About Africa Day


Africa Day is the annual commemoration of the 1963 founding of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), presently recognized as the Africa Union (AU). The African Union, comprised of 53 member states, has brought together the continent of Africa to collectively address the challenges it has faced, such as armed conflict, climate change, and poverty.

The African Union Special Session of the Assembly held in Tripoli on August 31, 2009 proclaimed 2010 the “Year of Peace and Security in Africa.”

A model showcases traditional African dress during the celebration of the 2007 Africa Day with the theme, "The Spirit and Beauty of Africa"


Press Releases




2009 – “Towards a United, Peaceful and Prosperous Africa”

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - May 25th – A bazaar of African objects of cultural identity and a cocktail featuring a variety of different African meals was served to the public. H.E. Mrs. Julia Dolly Joiner, Commissioner for Political Affairs of the AU made the opening remarks calling for unity, peace and prosperity and a substantive commitment to goals for the next year.

Brussels, Belgium - May 23rd - 25th – A public conference was held on the issue of African borders from the viewpoint of the African Union Border Programme. On May 25th a reception featured performers from various countries of Africa. H.E. Ahmed el Hadj of Libya in Brussels reiterated the ultimate objective of the AU to create a “United States of Africa.” The Chairperson of the African Group of Ambassadors in Brussels, H.E. Ms. Mamoruti Tiheli of Lethotho appealed for the implementation of the AU-EU 2008-2010 Plan of Action.

New York, United States - May 25th – The event focused on Empowering African Women through Micro-Finance. It was jointly organized by the United Nations African Ambassadors’ Spouses Group (UNAASG), the African Group of Ambassadors and the Office of the Permanent Observer of the AU to the UN. Chair of the African Group, H.E. Mr. Mohamad of Sudan opened with remarks followed by messages from Ms. Maimona Alfaki, President of the UNAASG and H.E. Ms. Ratsifandrihamanana, Ambassador of the Office of the Permanent Observer of the AU to the UN. There was entertainment from all parts of Africa

2008 – “Working Together for Integration and Development”

Africa Day 2008 Report

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – Africa Day was commemorated with an address from the Commissioner of the African Union Commission and a cultural performance at the AU headquarters.

Geneva, Switzerland – Under the theme "Meeting the Millennium Development Goals on Water and Sanitations", the day was marked by two major events. A diplomatic reception at the Intercontinental Hotel in Geneva, on the 22nd May and a brainstorming-session on the 26th May. It featured a small conference followed by an interactive debate on the presentation of the annual Joint Report on African Economic Outlooks for 2008.

2007 – “Let's Strengthen Africa's Place in the World through Strategic, Balanced and Responsible Partnerships”

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – The AU showcased three very important and tangible projects: the launch of the African Union diplomatic passport, the launch of the Very Small Aperture Terminal, and the ground breaking ceremony for the new AU Conference Center. A reception and entertainment followed.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and his wife Yoo Soon-taek, pose for a group photo with the members of the United Nations African Ambassadors’ Spouses Group

Geneva, Switzerland – A conference-debate was organized in the morning of 23 May 2007, on the theme of Africa Day, with interventions from high level panelists. All the international organizations’ officials pledged to work with the African Union Commission and African countries, to contribute to the development of the continent. There were also musical events, a mini bazaar, and fashion show.

New York, United States – A fashion show entitled “The Spirit and Beauty of Africa” was held at the United Nations General Assembly Hall with an address by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The event was hosted by the Group of African Ambassadors and the United Nations African Mother’s Association and the Office of the Permanent Observer of the AU to the UN.


For more on past Africa Day celebrations go to: http://www.africa-union.org