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    • 20 Nov, 2014

      SADC Executive Secretary Thanks Cooperating Partners

      SADC Executive Secretary, H.E Dr. Stergomena Lawrence Tax has thanked international cooperating partners for assisting the Center for Coordination of Agricultural Research and Development for Southern Africa (CCARDESA) to launch a grant facility.

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    • 20 Nov, 2014

      Russian ambassador to Botswana Pays a Courtesy Call on SADC Executive Secretary

      The Ambassador of the Russian Federation, H.E Victor Sibilev has paid a courtesy call on SADC Executive Secretary, H.E Dr. Stergomena Lawrence Tax to discuss the strengthening of the Russia-SADC partnership.

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    • 18 Nov, 2014

      The Regional Director of Southern Africa Amnesty International Pays a Courtesy Call on The Executive Secretary

      The Regional Director of Southern Africa Amnesty International Mr. Deprose Muchena, accompanied by his Deputy Director for Research Mr. Noel Kututwa paid a courtesy call on the Executive Secretary of SADC Dr. Stergomena Lawrence Tax on Friday November 14, 2014 at the SADC HQ in Gaborone, Botswana. The purpose of the visit was to formerly inform the Executive Secretary about the Regional Office of Amnesty International for Southern Africa which recently opened in Johannesburg and discuss ways in which the two organisations can work together to promote Human Rights in Southern Africa. Amnesty International is a global movement that fights against human abuse.

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    • 13 Nov, 2014

      SADC Calls for an End to Environmental Crimes

      SADC has called for an end to environmental crimes and crimes against wildlife. Speaking at the Summit on Wildlife Crimes, held in Arusha, Tanzania on 7-8 November, 2014, SADC Executive Secretary H.E. Dr. Stergomena Lawrence Tax said: “We should therefore take all measures to contain environmental crimes and no one should be allowed to stop us from achieving this goal. It is time for unity and solidarity against environmental crimes. The same unity that has given us a place at the negotiations for the Convention in International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), and the same unity and solidarity that earned us political freedom, this same unity will be our pillar in addressing environmental crime with the support of our partners, including the international community”.

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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.