As part of its 75th anniversary, the United Nations (UN) has engaged students from various universities nationwide to shape the country’s future.
Speaking during the UN75 dialogue in Lilongwe on Tuesday, UN resident coordinator Maria Jose Torres said the meeting was important as it would enable young people to engage in important conversation despite their not being a part of political processes.
She said: “As university students, they belong to a community of unique people ready to tackle today’s biggest challenges. They have innovations and ideas that challenge current thinking and research that aims at changing the world.”
On his part, Minister of Information Gospel Kazako said the UN75 dialogue has come at the right time when the country has renewed optimism and zeal to change people’s mindset and reform structurally towards the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals.
Said the minister: “This engagement is important because it involves the youth. You must know that the future is about young people, so such conversations at UN level are very important and we hope that the conversation will give the youth motivation.”
Speaking on behalf of students, Malawi University of Science and Technology representative Ephraim Ziwoya said the gathering provided them a platform to make their voices known on the future they want and identify solutions to some of the country’s challenges.