The United Nations in Malawi is expressing confidence that views being asked from different stakeholders under UN 75 will help make the world a better place in the next 25 years when the UN will be clocking 100 years.
United Nation Resident Coordinator, Maria Jose Torres, made the remarks in Lilongwe during interactions with students from different local universities.
The soliciting of views is part of celebrations marking 75 years of the global body’s existence since its formation in 1945.
According to Torres, the process will help stakeholders to contribute possible solutions towards some global issues such as climate action, human rights, poverty and inequality among others.
“We want to capture the aspirations, the dreams and solutions because we want to integrate those into the work of development that we are doing.
“At the same time we want to bring the conversation to young people that are not part of the political movements but they are active in various fields,” she said.
Meanwhile Minister of Information Gospel Kazako is describing the engagement as crucial in advancing the youth agenda both at the national and global level.
Kazako has since challenged the university students to take advantage of the discussions to start demanding space in the United Nations service.
Said Kazako: “We expect that there will be conversations on what type of UN these young people want to have. For a long time Malawi has been part of the UN but very few have had a chance to serve at the highest level of that global organisation.”
Ephraim Ziwoya, a student at the Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST) highlights that the dialogue will give them a platform to voice out their views to the world as well as share ideas and solutions to global challenges.
It is expected that views expressed during the dialogue sessions will contribute towards improved international and national development policies that will be pursued to create the future people want by the year 2045 in the world and Malawi in particular.