Malawi President Peter Mutharika Sunday arrived back home from the United States of America where he attended this year’s United Nations General Assembly.
Vice President Saulos Chilima led Malawians and diplomats in welcoming the President from the US, where he stayed for two weeks.
The major highlight of the General Assembly, was the adoption of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
In a brief interview with the press after his arrival, the President said government will find ways of integrating the goals into the current programmes government is implementing.
“We will integrate them into the domestic system, as we did with the eight MGDs [Millennium Development Goals].We will put them in our budget as part of our programmes, as Malawi Development Growth Strategy,” Mutharika said.
He said he will explain more at a press conference to be held within this week.
The new set of goals, adopted on September 25 2015, is an expansion of MDGs into 17 diverse thematic areas that cover poverty, hunger, education, gender equality and health, as well as environmental concerns and broader social justice issues – inequality, decent work, peaceful and inclusive societies, and accountable institutions.
Each goal has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years.
This year’s UN trip courted controversy after it was learnt that over 100 people left the country for the Assembly. Although government clarified that only 18 people formed part of the delegation, it has widely been believed that number might have been more than what government asserts.
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