The Chairperson of the Southern African Development Community(SADC) Lt. General Dr Seretse Khama Ian Khama, President of Botswana will
declare a Regional Disaster and launch a Regional Appeal for Humanitarian and Recovery Support amounting to US$2.7 billion.
This is in response to the devastating El-Niño-induced drought which has affected an estimated 40 million people across the SADC region, and out of this figure, more than 23 million are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.
The Appeal is a formal request to the International Community to provide assistance to affected Member States, and it is meant to complement the
response efforts at individual Member States level, as a lot has been done by the Countries.
Five Member States, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Swaziland and Zimbabwe have declared national drought emergencies. South Africa has declared a drought emergency in 8 of the country’s 9 provinces, while Mozambique declared a 90-day institutional red alert for some southern and central areas.
Where: Gaborone International Convention Centre (GICC), Botswana
When: Tuesday 26th July 2016. The Programme will start at 08:30am and end with a Press briefing at 10.4 0am
Who: Hosted by the SADC Secretariat the event will be attended by invited guests from: Embassies in Botswana; Donors and ICPs – EU, USAID,
DFID, SDC, GIZ, AfDB, World Bank, JICA, IMF, Southern Africa Trust, China; AU, NEPAD; UN Agencies – WFP, FAO, OCHA, UNICEF, UNDP, WHO, UNAIDS, UN Women, UNHCR, IOM; Government Officials; SADC Directors and Head of Units; Civil Society and Private Sector