The United Nations (UN) Departments of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) and Field Support (DFS) met with the Southern African Development Community (SADC) at the UN Headquarters in New York on 14 February 2018, to discuss on ways that will ensure continued support to the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) and its Force Intervention Brigade (FIB).- MONUSCO, through the SADC FIB, continues to conduct offensive operations against negative forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), particularly in the eastern territory-.
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.
The African Union Commission (AUC) and SADC Secretariat conducted a Joint Technical Assessment Mission of SADC Preventive Mission in the Kingdom of Lesotho (SAPMIL) from 05 to 09 February 2018. Team was led by Mr. Simon Baza from the Secretariat of the AU Peace and Security Council. This mission was conducted pursuant to the decision of the Peace and Security Council (PSC) that was adopted at its 748th Meeting held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 24 January 2018.
The Executive Secretary of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Her Excellency Dr. Stergomena Lawrence Tax received the Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General to the Great Lakes Region, His Excellency Said Djinnit at the SADC Secretariat Head Office in Gaborone, Botswana on 6th February 2018.
Erratic rainfall, high temperatures and persistent Fall Armyworm infestation lower cereal crop production prospects for 2018 in southern Africa.
In the absence of consistent rains for the remainder of the season, dry conditions experienced in December to January will further diminish water supplies for domestic, agricultural and commercial use.
These conditions are likely to have far reaching consequences on access to adequate food and nutrition and ability of farmers to produce in the 2018/19 consumption year.