Malawian President Peter Mutharika on Sunday left the country for New York to take part in session of UN General Assembly where he will address the General Assembly.
It will a debut address to the UN general assembly for Mutharika as a Head of State but as Foreign Minister he addressed the general assembly 2011 on behalf of his brother, late president Bingu wa Mutharika when he was grooming him for succession.
Apart from addressing the world via the UN lectern, Mutharika would also hold talks with bi-lateral and multi-lateral donors.
Malawi is this year running a zero-aid budget after donors cut their budgetary support due to ‘cashgate’ corruption scandal dating back from 2005.
Speaking on departure at Lilongwe’s Kamuzu International Airport (KIA). Mutharika said UN Post-2015 Development Agenda is among the huge plans for the General Assembly.
“We will discuss issues surrounding the post 2015 agenda under which one aspect is to do away with HIV and AIDS by 2030,” said Mutharika who further added that there will also be talks surrounding programmes on how women welfare can be enhanced.
The Post-2015 Development Agenda is UN initiative which gears towards acceleration of progress on the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) in the after-2015 era.
The President also said though much could be boasted about as regards success in some MDGs, there is still work to be done as regards the remaining goals of which he said Malawi is capable as long as enough resources are made available.
The President will return on September 30, 2014.