Organized by the Office of the High Representative in collaboration with the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Malawi to the United Nations, and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

 

New York, 24 September 2004

Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs for the Republic of Malawi,

our keynote Speaker Dr. George Chaponda,

Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Chikuni,

Permanent Representative of the Republic of Malawi to the United Nations, Ambassador Chimpamba,

On behalf of Mr. Zephirin Diabre, UNDP Associate Administrator, who has an urgent matter and sent his apologies, is Mr. Musinga Bandora from UNDP Africa,

Professor Paul Zeleza,

Distinguished participants,

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to welcome you to this panel presentation of the state of governance in Malawi organized jointly by my office UN-OHRLLS, the Malawi mission to the UN and UNDP. I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere appreciation to Dr Chaponda, the Minister for Foreign Affairs for the Republic of Malawi, for setting aside this time to come and share with us the Malawi experience and emerging challenges that the country is facing in their efforts towards their implementation the of BPOA, the Almaty Programme of Action and the road towards MDGs. I am also thrilled by this opportunity to organise this event which has built extremely important bridges in our partnerships with the Malawi mission to the UN and UNDP towards sharing experiences in meeting the BPOA commitments. We are also working closely with the NEPAD Secretariat in realizing the key policy objectives of the region as they relate to the LDCs goals and programmes.

The Brussels Programme of Action for LDCs calls for an innovative approach to development, and the framework for partnership recognizes the mutual commitments by LDCs and their development partners. The seven commitments that have articulated the actions to be taken in realizing the objectives are-fostering people-centred policy framework, good governance at national and international level, building human and institutional capacities, building productive capacities to make globalization work for LDCs, enhancing the role of trade in development, reducing vulnerability and protecting the environment and mobilizing financial resources. The framework recognizes that the basic tenets of partnerships should include an integrated approach, genuine partnership, country ownership, market consideration and result orientation.

In LDCs where eradication of poverty, improving the quality of life of the people and their right to development, continue to challenge the national and international governance models and approaches in fostering sustainable development. Good governance continues to be the main lever of development as it also embodies all other sectors and activities in our lives. It also embodies all the commitments of the BPOA. It is for this reason that we would like to recognize the efforts taken by Malawi, which is both an LDC and LLDC, in addressing its numerous challenges and in building human and institutional capacity for the establishment of its constitutional bodies and working towards creating an enabling environment for democratic governance. The challenges that the country continues to face in its fight against the HIV/AIDS pandemic and its impact on development, require strong partnerships. The high priority that the country has given towards improving good governance and ushering in political change has also created some confidence in its public sector reforms and the Growth Strategy and the Poverty reduction Strategy provide hope for positive policy reforms that would benefit the poor, civil society and the private sector. It should be noted that Malawi has also recently decided to accede to the Africa Peer Review mechanism and NEPAD. I am sure the Honourable Minister would give us the country’s vision in this new political dispensation after May 2004 elections.

My role today is to Co-Chair this important panel, and we are all looking forward to a very rich exchange of ideas this afternoon.

I am now honoured to invite the Co-Chair HE Mr. Brown Chimphamba, the Permanent Representative for the Republic to the UN, to give his opening remarks and also invite Mr. Chikuni to introduce the Honourable Minister.

of Malawi

Thank you.

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