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The United Nations (UN) on Tuesday engaged university students on what they want to be achieved by 2045.

The discussion dwelled on the future the students want by 2045 and how to achieve it.

The organisation is targeting 2045 because it will coincide with the time it will be celebrating its 100th birthday.

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Speaking at the dialogue with university students, held under the theme ‘The Future Malawi Youth Want: Shaping Our Future Together’, UN Resident Coordinator Maria Jose Torres encouraged students in Malawi to join the global conversation.

“We are here to listen to you on Getting Views to Enrich the UN75 Initiative as you belong to the hub where knowledge is developed and advanced, thereafter applied to the government, industry, commerce and the community. [You are] therefore crucial to this conversation,” Torres said

She said university students belonged to a community of unique people ready to tackle today’s biggest challenges, especially now that the world is facing the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Torres explained that UN in Malawi would continue playing a role in addressing global challenges.

She said Malawi could teach the world how to address problems of conflict, climate change, access to energy and empowerment of women and girls.

On his part, Information Minister Gospel Kazako said the conversation with university students was critical to sustainable development.

“Universities play critical roles in driving research and innovation, promoting access to knowledge, and enhancing technological advancement. Students are very critical to Malawi’s social progress and economic growth. This is why I am glad that we have provided this space to tap your knowledge in this dialogue initiative” Kazako said

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