The AU Diaspora, as currently defined by the AU, is composed of
African and African descendants residing in the USA, Canada,
Central, and South America, the Caribbean, and Brazil (Western
Hemisphere) and in Europe.
In Africa itself (repatriated Africans), in the Middle East Region,
and in Asia, there are also people, who can well argue that they too
are members of the Diaspora community.
It is one of the understood guidelines from the AU that neither one
individual nor one current organization in these geographical areas
can, or is expected to, adequately represent the diverse interests
of the Diaspora at the AU meetings. However, it will be through the
existing civil society/community-based organizations that such AU
representation will be organized and chosen.
Towards October 2007, there was only a little more than four months
left for realizing the mobilization of the African Diaspora
Community in the European Region to reach consensus about the
Diaspora Agenda and the election of the AU Representatives Europe
Region. It is thus of great importance that the
Diaspora in the Europe Region
States get involved in the decision-making process.
a major recommendation, the workgroup strongly suggested that
members from the Holland ADCC and their experts have communications
with the African Diaspora partners in the other Europe Region
(centres) to properly explain how Holland has implemented its method
and how the other regions can do the same thing, which will
hopefully lead to at least Community Councils in every European
Region, if not fully elected AU Diasporan Representatives from each
area. This needs to be accomplished before the scheduled September
Europe Diaspora Regional Assembly.