Malawi president, Dr. Lazarus Chakwera says the 5th United Nations Summit on the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) he has gone to attend in Doha, Qatar from 5th -9th March, 2023 is important to the poorest countries including Malawi.
Writing on his Facebook page Thursday, 2nd March,2023 when he was departing the country through Kamuzu International Airport (KIA), Chakwera said the conference being held under the theme “From Potential to Prosperity,” is significant to Malawi and the LDC bloc in a number of ways as guided by the strategic urge to achieve United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) .
The Sustainable Development Goals also known as the Global Goals, were adopted by the United Nations in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that by 2030 all people enjoy peace and prosperity.
The 17 SDGs are integrated—they recognize that action in one area will affect outcomes in others, and that development must balance social, economic and environmental sustainability.
Chakwera also said that at the summit, Malawi will hand over chairship of the LDC upon completion of her tenure.
“Firstly, it is at this conference that I-being your representative- will hand over Malawi’s chairship of the LDC upon completion of our tenure,”
‘Secondly, Malawi is going there to consolidate efforts with the other forty-five LDC members in our mission to fully implement the Doha Programme of Action,” he says.
According to Chakwera, the Doha programme seeks to galvanise bold investments in education, health, agriculture, social protection programs, governance and climate change management.
Least Developed Countries are low-income countries confronting severe structural impediments to sustainable development. They are highly vulnerable to economic and environmental shocks and have low levels of human assets. Most least developed countries are found in Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.