Inauguration of the SASSCAL Council of Ministers

The SASSCAL Ministerial Council held its first Meeting on 26 September 2019. The meeting was held after the signing ceremony of the SASSCAL Treaty and Joint Declaration. The meeting was attended by the host Minister and elected Chair of the Ministerial Council, Honourable Alpheus !Naruseb (Namibia); Honourable Minister; Maria do Rosario Bragança Sambo (Angola); Her Excellency Tshenolo Modise (representing Honourable Minister Mokaila, Botswana); Her Excellency Stella Libongani (representing Hon. Minister Brian Mushimba, Zambia); Prof. Rene Haak (representing Honourable Minister Anja Karliczek, Germany). SASSCAL Governing Board representatives; Mrs. Jane Chinkusu- Board Chair, Hon. Anna Shiweda – Vice Chair, Prof Gabriel Miguel -Board member (Angola) and Mr Balisi Gopolang – alternate Board member (Botswana) were also in attendance and Dr Jane M Olwoch, SASSCAL Executive Director.

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SASSCAL Treaty and Joint Declaration signed consolidating International Partnership for Climate Action

SASSCAL held its second Ministerial meeting on 26 September 2019 in Windhoek, Namibia. The meeting marked a historic milestone in the history of the Joint Initiative as the Member states representatives signed the SASSCAL Treaty and Joint Declaration. Signing of the two documents has set in motion the transformation of SASSCAL into an international organization, thus opening doors to allow SASSCAL a global footprint and access to several international funding instruments.

The signing is yet another step in strengthening the International Partnership for Climate action by Member States. Building, strengthening and maintaining partnerships through the regional initiative and German provides yet another platform for science diplomacy towards tackling global challenges.

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