Tags: UN

Malawi’s grainy digital migration

Digital migration may be about a clearer picture, but Malawi’s strides just got grainy. The country risks facing isolation in digital broadcasting having failed to switch off analogue television transmission by yesterday. In 2006, United Nation (UN) member States agreed to switch over to digital television broadcasting by June 17 2015 for improved pictures and…

UN calls for obstetric fistula elimination

United Nations country representative Mia Seppo has called on stakeholders in the health sector to intensify efforts to end obstetric fistula. She was speaking at Umbwi Secondary School in Dedza, last week during the commemoration of the 2015 International day to end Obstetric Fistula. Said Seppo: “We particularly call on government and stakeholders to double…

Malawi dares UN on rights abuse claims

In what could be described as a bold challenge, Malawi Government has invited the United Nations (UN) special rapporteur on human rights to come and investigate allegations that it is abusing human rights. Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Samuel Tembenu made the statement at a news conference in Lilongwe on Wednesday following reports, initially…

Joyce Banda invited to high-level UN retreat

  Despite dwindling local support and accusations that she plotted to kill Malawi President Peter Mutharika, former president Joyce Banda continues to enjoy international support. The United Nations (UN) secretary general Ban Ki-moon has invited Banda to a high-level retreat scheduled for Thursday and Friday this week in New York, United States of America (USA).…

UN mobilises K4bn for floods response

The United Nations has provided $9.2 million (about K4.2 billion) for food, education and sanitation in Chikwawa, Nsanje and Phalombe which have been hardest hit by the floods that have left thousands of Malawians destitute. The funding will go towards meeting the joint UN and Department of Disaster Management Affairs (Dodma) budget of K38 billion…

EU hints at resuming aid to Malawi

European Union (EU) commissioner for development Adris Piebalgs says the EU is keen to resume its budgetary support to Malawi as quickly as possible if critical issues of concern are resolved. Speaking after meeting President Peter Mutharika in New York on Tuesday on the sidelines of the Climate Summit in the UN General Assembly Hall,…

UN SG challenges Mutharika on Africa investment

The United Nation (UN)’s secretary general, Ban Ki-Moon, has asked President Peter Mutharika to seize the opportunity of addressing over 400 business leaders at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on Monday to drive home the point that Africa needs trade and investment. Ban expressed his encouragement to Mutharika during their first meeting and the first one…

CSOs want child rights reports at AU, UN

Civil society organisations (CSOs) under the Non-Governmental Organisations Coalition on Child Rights (NGO-CCR) have asked authorities to regularly submit child rights reports to the African Union (AU) and the United Nations (UN). The CSOs, which advocate for children’s rights, said they were surprised that Malawi is yet to submit the recent report whose final draft…

Peter to address New York Stock Exchange

President Peter Mutharika will make a presentation at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) —the largest stock exchange in the world—on the trade and investment opportunities that exist in Malawi for international investors. Mutharika’s chief communication strategist, Bright Malopa, told The Nation in New York on Monday that Mutharika will make the presentation on the…

Malawi CSOs raise rights concerns at UN

Malawi Civil society organisations (CSOs) on Monday met the United Nations Human Rights Committee to provide an alternative position on the human rights situation in Malawi, mainly focusing on the discrimination of sexual minorities. During the meeting, Centre for the Development of People (Cedep) executive director Gift Trapence pleaded with the committee to impress on the Malawi Government to…

Malawi media petition Egyptian embassy

Malawian journalists, through the Media Institute of Southern Africa (Misa) on Friday marched to the Egyptian embassy in Lilongwe to present a petition in solidarity with jailed Al Jazeera journalists. “The Media Institute of Southern Africa (Misa) writes to you as a representative of journalists throughout southern Africa to express our disappointment with recent court…

The yellow cake that never cheered Malawi

Announced amid a huge political storm—a post election impasse refusing to abate—news that Australian energy giant, Paladin Energy Limited has halted production at the country’s sole uranium mine at Kayelekera in Karonga has been greeted with nervousness and regret by the country’s economic watchers. The development has, however, received a little lukewarm reaction than it…

UN Chief calls for calm

The United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has urged political parties to advise their supporters to refrain from violence or disruption of the electoral process. In a press statement issued yesterday, Ban says the preliminary findings indicate that the polling process was consistent with regional and international standards. His remarks, however, come following attempts…