South Africa hosts first UN Drought Core Group meeting

A meeting, focusing on the outlook and risks for drought and famines on the African continent in the year ahead, was held at the Department of International Relations and Cooperation’s (Dirco’s) offices, in Pretoria, on Wednesday. The inaugural meeting, which was hosted and chaired by South Africa, welcomed delegates from the Drought Core Group (DCG), who would deliberate on the terms of reference and future strategy of the group. The DCG is the outcome of the United Nations’ (UN’s) high-level partnership mission, co-led by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the African Union Commission (AUC).