June 21st, 2018: The United Nations in Malawi on 20th June 2018 discussed with the Speaker of the House and the Members of Parliament who are chairpersons of committees of Malawi Parliament in Lilongwe on the 2030 Agenda and what is required to leave no one behind in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
At the meeting, the UN Country Team also presented its new 2019-2023 UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) for Malawi, a joint partnership agreement between the UN system and the Government of Malawi, highlighting development areas where the UN will be supporting interventions in country for the next five years.
UN Resident Coordinator, Ms. Maria Jose Torres, said Members of Parliament play a key role in driving and sustaining national action towards development, including the promotion and protection of human rights, gender equality and the rule of law.
“Parliaments that truly represent the full diversity of their societies, adopt effective legislation and hold their governments to account, can powerfully shape a positive and inclusive future for their countries,” said Torres. “Hence, Parliament is a critical player in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, which aims to bring about transformation and change in people’s lives.”
She said the principle of “leaving no one behind” is at the heart of the 2030 Agenda so that all people benefit from sustainable development and the full realisation of human rights, without discrimination.
“Members of Parliament are uniquely positioned to act as an interface between the people and State institutions, amplifying the voice of the people of Malawi to promote and adopt people-centred policies and legislation, and therefore ensure that no one is left behind,” said Torres.
Speaker of Parliament Richard Msowoya said the meeting open venues for greater understanding of the SDGs and to explore a more sustained cooperation between the UN and the Parliament in Malawi to support the implementation of the SDGs while fulfilling the legislative mandate.
“Most of the times, Members of Parliament think that implementing development interventions is just the job of the Executive but the Executive needs someone who can show them where that money should go. They need someone who can tell them what impact the money approved by Parliament has had in the society,” said Msowoya.
Among others, the MPs asked for support to develop relevant legislations that would support implementation of the 2030 Agenda.
The UNDAF contributes to Malawi Government’s national development priorities and incorporates the SDGs. It further guides UN Agencies’ programmes to ensure UN-wide coherence and represents a collaborative link with the Government of Malawi’s development aims expressed in the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (MGDS) III, a national development strategy for Malawi.