World Investment Report launched

Tanzania attracts over $1.1bn FDI  Tanzania took the lead in attracting Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the East African region during the past 12 months, attracting the record of $1.1 billion (Sh1.76 trillion), the 2012 World Investment Report shows. According to the report between June 2011 and June 2012, Tanzania overtook Kenya- the region’s biggest economy, indicating the high confidence among foreign investors in Tanzania. The latest World Investment Report (WIR) by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) focusing on the past twelve months ending in June 2012, shows that for the past three years, Tanzania has attracted about 47 percent of all FDI flows in the five East African countries. Speaking during the event, the UN Resident Coordinator Alberic Kacou said it’s important to connect the investment policy framework to the overall development strategy, for example MKUKUTA. “It’s important to...

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Turning the tide together on HIV – a human rights imperative

  Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on the International AIDS Conference 2012 The world’s collective response to HIV three decades ago can be summed up in one word: shameful. At worst, people living with HIV were, inexplicably, chained to their beds, detained, turned away from medical facilities, criminalised and deported. At best, they lost their jobs, were kicked out of schools and denied access to basic services. We responded to a virus by humiliating, stigmatising and punishing those infected. Our response to the virus was as painful, and sometimes as deadly as the virus itself. Fortunately, impressive strides have since been made in the fight against HIV. In the last few years, major scientific advances have occurred and the number of new...

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Movement For Change - Rio+20 op-ed by Ban Ki Moon

This week, world leaders gather for a momentous occasion — the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro. Will it be a success? In my opinion, yes. To be sure, the negotiations have been lengthy. Even now there is more disagreement than agreement on the details of the so-called “outcome document” that will emerge. Yet that will not be the defining measure. Far more important is what the Rio conference has already accomplished. And that is to build a global movement for change. Rio+20 is a milestone on a long road. The famous 1992 Earth Summit put sustainable development on the global agenda. Today, we have come to a broader and more nuanced understanding of this age-old imperative: how to better balance the development needs of a...

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2012 Africa Human Development Report finds over 200 million Africans are malnourished

According to the 2012 Africa Human Development Report (HDR), one in four Africans— around 218 million people — are undernourished and Tanzania is among the worst performing countries. Tanzanian children under18 represent an alarming 42 per cent of the malnourished. These and other data were revealed at the 2012 HDR report launch by the United Nations through its agency UNDP on 25 May in Dar es Salaam. Launching the report, the Deputy Minister of Finance Janet Mbene, who was the guest of honor said that despite the fact that some of the world’s fastest growing economies over the last decade are in Africa, the majority of African people remain poor. As for Tanzania, she said, agriculture has the potential to advance the country’s objectives of food security...

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Join the Rio+20 Sustainable Development Dialogues

The Government of Brazil and UNDP invite you to join the Sustainable Development Dialogues. We have launched this online platform to give everyone an opportunity to add their voice to the Rio+20 Conference. Facilitators from international academic and research institutions are leading online discussions on 10 themes at the heart of sustainable development. The top recommendations will be presented at the Sustainable Development Dialogues event and to the Heads of State and Government at Rio+20.   This is a unique opportunity for civil society, youth, academia, local governments, and the private sector to engage in the Rio+20 Conference. Help make these dialogues a success. Add your ideas and spread the word by forwarding this message. Join the Dialogues: Add your Voice to...

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Tanzania says no to violence against women and girls

8 March 2012 – International Women’s day was celebrated worldwide including in Tanzania where President Jakaya Kikwete and activists sent a strong message condemning violence against women and girls. The President issued his statement at the send off of 90 men and women up Mount Kilimanjaro to raise awareness about violence against women and girls. The climb represents Africa’s commitment to ending violence against women and girls on the continent as well as the UN’s commitment through its agency UN Women. Tanzania had the great honor of hosting “The Africa UNITE Climb to end Violence against Women and girls,” which attracted climbers from 36 African countries. 8 March 2012 – International Women’s day was celebrated worldwide...

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Security Council Latest Resolution on Syria

The Security Council, Recalling its Presidential Statements of 3 August 2011, 21 March 2012 and 5 April 2012, and also recalling all relevant resolutions of the General Assembly, Reaffirming its support to the Joint Special Envoy for the United Nations and the League of Arab States, Kofi Annan, and his work, following General Assembly resolution A/RES/66/253 of 16 February 2012 and relevant resolutions of the League of Arab States, Reaffirming its strong commitment to the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of Syria, and to the purposes and principles of the Charter... Resolution 2042 (2012) Adopted by the Security Council at its 6751st meeting, on 14 April 2012         The Security...

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