African Ministerial Conference on Environment kicks off in Arusha

The 14th Session of the African Ministerial Conference on Environment (AMCEN) kicked off on the 10th of September in Arusha in the presence of Ministers from above 40 African Nations, the Development Partners, Youth Volunteers, I/NGOs, the Private Sector and the Media.  Tanzania now takes over the Presidency of AMCEN for the next two years from Mali under the leadership of Dr. Therezya Huvisa, the Minister of State in the Vice President’s Office (Environment). UNDP and UNEP under the flagship of One UN will continue to play a greater role to support the Government of Tanzania to address the environment related core issues in Tanzania. Speaking at the opening of the Conference, the Vice President of the United Republic of Tanzania, Dr Mohamed Gharib Bilal stated, “One of the key objectives of Rio +20 was to secure renewed political commitment towards sustainable development. The 14th session of AMCEN provides this opportunity to ensure collective agreement...

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Tanzanian Youths celebrate International Youth Day

The Tanzanian youths participated in a number of activities to mark the International Youth Day supported by the Ministry of Information, Youth, Culture and Sports and the UN System Delivering as One in Tanzania with the theme—Building a Better World: Partnering with Youths. Various events were organised in Dar-es-Salaam around the issues of voluntary HIV counseling and testing services; family planning information and services along with educational exhibition for young people, sports and other entertainment programmes. The youths took the initiative to visit media houses prior to the event to bring in greater participation and awareness about the importance of celebrating the day with strong messages, re-emphasizing the role of youth force in the country’s...

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HIV & AIDS in Tanzania’s Congested Prisons is alarming

The HIV epidemic has struck prisons and other places of detention around the world with particular severity. International data shows that HIV prevalence among prisoners is between six to fifty times higher than of that of the general adult population. According to the Legal and Human Rights Centre’s report of 2008, in Tanzania the current number of inmates is over 45,000, while prison facilities have the capacity to accommodate only 22,669. Of these inmates, it is estimated that approximately 9.2 per cent are infected with HIV, including both men and women.     Unfortunately, the increase in inmates in the prisons has not translated into improved prison infrastructures to accommodate the congestion. Rather they remain as they were fifty years ago.  It has...

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"The World is Over Armed and Peace is Under-Funded"

    Last month, competing interests prevented agreement on a much-needed treaty that would have reduced the appalling human cost of the poorly regulated international arms trade.  Meanwhile, nuclear disarmament efforts remain stalled, despite strong and growing global popular sentiment in support of this cause.  The failure of these negotiations and this month’s anniversaries of the atomic bombings at Hiroshima and Nagasaki provide a good opportunity to explore what has gone wrong, why disarmament and arms control have proven so difficult to achieve, and how the world community can get back on track towards these vitally important goals. Many defence establishments now recognize that security means far more than protecting borders.  Grave security...

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Tanzania 2012 Census Information

  WHAT IS A POPULATION CENSUS? The United Nations defines a POPULATION CENSUS as the total process of collecting, compiling, evaluating, analyzing and publishing or otherwise disseminating demographic, economic, and social data pertaining, at a specified time, to all persons in a country or in a well delimited part of a country. Modern censuses have incorporated the housing component to collect information on housing conditions and household amenities and assets.  In a nutshell a Population Census is the complete count of persons in a country or any defined part of it with reference to a specific pint in time. It provides the following key information necessary for decision making at all levels: How many are we? What/who are we? Where/how do we live? What are...

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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...

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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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