Southern African Development Community (SADC)

Communauté de développement de l'Afrique australe (CDAA)
Comunidade de Desenvolvimento da Africa Austral

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1992-08-17 Windhoek Namibia


Established on signature of Declaration and Treaty by Heads of State of member nations, to replace H-XD9682 - Southern African Development Coordination Conference (SADCC), created 1 Apr 1980, Lusaka (Zambia), a meeting of Council of Ministers of SADCC, Jan 1992, Maputo (Mozambique), having endorsed a plan to transform the Conference into an economic community with common policies in areas such as trade and exchange rates, and with a majority-ruled South Africa as a full member. Restructured 2001.


Achieve development and economic growth, alleviate poverty, enhance living standards and quality of life of the peoples of Southern Africa and support the socially disadvantaged through regional integration; evolve common political values, systems and institutions; promote and defend peace and security; promote self-sustaining development on the basis of collective self reliance and the interdependence of member states; achieve complementarity between national and regional strategies and programmes; promote and maximize productive employment and utilization of the region's resources; achieve sustainable utilization of natural resources and effective protection of the environment; strengthen and consolidate historical, social and cultural affinities and links among the peoples of the region.


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Institutional framework: Summit of Heads of State or Government (annual); Summit Troika of the Organ/SADC Organ on Politics Defence and Security; SADC Tribunal; SADC Council of Ministers. Sectoral and Cluster Ministerial Committees: Trade, Industry, Finance and Investment; Infrastructure and Services; Food, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment; Social and Human Development and Special Programmes; Politics, Defence and Security; Legal Affairs and Judicial Matters. Standing Committee of Senior Officials. SADC Secretariat, comprising Executive Secretary, 2 Deputies Executive Secretary (Regional Integration; Finance and Administration). SADC National Committees, including SADC Committee of Ambassadors and High Commissioners. SADC Parliamentary Forum.


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GOAL 1: No PovertyGOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 5: Gender EqualityGOAL 6: Clean Water and SanitationGOAL 7: Affordable and Clean EnergyGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureGOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesGOAL 15: Life on LandGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions



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