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 growing world population — so that all may enjoy the fruits of prosperity and robust economic growth — with the necessity of conserving our planet’s most precious resources: land, air...

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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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Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Joint Special Envoy for Syria Kofi Annan

The Syrian government has written to the Joint Special Envoy Kofi Annan accepting his six point plan, endorsed by the United Nations Security Council. Mr Annan has written to President Assad urging the Syrian government to put its commitments into immediate effect.  Mr Annan views this as an important initial step that could bring an end to the violence and the bloodshed, provide aid to the suffering, and create an environment conducive to a political dialogue that would fulfil the legitimate aspirations of the Syrian people.     The Syrian government has written to the Joint Special Envoy Kofi Annan accepting his six point plan, endorsed by the United Nations Security Council. Mr Annan has written to President Assad urging the Syrian government to put its...

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Celebrating World AIDS Day 2011 and TACAIDS 10th year anniversary

2 December 2011 - World AIDS Day 2011 was commemorated nationally in Shinyanga with the theme "Getting to zero: Zero new infections, Zero discrimination and Zero AIDS related deaths.” Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda, who was the guest of honor, insisted that AIDS was still a threat in the country and directed all regions in the country to come up with innovative and sustainable HIV/AIDS intervention programmes that could curb stigma, new infections and deaths. The event gathered approximately 50 government officials including UN representatives and other stakeholders. World AIDS Day 2011 was commemorated nationally in Shinyanga with the theme "Getting to zero: Zero new infections, Zero discrimination and Zero AIDS related deaths.” Prime...

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