Malawi to get public views on post 2015 development agenda

Ministry of Economic Planning and Development in collaboration with the United Nations in Malawi are getting views from the general public to define the next development agenda that will support and renew global commitments on development.

Presenting the statement on Friday in Lilongwe, National Champion for post 2015 development agenda, Dr. Justin Malewezi said that country consultations have started and are taking place in parallel to consultations in other countries.

“The  objective of country consultations is to stimulate an inclusive debate on a post 2015 development agenda by providing an analytical base, inputs and ideas that build a shared global vision for the future,” said Malewezi.

He added that the Post-2015 Development agenda debate seeks to build on the lessons and experience of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGS) in defining the future global development agenda,” said Malewezi.

Dr. Justin Malewezi – National Champion for the Post-2015 Millennium Development Agenda addresses journalists in Lilongwe .-Photo credit . by Mirriam Kaliza

Malewezi also said the simultaneously consultations meetings are being done in nine districts two from each region with Lilongwe representing the urban context so that the process is widely consultative and it is able to get views from different people with different needs and priorities.

The nine districts are, Mulanje, Chikhwawa, Machinga, Mwanza, Ntcheu, Dowa, Lilongwe, Karonga and Mzimba, consultations will start from 11th January and wind up on 15thFebruary 2013.

According to the statement these consultations will be followed by regional validation workshops and thereafter production of a report.

“Those that will not be reached through these scheduled consultations are requested to send their contributions to either Ministry of Economic Planning and Development and United Nations in Malawi through e-mails and postal addresses provided,” reads the statement.

The statement is also asking the public to choose their priorities for a better world and the priorities range from Education, Health, Climate Change, Gender Equality, Access to Clean Water to Good Governance just to mention a few.

“Through these views, we will help in defining the next set of goals, including the change that we would like to see in Malawi as well as in the whole world,” reads the statement.

The statement is also asking the general public to contribute by answering these three questions: What do you want to see change or improve? What is the most important thing for Malawi? And what is one thing you will do to improve things in the next 10 years?

Malawi has been selected as one of the 50 countries to contribute to the debate and inform the post-2015 discussions.

Development Consultants have also been engaged to facilitate consultations with different stakeholders, focus groups, informants and individuals.

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