SADC to establish disaster response fund for climate change

17 Mar 2019 13:50pm
WINDHOEK, 17 MAR (NAMPA) – The Southern African Development Community (SADC) is in the process of establishing a disaster response fund to help member states affected by climate change.
This was revealed by SADC Deputy Executive Secretary for Regional Integration, Thembinkosi Mhlongo here on Saturday, during a media briefing which took place following the SADC Council of Ministers meeting.
He said the council of ministers took the decision to establish the fund to prepare for any eventualities.
Mhlongo said the council looked at how the region could collectively tap into its contribution to climate insurance mechanisms in addition to a fund to respond to climate change.
“We need to do our part to make sure that we are ready for any eventuality, but at the same time ensure that as countries, we do not contribute to more violent climate change in the region,” he said.
This also comes after member states such as Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Malawi were hit by cyclones and floods this month, killing people and leaving thousands of others displaced.
During the meeting, ministers deliberated on regional economic growth and development, peace and security and regional integration.
Delivering a briefing on the outcome of the meeting on Saturday, Chairperson of the Council of Ministers, Namibia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah said a number of youth-focused activities that have been implemented were noted. These generated discussions on youth involvement in business and entrepreneurship.
Recommendations were also made by the ministers of information and communication technologies and public information of member states to introduce the singing of the SADC anthem and hoisting of the SADC flag during all SADC meetings and national events.
This, the council said, would enhance popularisation of the SADC identity, brand and community building symbols.
The recommendations were endorsed.
The next Council of Ministers meeting will be held in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, in August, where Namibia will also hand over its chairpersonship.