Union, and Fred Oladeinde, The Foundation for Democracy in Africa, will lead discussions about The African Union.

Friday, October 22, 2004
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Room 2343, Public Policy Bldg.
UCLA campus
use Wyton and Hilgard Ave. entrance to campus
Los Angeles, CA 90095


9:00 AM  --  Welcome
Allen Roberts, Director, James S. Coleman African Studies Center (JSCASC)
Edmond Keller, Director, Globalization Research Center-Africa (GRCA)

9:30 AM  -  The African Union: Past, Present & Future
Presenter: Omatayo Olaniyan – Acting Permanent Representative, The African Union to the United Nations, New York

Gerald Bender – USC, School of International Studies

1:00 PM  -  The African Union & The African Diaspora
Presenter: Fred Oladeinde – President, The Foundation for Democracy in Africa

C. R. D Halisi – CSULA, Pan African Studies Department

2:45 PM  -  The African Union & Business, Investment & Economic Development in Africa
Presenter: Malcolm Beech – Special Advisor, The National Business League

Ruben Jaja – Africa-USA Chamber of Commerce
Jeanette Ndlhovu – Consul General, South Africa
Taye Atske-Selassie – Consul General, Ethiopia

The African Union is the successor of the Organization of African Unity, which was created 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. On October 9, 1999, the Heads of State and Government of the Organization of African Unity issued a Declaration (the Sirte Declaration) calling for the establishment of an African Union. The AU objectives are to accelerate the socio-economic integration of the continent, which will lead to greater unity and solidarity between African countries and peoples; creation of a common vision of a united and strong Africa and on the need to build a partnership between governments and all segments of civil society, in particular women, youth and the private sector, in order to strengthen solidarity and cohesion amongst the peoples of Africa; and a continental organization focused on the promotion of peace, security and stability on the continent as a prerequisite for the implementation of the development and integration agenda of the Union. The Organs of the AU are The Assembly, The Executive Council, The Commission, The Permanent Representatives' Committee, Peace and Security Council (PSC), Pan-African Parliament, the Economic, Social and Cultural Council, the Court of Justice, Specialized Technical Committees, and the Financial Institutions (The African Central Bank, The African Monetary Fund, The African Investment Bank).

Presentations will address
• The Pan-African Congress
• Role of NEPAD & civil society in AU
• African Diaspora & the AU
• AU Peace Keeping force
• US funding and support for AU initiatives

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Cost : Free and open to the public; parking is available in lot 3 for $7. RSVP requested to 310-825-3686 or

James S. Coleman African Studies Center

Sponsor(s): African Studies Center, Globalization Research Center - Africa, USA for Africa