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Lesotho Council of Non-Governmental Organizations (LCN) had sent a representative delegation of about 15 delegates to the Southern Africa Civil Society Forum held on the 13 -15th of August 2010, Windhoek, Namibia that ended earlier this week to engage with their regional counterparts. The delegates comprised of various member NGOs operating in various field of development within the civil society.

The purpose of the forum was to interrogate how SADC as a region is responsive to the demands and expectations of its people. Among the issues discussed included the state of regional economic integration, climate change, free movement of persons, peace and security as well as the decent work agenda. Civil Society will also discuss the impact that the global economic crisis has had on the region and the response of governments to the crises.

The forum was held under the auspices of the Fellowship of Christian Councils of Southern Africa (FOCCISA), Southern Africa Development Community – Council of Non Governmental Organizations (SADC-CNGO), Southern Africa Trade Union Coordination Council (SATUCC) and hosted by NANGOF Trust of Namibia. The three organizations had signed the Alliance Pact in June 2010 as churches, NGOs and trade unions under FOCCISA, SADC-CNGO and SATUCC respectively.

In signing the alliance pact the three bodies committed themselves to working together in contributing towards people-centered regional integration and development and to collectively engage SADC and Member States on issues of common interest such as poverty eradication, promotion of democracy and good governance and justice.

The annual forum that was held in parallel with the SADC heads of States Summit, resolved therefore thus; (please refer to the attached declaration).

The forum became a springboard for civil society’s preparations to engage in the forthcoming SADC Stakeholders Consultative Conference on the Global Economic Crisis to be organized by LCN to be held in Maseru, Lesotho in October, 2010.

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