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    Protocol on Politics, Defence and Security (2001)

    In 1996, SADC created the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security – an institutional framework for coordinating policies and activities on politics, defence, and security. However, the Organ operated without a legal framework and clear objectives until SADC passed the Protocol on Politics, Defence and Security Co-operation on 14th August 2001.

    This Protocol establishes the objectives of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security – namely, promoting peace and security across Southern Africa, protecting the region’s people from instability due to the breakdown of law and order, developing a common foreign policy throughout the region, and cooperating on matters related to security and defence. The Protocol also specifies the operating structure of the Organ – the chairperson, Troika, and various committees – and these structures’ responsibilities, systems of appointment, and procedures for operation. As well, it provides guidelines for the Organ’s jurisdiction, methods and procedures, and relationship with international agreements and extra-SADC nations.

    The Protocol was amended on 8th September 2009 to incorporate a structure accommodating regional policing cooperation activities – the Southern African Regional Police Chiefs Co-operation Organisation.

    • Protocol_on_Politics_Defence_and_Security20001.pdf

      Type: Protocols

      Date Signed: 2001-08-14

      Entry Into Force: 2004-03-02

      Place: Blantyre, Malawi

      Theme tags: Politics, Defence & Security, Politics and Diplomacy, Defence, Police (SARPCCO), State Security, Regional Peacekeeping, Disaster Risk Management