WHEREAS, on July 9, 2002, 53 African heads of state formed the African Union (AU); and
WHEREAS, the African Union replaces the Organization of African Unity (OAU), and is designed to accelerate the integration of the African continent; and
WHEREAS, the NAACP acknowledges the achievements of the OAU in its role to liberate the continent from colonial and segregated rule in southern Africa; and
WHEREAS, the Constitutive Act of the African Union states that the new body is committed to focusing on growth and development, democracy and peace.
WHEREAS, the NAACP applauds the formation of the African Union as it embarks on its long journey to integrate Africa economically and politically.
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the NAACP supports and urges the African Union to address: HIV/AIDS, debt cancellation, democratization, sustainable development, and economic integration.