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 favourably in 2011, signalling major challenges ahead. Moreover, if another global downturn dampens growth prospects for the developing economies, LDCs, as major commodity exporters, will be hard...

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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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UN in Tanzania marks 67th UN Anniversary

The United Nations in Tanzania marked the UN Week from 17-24 October, jointly with the government, civil society, academia, rural communities, Youths of United Nations Association, school students and the media on the theme of Changing Peoples’ Lives: Greening the Environment for Sustainable Livelihoods. The focus of the celebration was on environment as majority of the population of Tanzania is highly dependent on environment and natural resources for livelihoods and quality of life.  Various activities including a public debate, an exhibition, community and educational outreach programmes and sports activities were organized in the Mainland and Zanzibar related to the theme. During the Flag Raising Ceremony at the Karimjee grounds, Honourable Minister for East Africa...

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The Secetary-General's Message on United Nations Day, 24 October 2012

We are living through a period of profound turmoil, transition and transformation.  Insecurity, inequality and intolerance are spreading.  Global and national institutions are being put to the test.  With so much at stake, the United Nations must keep pace across the spectrum of its activities – peace, development, human rights, the rule of law, the empowerment of the world’s women and youth.   There has been important progress on many fronts.  Extreme poverty has been cut in half since the year 2000.  Democratic transitions are under way in many countries. There are encouraging signs of economic growth across the developing world. Now is the time to raise our collective ambitions.  With the 2015 deadline for the Millennium...

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Tanzania Environment web portal open to the public

Coinciding with the 14th session of the African Ministerial Conference on Environment (AMCEN), the Minister of State in the Vice President’s Office (Environment) — Dr. Therezya Huvisa launched the first ever web portal on environment aimed towards educating the youths and the general public.   Launching the web portal and urging the different sectors to contribute to the existing information, Minister Huvisa stated, “Environment, as we all know is a cross cutting issue that involves almost all the sectors of the economy and therefore environmental management is everybody’s responsibility and it cannot be addressed by a single institution.” Speaking at the launch of the web portal, Alberic Kacou, the UN Resident Coordinator in Tanzania stated...

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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...

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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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