The OAU initiatives paved the way for the birth of AU. In July 1999, the Assembly decided to convene an extraordinary session to expedite the process of economic and political integration in the continent. Since then, four Summits have been held leading to the official launching of the African Union:
The Sirte Extraordinary Session (1999) decided to establish an African Union
The Lome Summit (2000) adopted the Constitutive Act of the Union.
The Lusaka Summit (2001) drew the road map for the implementation of the AU
The Durban Summit (2002) launched the AU and convened the 1st Assembly of the Heads of States of the African Union.
The Vision of the AU: The AU is Africa’s premier institution and principal organization for the promotion of accelerated socio-economic integration of the continent, which will lead to greater unity and solidarity between African countries and peoples.
The AU is based on the 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.
As a continental organization it focuses 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.
CODESRIA’s mission required the emergence of a pan-African community of researchers, the protection of their intellectual freedom and autonomy in performing their duties and the elimination of barriers regarding language, discipline, region, gender and generation. It is recognised not only as the pioneer African social research organisation but also as the apex non-governmental centre of social knowledge production on the continent. Its objectives are to:
Promote and facilitate research and knowledge production in Africa using a holistic, multi-disciplinary approach. The Council is committed to combating the fragmentation of knowledge production, and the African community of scholars along various disciplinary and linguistic/geographical lines.
Promote and defend the principle of independent thought and the academic freedom of researchers in the production and dissemination of knowledge.
Encourage and support the development of African comparative research with a continental perspective and a sensitivity to the specificity of the development process in Africa.
Promote the publication and dissemination of research results undertaken by African scholars.
Strengthen the institutional basis of knowledge production in Africa by proactively engaging and supporting other research institutions and their networks of scholars within its programmes of activities.
Promote contacts and dialogue between African researchers and researchers on Africa elsewhere in the world, as well as interaction between the Council and similar international organisations.
AFRICAN PRESS ORGANIZATION (ORGANIZATION DE PRESSE AFRICAINE)
The African Press Organization owns a 25,000 journalist database and offers a complete range of media relations tools such as press releases distribution, press video conference, webcast, international events promotion, and an international press coverage monitoring service. The African Press Organization provides advices to Public Authorities and supports most of African and International institutions in their strategic communications. Aims to contribute actively to the strategic communications of the African and Pan-African institutions, to act in favour of the communication for development and the promotion of the good governance, to take part in the promotion of the image of the African continent near the international media, to assist the African official delegations in the mediatisation of their visits abroad and to answer the requests of international media and international institutions related to Africa.
The MFWA seek to defend, protect, consolidate, and expand the fundamental freedoms of media and expression of citizens, communication professionals and organisations and human rights defenders in West Africa.