UN Tanzania wins a Special Recognition Award – Supporting the Community

  UN Tanzania wins a Special Recognition Award – Supporting the Community Premier Pinda visited the UN Stand – Calls for e-books and e-libraries for Academics 7 July 2013 - Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda, officially closed the 37th Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair (DITF), a 10 days affair, which brought together local and international organizations and companies to showcase their products as well as services. He also awarded various offices, who emerged winners on various categories. UN Tanzania was again awarded a special recognition in reaching and supporting the Tanzania Community. Prior to receiving the special award, Prime Minister visited the UN stand among others, and requested the UN Tanzania to highly consider the e-books system and e-libraries for academia, especially in Primary and Secondary schools.    UN Tanzania was represented by the UN Resident Coordinator, Alberic Kacou  and the UNICEF Representative, Jama Gulaid...

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World Environment Day Campaign for 2013

Greening the Blue has launched it's World Environment Day campaign for 2013. On 5 June, individuals and organizations around the world will be getting involved with activities to promote this year’s theme: food waste. Food waste is an often under-reported problem which has significant financial, social and environmental impacts: It’s estimated that roughly one third of the food produced for human consumption (approximately 1.3 billion tonnes) gets lost or wasted each year.  Every year consumers in rich countries waste almost as much food (222 million tonnes) as the entire net food production of sub-Saharan Africa (230 million tonnes). The amount of food lost or wasted every year is equivalent to more than half of the world's annual cereals crop (2.3...

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Government, Partners sign $22.5m election project

    The United Nations Development Programme, the National Electoral Commission (NEC) and the Zanzibar Electoral Commission (ZEC) have signed a  USD 22.5 million agreement to provide preparatory support to 2015 general elections in Tanzania.   The Democratic Empowerment Project Steering Committee members include the Union and Zanzibar governments, NEC, ZEC, civil societies, UNDP, UN Women, UNESCO, EU, Finland, Switzerland, Canada and Media. Project activities include support to NEC and ZEC, to improve ICT capacities and strategic plans; human rights training for the police; training for women candidates; voter education; use of community radios for voter education; and support community dialogue to improve understanding on rights. “UNDP is honoured...

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UN officials stress importance of technological innovation for African development

14 March 2013 – Technology, science and innovation play a key role in the development of Africa, United Nations officials stressed today, calling on policymakers to redouble their efforts to support this field and form partnerships that harness its power. During a meeting with more than 20 African ministers in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, the Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Francis Gurry, said policymakers had “a unique opportunity to define the key role that science, technology and innovation can play in achieving the development goals of the African continent.” The UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, Wu Hongbo, underlined the link between technology and economic growth, and noted that technological...

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World Aids Messages from UN Management

The Millennium Development Goal for HIV/AIDS is clear: to halt and begin to reverse the epidemic by 2015. Thanks to the determined efforts of governments and civil society, success is in sight. […] I also urge stronger efforts to eliminate the stigma and discrimination that increase risk for vulnerable populations. The Report of the Global Commission on HIV and the Law: “Risks, Rights and Health” emphasizes how outmoded laws, misguided judiciary systems and punitive policing practices – based not on science but on fear and prejudice – fuel the epidemic. We must make information, testing and treatment available to all, so every man, woman and child can enjoy their fundamental right to the medical care and essential services that will end this...

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UNCTAD: The Least Developed Countries Report 2012
 Harnessing Remittance and Diaspora Knowledge to Build Productive Capacities

The Least Developed Countries Report 2012 addresses the issues of remittance flows to LDCs and the potential role of diasporas in LDCs’ development. It argues that with the right policies and international support, LDCs could enhance the benefits from remittances and the knowledge and know-how accumulated in their diasporas. Using evidence and policy lessons from other countries, the report shows how LDCs could better harness remittances and diasporas knowledge to build their productive capacities. Regarding LDCs’ recent economic performance, the Report argues that the uncertain global economic recovery continues to undermine the factors that enabled them to attain higher growth rates between 2002 and 2008. After a slight improvement in 2010, the group performed less...

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Family Planning is a right by choice not by chance says UNFPA report

"It is important for parents to keep their young girls in school and not marry them off at a tender age; Let us make sure our young girls finish their education before we marry them off, let us protect them from teenage pregnancies and early marriage. To husbands, I ask you not to forbid your wives to use contraceptive, support them in this so that you plan your family and this will make your wife to be healthy”— stated Seif Sharif Hamad, the first Vice President of the revolutionary government of Zanzibar during the launch of the UNFPA’s flagship report, State of the World Population Report 2012 entitled – By Choice, Not by Chance: Family Planning, Human Rights and Development. This year’s report explains why family planning is a Right. The report...

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