More support drummed up for Malawi’s Phekani for UN-Habitat Youth Advisory Board : Voting closes Aug 31

Voting for the 2015-2017 UN-Habitat Youth Advisory Board closes on Monday, August 31 and Malawi’s nominee Vanessa Phekani has called on youth world over to support her bid.

Vanessa Phekani

Vanessa Phekani

Voting can be done via the link

Phekani, who holds a BA (Public Administration) and volunteers for Dedza East Trust as Youth Development Coordinator, is a nominee alongside 59 others nominated from a pool of 600 across the world.

Phekani said her being on the board would of “significant” importance to Malawi.

She said “Malawi needed a voice on the board.”

According to her, she “believes that serving on the board will allow me and many other youths of Africa to take on a responsibility that will not only positively impact our generation but many generations of young people to come.”

The Youth Advisory board advises UN-Habitat on strategies to engage young people in sustainable urbanization and urban development, and seeks to strengthen youth participation and advocacy in youth-led initiatives.

The Board comprises 12 advisers (one male and one female youth) from Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean, North America and West Asia.

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Troy Degrasse

This is the fifth election since the country returned to plural politics in 1994. One would wonder why it is important for the Open Society Foundations to be concerned about the integrity of elections in Malawi given its minimal geo-political significance compared to countries such as Nigeria, DRC, South Africa, Egypt, etc.

Peter Mathanyula Wakuba

Tinakuvotera kale ife. Bola osazatimana zonona zili pakati pa miyendo yakozo. Mzaku akakuti konzu nawenso umuti konzu.


Malawians have no problems to slap you with votes you need. But you previous statement did not come right with me where you said and I quote sometimes people Just fall for you because you are coming from a well off family. and you picked chitawira as an instance of big businesses your father owns. I personally voted for marely because you arr a Malawian youth and NOT because you are from rich family. Until you told us through nyasatimes I never knew who owns chitawira shop. so voting for you s for has nothing to do with the affluence… Read more »

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