Southern African Development Community (SADC)

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  • Established: By the Treaty of Windhoek, signed August 17, 1992, in Windhoek, Namibia, by representatives from the ten members of the former Southern African Development Coordination Conference (SADCC); Agreement Amending the Treaty signed August 14, 2001, in Blantyre, Malawi.

    Purpose: To achieve self-sustaining development and economic growth based on collective self-reliance and interdependence; to achieve sustainable use of natural resources while protecting the environment; to promote and defend regional peace and security; to enhance the standard of living through regional integration, including establishing a free trade area.

    Headquarters: Gaborone, Botswana.

    Principal Organs: Summit Meeting of Heads of State and Government; SADC Tribunal; Council of Ministers; Organ on Politics, Defense and Security Cooperation; Sectoral/Cluster Ministerial Committees; SADC Secretariat; Standing Committee of Senior Officials; SADC National Committees.

    Website: www.sadc.int.

    Executive Secretary: Dr. ...

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