UNFPA mourns passing of Executive Director

With profound sadness, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, announces that its Executive Director, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, passed away suddenly at his home last night.  He was 68 years old.“This is a devastating loss for UNFPA and for the people, especially women, girls and youth, he dedicated his life to serving, starting from when he became a doctor in Nigeria. UNFPA expresses its deep sympathy to his family and prays that they have the fortitude to bear this great loss,” said UNFPA management.  “Dr. Osotimehin was bold and never afraid of a challenge and his strong leadership helped keep the health and rights of the world’s women and girls high on the global agenda. He understood that the world’s 1.8 billion young people are truly its greatest hope for the future.”UNFPA is dedicated to continuing Dr. Osotimehin’s grand vision for women and young people and will continue to stand up for the human rights and dignity of everyone, particularly the most...

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UN Statement on US Decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the US decision to withdraw from the Paris AgreementThe decision by the United States to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change is a major disappointment for global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote global security.The Paris Agreement was adopted by all the world’s nations in 2015 because they recognize the immense harm that climate change is already causing and the enormous opportunity that climate action presents.  It offers a meaningful yet flexible framework for action by all countries.The transformation envisaged in the Paris Agreement is already underway.  The Secretary-General remains confident that cities, states and businesses within the United States -- along...

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Appreciating UN Peacekeepers

UN Peacekeepers from the United Republic of Tanzania. (Photo | Sebomi Jang)International UN Peacekeepers Day is marked on May 29th every year and this year the United Nations in collaboration with the government of the United Republic of Tanzania and the international community commemorated the day at Mnazi Mmoja Grounds in Dar es Salaam. This year's theme was “Investing in Peace around the World”.Mr. Michael Dunford, UN Resident Coordinator a.i. and WFP Representative lays a wreath to honour UN Peacekeepers who have fallen in the line of duty. (Photo | Sebomi Jang)Mr. Michael Dunford, UN Resident Coordinator a.i. and World Food Programme (WFP) Representative layed a wreath at the commemorations to honour the over 3,500 peacekeepers that have fallen in the line of duty since...

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1.5 Million Tanzanians Set for Social Protection

 The Tanzania Social Action Fund (TASAF) Productive Social Safety Net (PSSN) programme enables households to graduate out of both food and basic-needs poverty.The program provides cash transfers to poor and vulnerable households with the condition that the transfers are used on health and education services along with opportunities to earn additional income through public works and livelihoods.PSSN aims at enabling the 1.1million poor households living under the poverty line in 161 Project Area Authorities to increase incomes and opportunities while improving consumption.Recently, a joint field visit to PSSN projects in Simiyu was conducted by, TASAF, the International Development Acssociation (IDA), the European Union, the Swedish International Development Cooperation...

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Global Goals Champions Outreach to over 20,000 Recognized at Launch of TIMUN 2017

GLOBAL GOALS YOUTH CHAMPIONS REACH OVER 20,000 UN Resident Coordinator Mr. Alvaro Rodriguez (centre) and First Secretary and UNDP Desk Officer, Department of Multilateral Cooperation, MoFAEAC, Ms. Nguse Nyerere (centre right) along with YUNA Chairperson Ms. Jacqueline Mutwara  (centre left) and TIMUN 2017 Coordinator Tajiel Urioh (far left) listening to Ms. Neema Mhando, Nelson Mandela University Comminucations Officer welcome the UN to Nelson Mandela University furing the opening ceremony of TIMUN 2017. UN Youth Initiative impacts 20,000 Tanzanians in less than one year Arusha – Global Goal Youth Champions, young people trained by the United Nations in Tanzania, have directly reached over 20,000 people through their awareness-raising campaign on the...

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May Day 2017

International Workers’ Day 2017The President of the United Republic of Tanzania, Dr. John Pombe Magufuli addresses workers at the May Day celebrations in Moshi, Tanzania on 01 May 2017.  The President of the United Republic of Tanzania graced the May Day celebrations in Moshi, Tanzania on 01 May 2017. In his speech Dr. John Pombe Magufuli revealed that the government envisages merging several pension schemes into two financially robust schemes to trim down operational costs.The President reiterated to the workers the government’s intention to continue improving workers welfare and settling all of their outstanding arrears. He also revealed that the Government will soon resume new recruitments and promotions and effect annual salary increments.“… the county’s...

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WFP CASH ASSISTANCE HAS BIG POTENTIAL FOR BOOSTING LOCAL ECONOMY

 By: Michael Dunford, WFP Representative in TanzaniaMillions of hungry people in the world require food assistance each year. Crises such as war, conflict and natural disasters can uproot families and destroy livelihoods, often disproportionately affecting the world’s most vulnerable.At the forefront in many of these disasters is the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), the leading humanitarian organization providing food assistance and promoting food security.Typically, WFP food assistance is provided in the form of a food basket containing locally consumed foods that meet minimum daily calorie requirements. For example, in Tanzania, WFP provides 300,000 refugees in Kasulu and Kibondo Districts with monthly supplies of maize meal, pulses, vegetable oil, salt and...

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