President Dr Lazarus Chakwera has addressed a UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) summit with a call for collaboration to eradicate poverty.
Speaking at the ongoing United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, Dr Chakwera said Cyclone Freddy and other disasters are increasingly hindering efforts to achieve the goals, but said the government is working hard to alleviate people’s suffering through various interventions including social cash transfer.
Later, the Malawi leader was engaged in talks with Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Director General, Qu Dongyu, at the FAO lobby office in New York.
FAO is interested in strengthening food security in Malawi at a time when the government is boosting the agricultural sector through the mega-farms initiative.
According to Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nancy Tembo, at the pace Dr Chakwera is engaging strategic partners, Malawi stands to benefit from this year’s UNGA. She said several positive strides have been taken by the President on the sidelines of the summit.