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image by Bruce Berry, 6 April 2010
The African Press Agency has announced that the African Union (AU) unveiled a
new flag at its 14th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and
Government taking place in Addis Ababa on 31 January 2010. To tunes of the AU
anthem, the new flag was hoisted by the outgoing Chairperson of the African
Union, Libyan President Muammar El Gaddafi.
It was during the 8th African Union Summit which took place in Addis Ababa between 29 and 30 January 2007, that the Heads of State and Government decided to launch a competition for the selection of a new flag for the African Union. They prescribed that the design should include a green background for the flag symbolising hope of Africa and stars to represent the Member States.
Pursuant to this decision, the African Union Commission (AUC) organized a competition for the selection of a new flag for the African Union. All African citizens were free to compete, including those in the Diaspora and the laureate would be awarded a prize in cash. The AUC received a total of 106 entries proposed by citizens of 19 African countries and 2 from the Diaspora. The proposals were then examined by a panel of experts put in place by the African Union Commission and selected from the five African regions for short listing according to the main directions given by the Heads of State and Government. At the 13th Ordinary Session of the Assembly, the Heads of State and Government examined the report of the Panel and one of the proposals to become the new flag. The flag is now part of the paraphernalia of the African Union and replaces the old one.
In keeping with the criteria laid down by the AUC, the new flag design has a dark green map of the continent superimposed on a white stylized sun with 53 points. Surrounding the central emblem are 53 gold five pointed-stars - one for each member state. (Morocco is currently the only country on the continent which is not a member state.)
No information has been provided as to who is the winning designer.
Bruce Berry, 1 February 2010
Flagcraft, the South African flag manufacturer, made the new African Union
flag which was adopted on 30 January 2010. The colour pantones are: Green: 349C,
Bruce Berry, 6 April 2010
The darker shade of green matches the dark shade shown in photographs of the
flag being raised at eh AU meeting, rather than the illustration in the AU media
release. I note that the new drawing includes a fine white line outlining the
map, particularly noticeable around Madagascar. I can see that this is a useful
design improvement, but is this an enhancement that has been made by the flag
manufacturer, or a design detail of the official flag that was not observed in
the original illustrations? I also note that the small off-shore island nations
are included - Cape Verde, Sao Tome & Principe, Equitorial Guinea (Bioko),
Comoros, Seychelles and apparently Reunion, though presumably not the Canary
Islands, Azores and Madeira.
Ralph Kelly, 11 April 2010
by Martin Grieve, 9 April 2010
I recently "deduced" the various arithmetic values of the various elements of
the flag. Map of Africa lifted in svg format from Wikipedia.
Martin Grieve, 9 April 2010
African Union is getting a new flag as reported by APA (African Press
"APA-Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) The African Union (AU) will soon have a new flag; APA learns Friday in Addis-Ababa during the in-camera meeting of the Executive Board's meeting as part of the preparatory sessions of the 12th Summit of the Organisation. The decision to have a new flag surfaced over a year ago, but the process was speeded-up under the aegis of the current Chairperson of the Commission, Mr. Jean Ping, who referred his detailed report on the period from July to December 2008 to the approval of the Executive Board.
According to the report that APA skimmed through, the Commission received 116 proposals, five of which were eventually selected with an eye to redesigning the colours of the pan-African flag. The report of Mr. Ping who took the leadership of the Commission in April 2008 reflected the main activities of the institution during the six past months. The Executive Board, the activities of which were still going on Friday in the Ethiopian capital city host town to the AU headquarters, is looking into all the reports referred to them before an agenda is tabled before the Heads of State and government during the 12th ordinary session billed for February 1 – 3 2009 in Addis-Ababa.
Chrystian Kretowicz, 31 January 2009
The African Union (AU) was launched in Durban, South Africa, 9
July 2002. It is the successor to the Organisation of African Unity
The AU has not yet adopted any new symbols although there is a special logo for
the inaugural meeting tomorrow which is being attended by Heads of States. This
was featured on a stamp issued by the South
African Post Office last week. The AU is expected to formally adopt new symbols
(including a flag) in due course. Today is the final session of the OAU,
following which its flag will be lowered.
Bruce Berry, 8 July 2002
The advertisement below about a competition to design symbols (including a flag) for the newly formed African Union was published in the Sunday Times (Johannesburg) on 13 April 2003.
AFRICAN UNION (AU) SYMBOLS COMPETITION
The African Union (AU) is in a process to design its new symbols: An anthem, flag and logo. The Public is invited to enter for the AU Symbols design competition.
The brief: The Anthem. An anthem shall be composed in a way that the first stanzas or a refrain and two verses sung or executed with musical instruments during official ceremonies do not exceed one minute. Each dossier submitted in one or several of the working languages of the African Union (English, Arabic, French, and Portuguese) shall include: The lyrics of the Anthem; The music written in scores; the lyric and music written in scores; A good sound recording of the instrumental and/or sung music; A clear and concise explanatory note. The Flag: Each work, executed in colours, shall be submitted in three copies, accompanied by a clear and concise explanatory note written in one or several working languages of the African Union. The note shall indicate among other things, the proposed meanings of the colours, designs, figures, or symbols, if there are any on the flag, as well as their respective sizes. The Logo: Each work, executed in colour and in black and white shall be submitted in three copies, accompanied by a clear and concise explanatory note written in one or several working languages of the African Union. The note shall indicate, among other things, the proposed meanings of the colours, designs, figures or symbols, if there are any, on the flag, as well as their respective sizes. Proposals for a motto are also welcome. However, these proposals will not be subjected to a competitive process. The first ten mottoes shall be submitted to the Second Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government slated for Maputo, Mozambique, in July 2003. Each work shall be a new creation or a modification of the OAU symbol. In composing the symbols, candidates shall draw inspiration from, the following values (list indicative): Struggle, defence, courage, sacrifice, victory, glory, peace; Freedom, liberation, independence, sovereignty; Work, effort, prosperity, wealth, industriousness. Union, unity, solidarity, fraternity; Sanctity of life, sacred, nature of the African continent, purity, respect, dignity, justice, durability, universality, eternity; Hope, faith, future). These values may be drawn from African History, culture, civilization, spirituality, inspiration, geography. Similarly reference may be made to Africa as one of the cradles of mankind.
Competition Rules. All three competitions shall be open to nationals of all Member States. It is possible for a candidate to submit entries for on or more of the three competitions. No entry submitted shall be returned to its owner. The entry submitted shall be returned to its owner. The entries received together with a clear and concise representation shall be submitted to a jury set up by the Commission. The three best entries shall be presented to the Second Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the Union Scheduled to take place in Maputo, Mozambique in July 2003, which shall choose the AU official symbols (anthem, flag and logo).
Please Note: The Jury or the Assembly of Heads of State and Government may
decide to modify an entry without prejudice to the award meant for the laureate;
The three pre-selected entries’ copyright as well as commercial and
non-commercial right shall be the property of the African Union; The commission
reserves the right to use all or any part of all the entries submitted in
whatever way it deems fit. The Commission shall take the necessary steps to
ensure that the words of Anthem that is finally chosen are translated and
adapted by lyric writers, so that it can be sung in each of the other working
languages of the Union. Participation in the competition implies acceptance of
the provisions of these rule. No recourse shall be entertained about the outcome
of the pre-selection, deliberations and the final choice. The authors of the
three best entries (anthems, flags, logos) who will be presented to the Assembly
of Heads of State and Government, shall
receive awards as follows:
Prizes to be won:
First award: US$ 7.000.00
Second award: US$ 5.000.00
Third award: US$ 3.000.00
The entries should be submitted to: The Chief Directorate: Africa Multilateral
Closing date: 25 April 2003
Bruce Berry, 17 April 2003
It seems, however, that no proposal was selected at all. A wire from the
Chinese agency Xinhua, dated from 9 July 2004, says (my translation into English
from the French text of the wire given on the Africatime website):
Addis Ababa -- The member states of the African Union have decided on Thursday in Addis Ababa to retain the emblem and the flag of the former Organization of African Unity. The African heads of states and government made this decision during the third summit of the African Union, which took place from 6 to 8 July in the Ethiopian capital city.
The image of the flag illustrated on
this page shows the emblem with the map of Africa in brown, which seems to
be incorrect. The emblem should be of the same colour as the two thin stripes,
that is dark yellow.
Ivan Sache, 14 July 2004
by Marc Pasquin
The image shown here with brown bands is based on a flag seen for the African
Ceasefire commission in the Darfur region of Sudan. The CFC's role is
similar to the UN peacekeepers in other conflicts. The
flag used is simply the union's flag
defaced with the commission's initials.
Marc Pasquin, 9 November 2004
It appears the competition for a flag of the African Union has been reinvigorated: all the details are contained in the following texts:
Decision#151 and the Competition Announcement
DECISION ON THE FLAG OF THE AFRICAN UNION
TAKES NOTE of the report of the Committee of Seven Heads of State and Government on the Union Government relating to the Flag of the African Union;
RECALLS its Decision Assembly/AU/Dec. 129 (VII) taken at its 7th Ordinary Session in Banjul;
DECIDES to launch a competition for the selection of a new flag for the African Union;
REQUESTS the Commission to take all the necessary measures to organize the competition with the following agreed orientations:
- the background of the Flag should be of green colour to symbolize Africa’s hope;
- Member States should be represented by stars on the flag;
DECIDES that the design proposed by the Leader of the Great Libyan Arab Jamahiriya should be taken as one of the entries for the competition;
REQUESTS the Commission to submit the outcome of the selection to the 9th Ordinary Session of the Assembly in July 2007.
In implementation of Decision Assembly/AU/Dec.151(VIII) adopted at the 8th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union held in Addis Ababa from 29 to 30 January 2007, the African Union Commission launches a competition for the selection of a new flag for the Union.
The conditions for participation in this competition are set by these Terms of Reference.
The objective of the competition is to select a new flag for the African Union from proposals submitted by candidates participating in the competition.
The new flag of the African Union should imperatively have the following orientations:
a) The background of the flag should be of green colour to symbolize Africa’s hope;
b) Member States, numbering 53, if represented, should be depicted by one or more stars on the flag.
CONDITIONS FOR PARTICIPATION:
The competition is open to all African citizens wishing to take part as well as those of the Diaspora.
CONTENTS OF PROPOSAL:
1. An original version on paper of the project with 21/27 dimensions and in colour;
2. An electronic version of the same project sent by e-mail;
3. a separate, detailed description of the colours used (percentages) as well as the symbols used;
4. An undertaking duly signed by the candidate, according to the model attached hereto.
Proposals received will be short-listed by a Special Committee established for that purpose.
DEADLINE FOR THE SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS:
The deadline for the submission of the paper and electronic versions of proposals is Monday, 30 April 2007.
ADDRESS FOR SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS:
Proposals should be submitted to the following addresses:
(a) For the paper version:
The proposal should be sent by registered mail. It should be received at the indicated address below latest 30 April 2007. The stamp of the African Union Registry Office will serve as proof of date of reception. Send your submission to:
African Union Commission,
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
The external envelope should bear the indication «New AU Flag Competition».
(b) For the electronic version:
The e-mail including the proposal as an attachment should be sent to the following address: webmaster@..., by latest 30 April 2007, the date the email is sent serving as proof.
PRIZE OF THE COMPETITION:
A prize in cash or kind to be awarded to the winner.
Santiago Tazón, 6 March 2007