We, the International Election Observer Missions present for the 30 July Harmonised Elections in Zimbabwe, while appreciating the generally peaceful and orderly pre-electoral environment and on voting day, express our grave concern about the regrettable outbreaks of post-election violence.
At the outset, we extend our sympathies to the families and loved ones of those affected by these troubling incidents.
While recognising the right to peaceful protest, we condemn vandalism and destruction of property and call on political party supporters to abide by the law.
His Excellency H.E João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço, President of the Republic of Angola, and the Chairperson of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation wishes to express his solidarity with the people of Zimbabwe for conducting themselves in an exemplary manner during voting day on 30 July, 2018.
The Chairperson calls on all stakeholders and political leaders and their supporters to rise above the unfortunate challenges of the immediate postelection period to ensure the country aspires to a new and promising era.
The representatives of the Guarantors of the Peace, Security and Cooperation (PSC) Framework for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the region held their fifth ministerial meeting in Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo, on 20 July 2018. The meeting was chaired by H.E. Jean-Claude Gakosso, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and Congolese abroad, representing the Chair of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) and Chair of the Regional Oversight Mechanism of the PSC Framework. It was attended by H.E.
09 July 2018, Gaborone, Botswana - The number of food insecure people in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region in the 2018/19 consumption year is 29 million people, representing 14 percent of the population, according to the “State of Food and Nutrition Insecurity and Vulnerability in Southern Africa” report. The report was compiled from results of the 2018 vulnerability assessments and analysis of 11 SADC Member States. The number of the food insecure population is 13 percent higher, compared to last year, 2017/8.
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.