The African Union Constitutive Act

The African Union Constitutive Act is the African Union Official Declaration solemnized by Africa’s leaders to uphold the ideals of the founding fathers of the OAU and AU and generations of Pan-Africanists on the continent and the diaspora to promote unity, solidarity, cohesion and cooperation among the peoples of Africa and the African States. The African Union Constitutive Act, in particular Article 3(q), invites the African Diaspora to participate as an important component in the building of the African Union. The declaration was adopted on May 25th, 2012 in South Africa during the Global African Diaspora Summit by the Heads of State, Government of the African Union, and Government from the Caribbean Community, South and Latin America and representatives of the African Diaspora, Europe, North American. The Declaration makes all people of African Descent (African Diaspora) the official Sixth Region of the African Continent.

The African Union defines the African Continent as being divided into 6 geographical regions: 

  1. North Africa
  2. South Africa
  3. West Africa
  4. East Africa
  5. Central Africa
  6. The Diaspora

The African Union (AU) continues to recognize the outstanding work of persons within the African Diaspora namely North, South, America, Europe, and the Caribbean as we seek to facilitate cooperation, integration, and inclusion of the Africa States.

Who Makes Up The Diaspora?

 The African Union (AU) defines the Diaspora as peoples of African descent and the heritage living outside the continent, irrespective of their citizenship, and who remain committed to contributing to the development of the continent and building of the African Union. Geographically this large population, variously estimated at between 150-350 million people; they can be found in: USA, the Caribbean, Central and South America (including Brazil; Suriname; French Guiana and Guyana), Europe.

The African Diaspora Sixth Region can Participate as Part of the African Union

The African Union (AU) has invited the African Diaspora to become “voting members” of the African Union 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.

The African Union exists from several commissions; of these commissions, the Economic, Social and Cultural Commission (ECOSOCC) is the first to invite the Diaspora to take part. The Citizens & Diaspora Directorate (CIDO) is the department responsible for leading the AU’s engagement with non-state actors through Diaspora & Civil Society Engagement. It works closely with the AU Mission Offices to engage with the diaspora and engages with civil society through the work of the Economic, Social and Cultural Council (ECOSOCC).

The ECOSOCC is a grouping of 150 community-bases organizations, which are also called NGOs (Non-governmental Organizations) and civil society organizations.

The Diaspora has been designated 20 members of that 150. To accept the invitation to participate as part of the AU, the Diaspora needs to be organized. To participate as part of the African Union, the Diaspora needs to be mobilized, organized, and structured. The AU called, in response, we set up the African Union Sixth Region USA was established in America.

The AU called and We Answered!

The African Union Sixth Region is a part of the Sixth Region of the African Continent – A Region of the African Continent outside of the Continent (People of African Descent not residing on the Continent). The African Union Sixth Region USA is a part of the Sixth Region

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