The African Union is joining the G20, a powerful acknowledgement of a continent of 1 billion people

The G20, comprising the world's 20 leading economies 

– has welcomed the African Union (AU) as a permanent member, acknowledging Africa's growing influence.

– U.S. President Joe Biden and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi supported the AU's permanent membership in the G20.

– The AU had advocated for full membership for seven years, with South Africa being the only African member until now.

– This development is significant as Africa, with its 1.3 billion young population, is set to double by 2050 and will represent a quarter of the world's population.

– The AU's 55 member states seek more meaningful roles in global bodies like the United Nations Security Council and reforms in the global financial system.

– Africa is attracting investment and political interest from global powers like China, Russia, Gulf nations, Turkey, Israel, and Iran.

– African leaders aim to play a more active role as brokers in global affairs rather than passive victims.

– The AU's full G20 membership highlights Africa's status as a global power with vast natural resources and a significant role in climate change solutions.

– Africa possesses 60% of the world's renewable energy assets and over 30% of key minerals for renewable and low-carbon technologies.

– The continent seeks more industrial development to benefit its economies and calls for fairer treatment and climate financing.

Finding common ground among AU member states with diverse interests can be challenging 

– but unity is crucial for influencing G20 decisions.

– African leaders have shown solidarity in addressing issues like vaccine distribution during the COVID-19 pandemic.

– As a high-profile G20 member, Africa's demands will have a more significant impact on the global stage, signaling its emergence as a formidable player.