By Deogratias Mmana, Mana:
President Peter Mutharika and Cabinet ministers that have accompanied him to this year’s United Nations General Assembly (Unga) in New York, the United States, have a busy schedule of meetings.
Addressing Unga aside, Mutharika is expected to attend the opening of Climate Action Summit.
Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Minister, Francis Kasaila, said the summit was expected to pool officials from governments, private sector and non-governmental organisations to strategise on how to address climate change leading up to 2030.
Kasaila said Mutharika was expected to give a Least Developed Countries Commitment speech on behalf of member states.
“Mutharika is also expected to attend the opening ceremony of the 74th session of Unga on Tuesday and another opening ceremony on the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals where he is, again, expected to speak for three minutes on behalf of the Least Developed Countries,” he said.
Mutharika is also expected to attend private roundtable discussion on HIV/Aids progress in Africa hosted by former America president George Bush.
Malawi is expected to participate in meetings such as Universal Health Coverage and 30th anniversary of the adoption of Convention on Rights of the Child (CRC).
Ministers may be delegated to attend some of the meetings.
Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare Minister, Mary Thom Navicha, said the child rights’ meeting would give Malawi an opportunity to showcase developments made within 30 years of CRC adoption.
“As a country, we have promoted child participation initiatives through children’s Parliament, children’s corners and child-led clubs in schools,” Navicha said.
Health and Population Minister, Jappie Mhango, said Malawi was ready to share its experiences on Universal Health Coverage and learn from other countries.
This year’s Unga theme is: “Galvanising Multilateral Efforts for Poverty Eradication, Quality Education, Climate Action and Inclusion.”