Swaziland – 17 June 2016

Swaziland Prepares for 36th SADC Summit

The Kingdom of Swaziland is intensifying preparations for the annual regional summit where southern African countries will review progress towards deepening integration and promoting socio-economic development.

The 36th Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) is scheduled for Mbabane, Swaziland in August.

His Majesty King Mswati III of Swaziland, currently the deputy chairperson of SADC, will assume leadership of the regional organization from President Seretse Khama Ian Khama of Botswana at the Summit.



UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham visits Swaziland to focus attention on children at risk from regional drought crisis

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham meets Sebenelle, 14, in Makhewu, Swaziland, on June 7, 2016, who receives 7 Fund support in management of malnutrition in HIV positive children.

During his visit to Swaziland, the country with the highest rates of HIV infection in the world, Beckham met mothers and children who are living with HIV in some of the poorest homesteads in Lubombo and Shiselweni regions. He saw how his fund is helping UNICEF to provide children with life-saving treatment and care and learned how over the next three years the 7 Fund is committed to contributing 27% of UNICEF Swaziland’s annual budget for HIV/AIDS.

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham: “Last year I launched my own Fund with UNICEF because I wanted to help build a safer world for children. I feel very proud to be in Swaziland to see how the money raised through the 7 Fund is helping to keep vulnerable children affected by HIV and AIDS healthy and safe. Many of the children I met, some of whom were the same age as my own children, had lost one or both parents to AIDS and are themselves now living with HIV. As a father of four, it was hard to hear their stories about the daily challenges they face, which are now being made so much worse by this devastating drought.”