President Peter Mutharika yesterday left for the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (Unga74) with a message that Malawi is on the right track in eradicating poverty and empowering women.
Speaking on departure to the UN Headquarters in New York, United States of America, Mutharika said this year’s theme, Galvanising Multilateral Efforts for Poverty Eradication, Quality Education, Climate Change and Inclusion, is in line with Malawi’s Growth Development Strategy (MGDS) III and that he will present what the country has achieved so far and also learn from others.
He said: “We will engage and listen to our friends on empowerment of women and youth, most of the things that will be discussed at the meeting are already in our Malawi Growth and Development Strategy III. We will go there to learn what other countries have done and how it will help us. We will continue to eradicate poverty and women empowerment.”
Every year in September, all 193 UN member States meet for this forum in New York for the General Assembly session, whose official opening will be held on September 24.
The assembly discusses a wide array of international issues covered by the Charter of the United Nations, such as development, peace and security and international law.
Unga74 will run from September 17 to 30.
As the President left, Human Rights Defenders Coalition had just resumed their demonstrations to demand the resignantion of Malawi Electoral Commission chairperson Jane Ansah.
It is not clear when Mutharika will return home.