The State Of the Union Coalition: CISLAC is Nigeria’s Implementing Partner

State of the Union (SOTU) is a coalition of 10 civil society organizations that advocate for the ratification, domestication and implementation of key African Union (AU) treaties and legal instruments. They range from governance, political, social and economic rights, to peace and security and development. Fourteen of them – 10 legal instruments, 4 policy standards – if implemented have tremendous promise for the lives of millions of Africans.

Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) is Nigeria’s implementing partner of the SOTU project.
Coalition members are:

Arab Institute for Human Rights (AIHR) – Tunisia
Centre Civil Society Learning and Capacity Building (CESC) – Mozambique
Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) – Nigeria
Collectif des Ligues et Association de Defense des Droits de I’Homme au (CLADHO) – Rwanda
Eye for Development (EFD) and Malawi Economic Justice Network (MEJN) – Malawi

Fahamu – Kenya
Human Rights Institute of South Africa (HURISA) – South Africa

SOTU, DCI advance “My African Union Campaign”

The Directorate of Communication and Information (DCI) collaborated with the State of the Union Coalition (SOTU) in holding the launch of the My African Union Campaign (

The landmark event took place Tuesday 17 March 2015 at the Sheraton Hotel in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in the presence of some African Union Commission officers, Ambassadors of African countries, representatives of diplomatic missions, international and national civil society organizations and African citizens.

Holding within the strategy for popularizing the African Union (AU) and broadening public awareness and interaction with the AU, the My African Union Campaign encourages more involvement by citizens themselves to act, do, speak out and take action on matters being decided on their behalf by their governments at the level of the AU in the form of legal instruments and policy standards.

In the Keynote remarks, Head of the AGA (African Governance Architecture), Dr. George Mukundi representing the Director of the […]

Statement of the Special Envoy of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission on Women, Peace and Security, 16 Dec 2014, AU Peace & Security Council Open Session on Women, Peace and Security, Debate on “Sources of Instability in Africa: Root Causes and Responses”

Excellency Mr. President, Permanent Representatives, Commissioner for Peace and Security, Commissioner for Political Affairs, representatives of international organizations, representatives of civil society, representatives of women’s organizations, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am honored to deliver this statement to the Peace and Security Council during this Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security, in my capacity as the African Union Commission Chairperson’s Special Envoy on Women, Peace and Security. I would like to thank the Gambian Presidency for providing us the space to address the women, peace and security agenda in the first part of this session.

When the Chairperson of the African Union Commission appointed me in January 2014, she highlighted the vision of my mandate before the Heads of State and Government, “to ensure that the voices of women and the vulnerable are heard much more clearly in peacebuilding and in conflict resolution.”

As this is my inaugural address to this […]

Domestication of African Convention on the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources will ensure better management of our resources – Banwo

The1968 African Convention on the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources was revised in 2003 by the African Union and boost the commitment by African governments to protecting the environment and the sustainable use of natural resources and the collective approach to bio diversity conservation in Africa. The Revise Convention is comprehensive and modern regional treaty in the environment and natural resources conservation. The first to deal with a wide spectrum of sustainable development issues, including land and soil, water, and biological diversity conservation and sustainable use. The original convention entered into force 16th of June, 1969 and currently has 31 ratifications from African countries. The Revise Convention will enter into force once it has been ratified by 15 African states. Currently, 8 countries have ratified it.

On 25th September 2014, in this interview by O.J Matthew of Vision FM Abuja with the Senior Programme Officer of Civil Society Legislative […]

‘Our National health budget should be 15% which is our commitments at the AU level’ – Anya

Effort to create a well-informed society about various African Union Protocols which Nigeria is signatory to, resulted in the introduction of a live radio programme titled, MY AFRICAN UNION, MY VOICE by the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) under the aegis of State of the Union Nigeria-Campaign Platform (SOTU N-CAMP). On 11th September, 2014, in this interview by O.J Matthew of Vision FM Abuja with the Project Coordinator SOTU N-CAMP, Okeke Anya and Austin Erameh of CISLAC, the Platform reveals how Nigerian citizens could benefit maximally from the golden opportunities brought by SOTU to effectively demand accountability. Excerpts:

What is this programme about?

ANYA: My African Union, My Voice is actually a programme of the State of the Union Coalition (SOTU). SOTU is a coalition of Civil Society Organisations in Africa that advocate for the ratification, domestication and implementation of key African Union Treaties and legal instruments. Some of these […]

UN and AU commit to advance business and human rights agenda in Africa

The first African Forum on Business and Human Rights concluded recently with a strong call for action to make business a force for improving human rights in Africa. At the meeting, senior officials and experts underlined that the African Union and the United Nations will join forces to support responsible business practices in line with fundamental human rights standards.“Amid rapid economic growth and new investments in land and natural resources, there is an increasing awareness of why human rights must be brought into business strategies and operations,” said Michael K. Addo, Chairman of the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights.”Not only is this the only way to ensure the interest and welfare of the people of Africa, it is also good business and critical for the sustainability of investments,” added Abdalla Hamdok, Deputy Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa.The African Regional Forum, held from […]

‘Funding for Agriculture Sector is Low Compared to the Recommended 10% of National Budgetary Allocation’ – Ministry

By Okeke Anya

The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development said it has developed Agricultural Transformation Agenda that aims at a technology-based, industrialized high-growth and diversified economy and food security.

This was made known recently by Mr. Emmanuel Dogo, Asst. Director of Planning to the Ministry during a Policy Dialogues on African Union (AU) Instruments in Nigeria organized by Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) in Kaduna State.

He said, “The Agenda intends to promote agribusiness, encourage private sector involvement in agro-input supply, attract private sector investment into areas of high production, reduce post-harvest losses and add-value to locally produced crops and foster rural economic growth by providing rural infrastructure and increasing access of farmers to financial services and markets.

“The Agricultural Transformation Agenda has created over 3.5 million jobs in the agricultural sector from the actualization of commodity value chains and provided over 300 Billion Naira of additional income to Nigerian […]

AU and efforts to tackle Youth Unemployment in Africa

The Joint Youth Employment Initiative originated from the Bank Senior Management’s commitment to address the challenge of youth unemployment in Africa and the African Union’s (AU) decision to tackle youth unemployment in the continent. During the AU’s 17th Ordinary Session held in Malabo in July 2011, the Heads of States requested the Bank to work with the African Union Commission, regional economic communities, and other international development partners to develop a comprehensive pact to reduce youth unemployment, with strong ownership by governments, the private sector, and youth organizations.

Despite the numerous ongoing interventions on youth employment in Africa, high youth unemployment in Africa, high youth unemployment and underemployment exists. There are also issues of youth employment that have not been well addressed. Weaknesses and challenges that have been identified include weak implementation of commitments, plans, and declarations; fragmented and uncoordinated efforts; scarcity of knowledge, information and lessons learned; absence of […]

AU, AfDB Ink Agreement for Improved Access to Rural Water Supply and Sanitation for 5 Million People

The Government of Rwanda, spearheading an African Union-led initiative, and the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) have signed an agreement aimed at providing at least EUR 50 million (approx. USD 70 million) within an Africa-wide resource mobilization initiative. The initiative will finance improved access to drinking water, sanitation and hygiene in Africa. The agreement was signed on the fringes of the 23rd AU Summit held from 26-27 June 2014 In Malabo (Equatorial Guinea).

The so-called “Kigali Action Plan” (KAP) aims to improve the livelihoods of five million people in 10 African Union Member States (including eight Fragile States). The KAP is intending to mobilise a part of the required funds by championing water and sanitation projects in Africa through a crowdfunding platform.

“The RWSSI Trust Fund is a strategic vehicle”, said AfDB’s Vice President in charge of Agriculture, Water, Human Development, Governance and Natural Resources, who commended the AU and Rwanda […]


The Assembly,

TAKES NOTE of the Report of Seventh Joint Annual Meeting of the African Union Conference of Ministers of Economy and Finance and Economic Commission for Africa Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning  and Economic Development;

Member States to ensure that the overarching goal of the Common African Position, which is to eradicate poverty in all its forms, is the key message in the intergovernmental negotiation process on the post-2015 development agenda, and to be vigilant about what Africa is negotiating;
The Commission, in collaboration with partners, to carry out projections of financing needs for implementing the Post-2015 Development Agenda in Africa using sustainable financing including domestic resources.

CALLS UPON the secretariat of the High-level Committee, with the support of partners, to come up with an advocacy and negotiation strategy to build alliances in order to ensure that African priorities identified in the Common African Position are reflected in the global […]