After intense flooding, Malawi desperately needs scale-up in international aid – UN experts
30 January 2015 – The international community must rapidly respond to the devastating flooding affecting Malawi with critical humanitarian aid and appropriate funding, a group of United Nations human rights experts affirmed today, warning that the African country was facing “its worst flooding in living memory.”
In a press release, the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons, Chaloka Beyani, the Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Hilal Elver, and the Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation, Léo Heller, encouraged the international community to do “everything possible to meet the current serious shortfall in funds and provision of essential aid,” especially as only a quarter of the urgently required $81 million of a Preliminary Response Plan had been received to date.( More)
Help to flood-hit Malawi falls far short of needs - UN - TRFN
By Frank Phiri
BLANTYRE, Malawi, Jan 30 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The United Nations said on Friday humanitarian assistance to Malawi had fallen dramatically short of what was needed to help hundreds of thousands of survivors of catastrophic flooding. Severe floods across southern Malawi have killed 79 people and left 153 missing, according to the Department of Disaster Management Affairs. Read more
Malawi Floods: Urgent assiatnce needed to confront massive and complex chalenges, say UN experts
GENEVA (30 January 2015) –A group of United Nations human rights experts today urged the international community to rapidly provide all necessary funding and assistance to the Government of Malawi and humanitarian actors in response to some of the worst flooding in the country in living memory. Flooding has also affected Madagascar and Mozambique where international assistance is crucial to scale up responses. Read more
NORTH AMERICA MALAWI FLOOD RELIEF
Since December 2014, Malawi has been receiving torrential rainfall. During the past few weeks, this has caused devastating floods across the nation, especially in the southern Districts. As a result, at least 176 people have been killed and over 200,000 people have been displaced. The floods have also heavily impacted the ability for communities to sustain themselves. It has damaged crops, livestock, and infrastructure. This has put a strain on the public health system and accessibility to potable water. Weather induced blackouts are now more frequent causing larger effects on the country’s economy due to people being unable to conduct business. Banks and shops have closed placing a strain on the recovery efforts and the private sector’s ability to assist. To make matters worse, the country is expecting to continue to receive normal to above normal rainfall during its rainy season. More
MALAWI'S PRESIDENT ADDRESSES THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
SEPTEMBER 25, 2014: NEW YORK
Malawi's President, Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika today addresed the General Debate of the United Nations General Assembly for the first time since he was elected as Malawi's leader earlier this year.
In his statement President Mutharika said that in May, the country had held its first ever tripartite elections, which had enabled Malawians to choose their political leadership through a democratic and peaceful process. Despite a few challenges, the elections had been free, fair, transparent and credible. In July, Malawi had commemorated the fiftieth anniversary of its independence. Although it had made some strides in the diverse sectors of national development, more must be done to improve the living standards of many Malawians, who remained below the poverty line.
President Mutharika said his country had always rendered political support for the disarmament of all weapons of mass destruction. He was disheartened by the continuing violence and loss of life and property in the Middle East, owing to the conflict between Israel and Palestine, and believed that the two-State solution was the only viable path to lasting peace in the region. He encouraged both sides to denounce violence, exercise utmost restraint, and employ dialogue to reach a political settlement.
Turning to the post-2015 development agenda, the Malawi leader was pleased that Malawi had been among those selected for national consultations. His country was on track to achieving just four of the eight Millennium Development Goals and thus would proceed to the post-2015 era with unfinished business. Inadequate resources were among the reasons for its failure to have achieved all the Goals. Development partners’ commitments had been unpredictable and at times unfulfilled. He added that the post-2015 development agenda should allow for some flexibility in implementation and should focus on the plight of disadvantaged groups, such as women, girls and persons with disabilities.
Regarding Security Council reform, he expressed his concern about its limited representation and said that only by expanding the number of its permanent and non-permanent members and including developing countries in both categories would its “legitimacy deficits” be solved.