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SADC to Support Dlamini-Zuma for AU Post

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) will be backing Home Affairs Minister, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, as its candidate to head the African Union (AU) Commission.

Angolan Foreign Minister, Rebelo Pinto Chikoti, points out that, "It’s going to be a campaign of all SADC member states, and we are going to work and convince others with all the strong arguments that we have."

SADC’s decision, taken at a meeting in Cape Town, comes barely two weeks after Dlamini-Zuma failed to unseat incumbent Jean Ping of Gabon at an AU summit in Addis Ababa.

SADC Urged to Recognise Migrants

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent societies (IFRC) is calling Southern African Development Community (SADC) governments put in place policies that recognise the rights of migrants.
 
The IFRC, which joins forces with regional humanitarian organisations to eliminated problems faced by migrants in the region, argues that migrants’ needs must be addressed irrespective of their legal status in a host country.
 

African Youth Day Conference 2011

The Organisation of African Youth (OAYouth) is the youth platform for information exchange, forum for debate on African issues and a network of future political, corporate, academic, literary, religious and traditional leaders in all African contexts.

The African Youth Day was declared and adopted by the African Union (AU) in 2006 to be commemorated on 1 November each year. It has since evolved as the most powerful platform of young people of Africa.

SA Scores Highly on Gender – Activist

Malawian gender activist, Emma Kaliya, says her country is at position eight, while South Africa has clinched the first position on gender development and governance in Southern African Development Community region.

Kaliya, who is executive director of NGO Gender Coordination network, argues that the cancellation of the local polls to 2014 has affected the country's standing.

The NGO only assessed the country on 2009 elections and public as well as private sectors.

South Africa to Host SADC Election Forum

The electoral commissions of Southern African Development Community (SADC)  countries will meet from 23-25 August 2011 in South Africa to examine critical recent trends and developments affecting electoral democracy in the region.

The Electoral Commissions Forum, which was launched in 1998 is an independent entity which facilitates cooperation between the electoral authorities of countries in the SADC.

Its main function is the promotion of democratic values and free, fair and transparent elections in the SADC region.

Call for Systematic HIV Drug Resistance Testing

A new study www.liebertonline.com/doi/full/10.1089/aid.2010.0030 has found that transmitted HIV drug resistance may be on the rise in Africa, and the authors warn that unless resistance surveillance is increased, the continent's treatment programmes could suffer.

Led by the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) in five African countries, the study found that the prevalence of transmitted drug resistance in Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia is considerably higher than previously reported.

Gbagbo Must Go for Africa’s Sake – Annan

Former United Nations secretary-general, Kofi Annan, says that if Ivorian President, Laurent Gbagbo, stays in power in despite losing a presidential election, it will be a setback for the whole of Africa.

Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Annan, who mediated in many African conflicts, said the result of the December election appeared clear and almost everyone accepted the UN-certified outcome that former Prime Minister, Alessane Ouattara had won.

Heavy Rain Puts Relief Agencies on Alert

Heavy rains and localised flooding across southern Africa from Angola to Madagascar are raising fears that the devastating floods of 2000 will be repeated, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

Hein Zeelie, an OCHA humanitarian affairs officer based in Johannesburg, points out that, "All countries in contiguous southern Africa are expected to receive normal to above-normal rainfall between January and March 2011.

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