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Abida Mia from United Nations rostrum lobbying support for Cyclone Freddy Victims

Abida Mia: Minister of Water and Sanitation

Minister of Water and Sanitation Abida Sidik Mia is in New York, the headquarters of the United Nations to lobby international support to assist in the reconstruction of water and sanitation infrastructure damaged by the ravaging Cyclone Freddy.

Writing on her official Facebook page, Mia said had the privilege and great honour this week of leading the Malawian delegation to the United Nations 2023 Water Conference in New York, USA.

“I would like to register my sincere gratitude to the President, H.E Dr. Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera for entrusting me with this huge, but noble responsibility. Among several engagements, I delivered a statement at the UN General Assembly, and in my address, I appealed for support from the international community to assist in the reconstruction of water and sanitation infrastructure damaged by the ravaging Cyclone Freddy,” wrote Mia.

She added:

“Also, we had an opportunity of holding a bilateral discussion with the British Government, led by the UK Minister responsible for Natural Resources, Environment, Climate Change, Overseas Territories and Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office, Lord Zac Goldsmith, who assured me that the UK Government would lend its unflinching support in the management of water and improving access to clean water and sanitation in Malawi.

“During the conference, we met the World Bank and The Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) leadership who all commended Malawi’s efforts to increase access to clean water and sanitation and I am pleased that this coincided with the World Bank’s approval of the US$ 145 million grant towards the Malawi Water and Sanitation Project. This summit accorded us an opportunity of interacting and networking with Heads of States, Ministers, Ambassadors and Heads of UN agencies from across the globe,” concluded Mia.

Watch the address from the link below:

https://media.un.org/en/asset/k1u/k1umh76ob6?kalturaStartTime=15548&fbclid=IwAR0tkSf-uRnDrloE855EfGr3TkMynB4lOzaOb-n31aUKd1ZzXujhLOlPWlU&kalturaStartTime=15650

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