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    • 29 Oct, 2014

      Key Stakeholders Should Unite for Meaningful Social Change

      SADC Executive Secretary H.E. Dr. Stergomena Lawrence Tax has called on SADC Member States to involve civil society and other none-state entities in the formulation, implementation and monitoring of social security policies. Delivering a keynote address at the Southern Africa Trust and Mail and Guardian: Investing in Future and Drivers of Change Awards ceremony last night, 28th October 2014 in Johannesburg, South Africa, Dr. Tax said: “Without this chain of relationships between governments, the private sector, civil society and citizens at large, it is inconceivable how we can progress and be a continent at peace with itself, prosperous and safe as envisioned by the African Union’s Agenda 2063”.

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    • 27 Oct, 2014

      SADC Calls for United Action to Help Vulnerable People World Wide

      SADC Executive Secretary H.E. Dr. Stergomena Lawrence Tax has called on the international community to make a breakthrough in the areas of humanitarian aid and humanitarian diplomacy, by dedicating efforts and resources towards helping humanity facing natural disasters.

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    • 27 Oct, 2014

      SADC and the United Nations Sign a Memorandum of Understanding

      SADC and the United Nations have signed a Memorandum of understanding (MoU) to establish a framework for cooperation between the parties with a view enhance the effective response to disasters in Southern Africa; improve the capacities of SADC and its Member States in disaster risk management and humanitarian assistance; advocate for the rights of people affected by social conflicts and natural disasters; and create an enabling environment for sustainable development.

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    • 22 Oct, 2014

      King Letsie Thanks SADC

      The King Letsie III of the Kingdom of Lesotho has expressed his gratitude to SADC for facilitating the peace process in the country.

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    Documents & Publications

    Message of Condolences from the Chairperson of SADC

    SADC Chairperson, H.E. Robert Gabriel Mugabe's message of condolences on the death of Zambian President, late Michael Chilufya Sata

    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.