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Speaker of the National Assembly Right Honourable Henry Chimunthu Banda has disclosed that Malawi is expected to host Commonwealth Youth Parliament in 2013. He said this during the launch of Youth Parliament in in the capital Lilongwe.

Youth Parliamentatians pose for a group photo

According to the Speaker, the hosting of the youth parliament was announced at the 43rd conference of Commonwealth Africa region that took place in South Africa. The conference will draw youth delegates from each of Commonwealth parliaments on the African continent. Chimunthu Banda said the purpose of Commonwealth Youth Parliament is to provide a platform to the young people to be heard on issues affecting their lives.

Speaking at the function Elijah Ouopa, Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Africa regional representative said the launch of youth parliament in Malawi is a positive move and has demonstrated that the nation is doing everything possible in the enhancement of the democracy. He said giving the youth such a platform will help the youth not only to be heard but to be taken seriously by all stakeholders.

Speaker of the Youth Parliament Dyson Maliro, who is also Member for Blantyre Bangwe constituency, said the launch of youth parliament should be viewed as a testimony of the success for young people’s long-standing quest to participate in decision making process in a democracy.

The introduction of youth parliament in Malawi has underscored the international recognition on promoting child rights through article 12 of the United Nations (UN) Convection on the Rights of the Child and Article 11 of the Youth Charter of the African UNION (AU).

It is the initiative of Malawi National Assembly with support from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Save the Children, Plan International and Timveni Child and Youth Organization


Comments on: "Malawi to host Commowealth Youth Parliament" (2)

  1. Reblogged this on mbaks.

  2. Acheampong Annor Ernest said:

    I think it is time we Aficans stand up for a reason to live. The formation of the African youth parliament is our first step of integrating the African unity. And i believed strongly that we will make headways. As a Speaker of the Accra Polytechnic Students Parliament and the first Dept. Speaker of the Ghana National Students Parliament and a students activist promise to add my quota to the establisment and the sustainability of the youth Parliamentand and thesustainability

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