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UN Resident Coordinator ends tour of duty

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Patricia Kaliati

UN Resident Coordinator, Maria Jose Torres, has ended her tour of duty in Malawi.

Torres, who finished her tenure Friday, took leave of President Lazarus Chakwera on Wednesday at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe.

“I thank Torres for her years of service to Malawi and wish her well on her new assignment,” Chakwera said.

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In the past four years, Torres has led the UN system in support of Malawi’s efforts to achieve national development priorities and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

According to a press statement signed by Phillip Pemba, Development Coordination Officer in the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office, Torres has applauded the great cooperation between Malawi and the UN in multiple areas of work.

These include food security, disaster response, Covid-19 response, climate action, elections, gender equality, girls’ education, human rights and governance.

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“I am delighted to see Malawi’s vision to become a middle-income country by 2063 and the robust partnerships created with the national institutions, the civil society and the Development Partners,” Torres is quoted as saying.

“The UN is fully engaged to ensure we leave no one behind in accelerating efforts to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Malawi,” she said.

Torres said promoting multisectoral approaches in line with the recently launched Malawi 2063 First 10-Year Implementation Plan (MIP-1) would be essential to undertake transformative initiatives and consolidate gains on climate action, agro-industry transformation, urbanisation and pushing for the digital agenda.

“With stronger determination, commitment, concerted efforts, and a whole-of-society approach, it is possible to achieve the SDGs in Malawi. It will take everyone’s contribution,” said Torres.

She also thanked development partners for the support they have rendered to the UN system.

Torres started her mission in Malawi in January 2018 and her last day of work in Malawi was Friday.

One of the areas which the UN system is supporting Malawi in is social welfare and Minister of Gender Patricia Kaliati has described Torres as a person who became Malawian.

She said Torres as an accommodative policy implementer when it came to elimination of gender-based violence and early marriages.

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