• Recent News

    • 16 Apr, 2014

      MCO reviews political and security situation in SADC

      The Meeting of the Ministerial Committee of the Organ (MCO) Troika was held in Windhoek, Namibia, on 10 April 2014. The meeting reviewed the political and security in the region, in particular in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Republic of Madagascar.

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    • 14 Apr, 2014

      Food Security & Nutrition Stakeholders Forum

      SADC Secretariat, in collaboration with the Southern Africa Trust and the National Smallholder Farmers Association of Malawi (NASFAM) convened a SADC Food and Nutrition Security (FNS) Strategy Stakeholders Forum, hosted by the Government of the Republic of Malawi, in Lilongwe from 9-10 April, 2014.

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    • 9 Apr, 2014

      Youth Forum

      SADC Secretariat, in collaboration with the Southern Africa Trust and the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA), convened a SADC Youth Forum, hosted by the Government of the Republic of Malawi, in Lilongwe from 7-8th April, 2014. The purpose of the Forum was to provide a platform for youth in SADC to consult among themselves and come up with recommendations on key youth issues and priorities that will inform the agenda of SADC Ministers responsible for youth at their next meeting scheduled for June 2014 in Malawi.

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    • 3 Apr, 2014

      SADC Executive Secretary Visits the SADC Regional Peacekeeping Training Centre

      SADC Executive Secretary H.E Dr. Stergomena Lawrence Tax has visited the SADC Regional Peacekeeping Training Centre (RPTC), in Harare, Zimbabwe. The RPTC provides training for peace support missions in the SADC region. It forms part of the core objectives of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation.

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    Documents & Publications

    SADC Treaty (1992)


    The SADC Treaty is the founding document for the establishment of the Southern African Development Community (SADC). In pursuance of the principles of Towards a Southern African Development Community, a declaration was made by the Heads of State or Government of Southern Africa, at Windhoek, Namibia, in August 1992 affirming their commitment to establish a Development Community in the region.

    Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan

    The Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan of SADC is a comprehensive 15–year strategic roadmap, which provides the strategic direction for achieving SADC’s long term social and economic goals. It also provides the SADC Secretariat and other SADC institutions with clear guidelines on SADC’s approved social and economic priorities and policies and therefore, enhancing their effectiveness in discharging their facilitating and coordinating role. It was approved by SADC Summit in 2003 and its effective implementation began in 2005.

    SADC SIPO II (English)

    The Revised Edition of the Strategic Indicative Plan for the Organ (SIPO II) provides a review of the first edition of the Plan. Based on the objectives and common agenda of SADC, the Strategic Indicative Plan for the Organ, first signed in 2004, provided general guidelines that spelt out specific implementation activities, in accordance with the objectives of the Protocol on Defense, Politics and Security Cooperation, and the strategies for their realisation, covering the Public Security, Political, Defence, and State security sectors.