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10 Dec 2018 description

Child marriage is rooted in gender inequality and in the low value accorded to girls, and is exacerbated by poverty, insecurity and conflict. It denies girls their rights and undermines numerous development priorities. Ending child marriage will require long-term, sustainable action across many different sectors. A robust legal and policy framework with commitment and financing for implementation to prevent child marriage and to support married girls should be the cornerstone of government efforts to address the practice.

17 Jun 2018 description

Theme: Land Degradation and Migration

Today, 17th June, 2018, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) joins the international community in commemorating the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought under the theme; Land Degradation and Migration. This day is set aside to promote public awareness of international efforts to combat desertification.

23 May 2018 description

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) launched its pilot regional short and long term election observation training in Pretoria, South Africa from 1 to12 May 2018. The training follows the development of the first comprehensive regional curriculum on election observation in 2017. The curriculum is based on the region’s electoral experiences and the revised SADC Principles and Guidelines Governing Democratic Elections which were adopted by Member States in July 2015.

27 Mar 2018 description

The three-day Southern African Development Community (SADC) Regional Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Conference started on 26th March, 2018 in Pretoria, South Africa under the theme; Resilience for Sustainable Development with a call for renewed commitment to accelerate the implementation of the DRR frameworks such as the Sendai Framework for DRR (SFDRR) (2015 – 2030) and the African Union Programme of Action for DRR.

14 Feb 2018 description

The SADC Executive Secretary, Dr. Stergomena Lawrence Tax met the Head of Regional Delegation of ICRC for Southern Africa, Mr. Vincent Cassard at the SADC Secretariat Headquarters in Gaborone, Botswana on 12th February 2018.

13 Dec 2017 description

SUMMARY

The bulk of Southern African Development Community (SADC) is likely to receive normal to above-normal rainfall for most of the period January to May 2018. However, the extreme western part of Angola, Namibia, south-western part of South Africa, extreme northwest of DRC and eastern Madagascar are more likely to receive normal to below-normal rainfall for some of the seasons.

THE TWENTY FIRST ANNUAL SOUTHERN AFRICA REGIONAL CLIMATE OUTLOOK FORUM MID-SEASON REVIEW AND UPDATE

04 Sep 2017 description

SUMMARY

The bulk of Southern African Development Community (SADC) is likely to receive normal to below-normal rainfall for most of the period October to December (OND) 2017 and normal to above-normal rainfall for the January to March (JFM) 2018. However, northernmost Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), northern Tanzania, the islands states, eastern-most Madagascar and the south-eastern contiguous SADC region are likely to receive normal to above-normal rainfall throughout the 2017/18 rainy season.

15 Dec 2016 description

Gaborone, Botswana – 12 December 2016: In a quest to strengthen and fully operationalise the Civilian Component of the SADC Standby Force, the SADC Secretariat held the first ever Civilian Component Awareness Raising Workshop for SADC Organ Focal Points at the Cresta Lodge Hotel in Gaborone, Botswana on 12-13 December 2016.

01 Dec 2016 description

Balaclava, Mauritius – 26 November. The meeting of Southern African Development Community (SADC) Ministers responsible for Disaster Risk Management held the 26th November 2016 has adopted the SADC Regional Disaster Preparedness and Response Strategy which is expected to enhance coordinated interventions to disasters in the region.

21 Sep 2016 description

Executive Summary

The region experienced in many parts of the countries, the below normal rainfall conditions depicted by the devastating drought episode associated with the 2015/2016 El Nino event which threatens to impact negatively on livelihoods and quality of lives in the Region.

The SADC Climate Services Centre (CSC) had predicted, in August 2015, during SARCOF-19 the below normal rainfall conditions. This was consistent with the observed poor rainfall performance.

The current rainfall 2016/17 outlook is the opposite (reverse) of the last season.

26 Aug 2016 description

SUMMARY

The bulk of Southern African Development Community (SADC) is likely to receive normal to above-normal rainfall for most of the period October to December (OND) 2016 and the January to March (JFM) 2017. However, northernmost Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) northern Angola, southernmost of Tanzania, northern Mozambique, the islands states of Seychelles and eastern-most Madagascar are more likely to receive normal to below-normal rainfall most of the season.

THE TWENTIETH ANNUAL SOUTHERN AFRICA REGIONAL CLIMATE OUTLOOK FORUM

04 Aug 2016 description

The SADC El Niño Logistics and Coordination Team convened a workshop of Senior Officials from SADC Member States to facilitate the development of a Coordinated Regional Transportation Plan for Humanitarian Relief Cargo in the region.

27 May 2016 description

Press Release

(26th May 2016) The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Secretariat has established a Team to coordinate a regional response to the impacts of the 2015/2016 El-Niño phenomenon on livelihoods in close collaboration with Member States.

The SADC region is experiencing a devastating drought episode associated with the 2015/2016 El-Niño phenomenon which is affecting livelihoods and the quality of lives especially for women, children and the elderly in the region.

24 May 2016 description
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Background

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) is a regional integration block, comprising 15 Member States. It has an estimated population of 293 million people (SADC 2013) with an estimated annual growth rate of 2.6 percent and a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of US$686 billion (2013). It is estimated that nearly 40 percent of the region’s population live below the US$1 per day poverty line. This situation is exacerbated by the high prevalence of HIV and AIDS.

18 Dec 2014 description

Minimum Standards for the Prevention, Treatment and Management of Malaria in the SADC Region

Policy brief

Southern Africa Development Community Member States have committed themselves to improve child survival and development, and to respond to HIV and AIDS, TB and malaria. Implementation of these Minimum Standards will help meet those commitments.