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2018 SADC People Summit Communique

2018 SADC PEOPLE SUMMIT COMMUNIQUE TO THE SADC HEAD OF STATE AND GOVERNMENT

PRESENTED TO THE INCOMING CHAIRPERSON OF SADC, HIS EXECELLENCY, THE PRESIDENT OF NAMIBIA, HAGE GEINGOB ON THE 17th of AUGUST 2018 at the SAFARI HOTEL, WINDHOEK NAMIBIA.

We, the more than 800 delegates drawn from grassroots social movements, community based organisations, faith based organisations, small scale food producers, women’s organisations, labour, students, youths, children, economic justice, human rights, people with disabilities and other various sectors of social movements gathered at the SADC People Summit convened by the Southern Africa People Solidarity Network (SAPSN) at the Windhoek Show Grounds in Windhoek, Namibia, from 16-17 August 2018 under the theme “Reclaiming SADC for social, economic and political justice, free movement and use of natural resources for youth employment, affordable land and housing for all.”

Appreciating the effort of SADC Secretariat in opening its doors to Social Movements in general and particularly acknowledging the role of the SAPSN in mobilising citizens of the region to defend their livelihoods, offer alternatives and reclaim their space and voice in the SADC processes; Further appreciating the space created by the incoming SADC Chairperson, His Excellency President of Namibia Hage Geingob for the social movements and civil society on the 15th of August 2018 and his pledge to engage with the civil society organisations and social movements in the region on key issues bedevilling the region;

Noting the existence of the SADC as a regional economic bloc with a relatively better peace and security dividend in a well-resourced Africa in terms of natural and human resources but burdened with the responsibility to address the threats to peace and human security in specific SADC member states such as the DRC, Zimbabwe and Lesotho where the military and police continue to meddle in politics, in the process violating fundamental human rights;

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