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SADC Ministers Convene Virtually to Tackle El Niño-Induced Crisis

The Council of Ministers of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) convened virtually to address the pressing issue of El Niño-induced droughts and floods wreaking havoc across the region.

Chaired by His Excellency Ambassador Téte António, Minister of External Relations of Angola and Chairperson of the SADC Council of Ministers, the meeting aimed to strategize measures to alleviate the severe impact of the natural disasters.

In his opening remarks, Ambassador Téte António underscored the urgent need for a coordinated regional response to the agricultural crisis.

He emphasized that the adverse effects of disasters transcend national borders, necessitating collaborative efforts among SADC Member States.

The Executive Secretary of SADC, His Excellency Mr. Elias M. Magosi, expressed gratitude to cooperating partners, including United Nations Agencies such as the World Food Programme (WFP), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), for their unwavering support.

H.E. Magosi urged other cooperating partners, the international community, and the private sector to rally together and mobilize resources to aid affected Member States.

Representatives from WFP, FAO, OCHA, and UNICEF, in their statements during the meeting, reaffirmed their commitment to supporting the SADC region in tackling the multifaceted challenges posed by the El Niño Phenomenon.

Source: SADC

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