Malawi rated highly on UN Sustainable Development Goals 16

By Tione Andsen, MANA

The United Nations (UN) said Malawi has become a great example of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 16 on peaceful coexistence and strong institutions.

This was disclosed by UN Resident Coordinator, Maria Jose Torres on Thursday during the panel discussion at the official launch of the Malawi Growth Development Strategy (MGDS) III  mid-term report at Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe.

Resident Coordinator Maria Jose Torres

She said the role played by the Judiciary, Parliament, Armed Forces, Political Parties, Civil Society and the citizens was commendable and sets a great example for region, the African continent and the world.

“Allow me to refer to an achievement by Malawi in terms of the SDG agenda that requires be noting and applauding — even if it not strictly linked to the MDGS III — that’s the peaceful transition through elections from a government to another in 2020,” Torres said.

She said the June 23, fresh presidential elections in the country would remain a model to other countries for a long time as a way of enhancing and consolidating democracy.

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She said the MGDS review report comes at a very opportune time as the country enters the decade of action which is the last 10 years of the implementation of the agenda 2030.

The UN Resident Coordinator added that in this decade of action, the UN in Malawi, through United Nations Sustainable Development Corporation Framework, was invested in accelerating the SDG agenda together with the government, development partners, civil society and other stakeholders through two elements of strong partnerships and rights based approach.

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Torres congratulated the government and National Planning Commission (NPC) for undertaking this very important review of Malawi’s medium-term development strategy.

“The MGDS III is the country’s first strategy to have domesticated the SDGs and it has been instrumental in facilitating implementation, monitoring and reporting of the SDGs in the country.”

She added that the country needs to have updated data during the planning process of any development to help the planners do their work efficiently.

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Data expert, Sofi Kang’oma expressed concern that several sectors were not willing to share their data for comprehensive for consolidation at national level.

“We need to have updated data when formulating any development programmes,” she said.

“The challenge that we are facing was that sometime we depend on data which was collected three years back when designing our projects.”