The first ever Global African Diaspora Summit was held in Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa, on Africa Day, 25 May 2012. The meeting was attended by Heads of States and representative of the 54 Member States of the Union, the Government of the Caribbean Community, South and Latin America.
During the Summit, the Heads of State approved a Declaration and a Programme of Action in which the African Union (AU) commits to cooperate in political, economic and social areas, in order to strengthen ties within the African family spread around the world.
Professor Gus John’s contribution:
As a member of the African Union‘s Technical Committee of Experts, Gus John travelled to Pretoria, South Africa, ahead of the Global African Diaspora Summit, where he helped preparing working documents for Ministers of AU and Diaspora States that later attended the Summit.
With a mandate from the AU’s African Diaspora Reunification Initiative, Gus John is currently organising a UK African Diaspora Chapter (the objectives of which are contained within the Declaration mentioned above). More information about this project will soon be released.
Picture: “U.S. Africa Command C4ISR Senior Leaders Conference“, by “US Army Africa” (Flickr)