African Union launches online handbook


The African Union Commission and the Government of New Zealand have collaborated to produce a comprehensive guide to the African Union system.

The first edition of African Union Handbook 2014 was launched in the margins of the African Union Executive Council at the AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 27 January 2014 by Dr Martial De-Paul Ikounga, Commissioner for Human Resources Science and Technology of the African Union and Murray McCully, New Zealand’s Minister of Foreign Affairs in the presence of Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Erastus Mwencha, Deputy Chairperson of the AUC, AU Commissioners and invited guests.

The African Union Handbook 2014 is a ready reference guide for people working in all parts of the AU system as well as the AU’s many partners and wider civil society. It has been modelled on the United Nations Handbook, a publication that has been produced by the New Zealand Government for over 50 years.

“Today, the AU is central to the advancement of Africa. It is the pre-eminent organisation of the continent. This African Union Handbook 2014 will be a valuable guide to our Member States, citizens and partners as they navigate the AU system,” said Ikounga.

“As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Organization of African Unity and African Union (OAU/AU), and as we engage in the process of conceiving Agenda 2063, it is timely for the AU system to have this guide” , added the AUC Commissioner.

“The handbook contains detailed and factual information about the AU and summary information relating to its predecessor, the OAU, which was formed in 1963. It illustrates some of the work that has gone into building African unity, prosperity and peace through the AU, the solid achievements of pan-Africanism and pathways to the future”, underlined Ikounga.

New Zealand’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, McCully says New Zealand is proud to contribute to the 50th anniversary celebrations and collaborate with the Commission and produce the prototype AU Handbook.
“Given New Zealand’s expertise in developing the UN Handbook, it made sense to work together on this publication. New Zealand is also committed to future work with AU member states and the Commission in areas of common interest, such as agriculture and food security,” says McCully.

The African Union Handbook 2014 is available from the Directorate of Information and Communications in the AU Commission; and a PDF version can be downloaded from the African Union ( and New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade ( websites.

Click here to view the full AU e-book

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