Minister of Water and Sanitation Abida Mia says will lobby developed countries and organisations to assist Malawi with resources to ensure that people have access to clean water.
The minister is in New York United States of America where she is to attend the UN 2023 Water Conference at the invitation of the United Nations leadership.
Mia says access to clean water is an essential service to every citizen across the globe and it is a basic but important human right.
The United Nations holds a global water conference to ensure that countries deliberate on the significance of making water accessible to the people.
Mia is attending the summit from Wednesday to Friday this week. Speaking prior to the conference, Mia who is also a Member of Parliament for Chikwawa Nkombezi says her duty will be to urge organizations to turn to Malawi and support every citizen of the country to have access to clean water.
She adds that a well-managed water cycle is critical to human society and the integrity of the natural environment. The minister says Malawi is a country hit by Cyclone Freddy barely a year it was devastated by Cyclone Ana and Tropical Storm Gombe. In this scenario access to water is now a problem, and there is a need for donors to step in quickly.
Mia says President Dr Lazarus Chakwera and his administration are geared to support people affected by Cyclone Freddy.
The minister was among the first prominent people in Blantyre to respond to the disaster as she was seen in the worst-hit Chilobwe Township helping out the survivors. Mia will address the delegates at the UN 2023 Water Conference on Thursday, and is expected to unfold Malawi’s achievements and what the government is doing in the water and sanitation sector.
The UN 2023 Water Conference will be co-hosted by Tajikistan and the Netherlands. – MBC Online Services.