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September marks first year anniversary of the Global Goals

                                                          

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September marks first year anniversary of the Global Goals

Tanzania continues to raise awareness through outreach

 

September 20th, 2016 - Today marks the one year anniversary of the 17 Global Goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which was adopted by UN member states in September, 2015. The universally recognized Global Goals are set to frame the developmental efforts of countries all over the world over the next fifteen years to fight poverty, reduce inequalities and address climate change – all while making sure no one is left behind. Across the globe, at least 50 governments – including Tanzania are already actively moving ahead with making the Global Goals a central framework for national planning for development and many cities and local governments are adopting their own plans to achieve the goals.

The United Republic of Tanzania was an active participant during the formulation process of the Global Goals and has already mainstreamed the Global Goals into the recently launched Five Year Development Plan 2016-2021 (FYDP II). The successor to the Mkuza. The UN in Tanzania supplements the government’s FYDP II through the recently launched United Nations Development Assistance Plan 2016-2021 (UNDAP II) of which the Global Goals are a fundamental element. UNDAP II, which was launched in conjunction with the government and development partners, focuses on national development priorities and stresses the contextualization of the Global Goals to meet the needs of Tanzania, paying special attention to the most vulnerable and most marginalized Tanzanians.

The Global Goals belong to everyone: students, the private sector, the media, the general public, etc. Raising awareness about the Global Goals has been a key element of the UN’s strategy in the country which is why the UN is set to train over 100 SDG Youth Champions by the end of the year. SDG Youth Champions are young people who have been formally trained on the Global Goals by the UN in Tanzania and have been empowered to raise awareness on the Global Goals across the country. In just four months, SDG Youth Champions have managed to themselves train over 5,000 people with an estimated total reach over 100,000 people via social media. The UN in Tanzania has also taken the Global Goals to parliament where over 180 Members of Parliament very enthusiastically received training on the Global Goals.

According to UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Mr. Alvaro Rodriguez, “The UN is excited about taking the Global Goals to the Tanzanian people. This is already being done by the Tanzanian government, who we are assisting through UNDAP II, and other stakeholders. Goal 17 highlights the need to establish partnerships for the Global Goals and we are happy to continue to strengthen ties with not just the government, but with development partners as well as the private sector.” Mr. Rodrigues highlighted the UN is set to conduct more outreach activities and create new partnerships for advocating and communicating about the Global Goals.

Regarding the SDG Youth Champions, Mr. Rodriguez, who certified the SDG Youth Champions himself, added that “The champions have done outstanding work so far in their awareness-raising and have brought great enthusiasm in advocating for the Global Goals. A vital part of attaining the Global Goals is making sure that we tell everyone in the country about them and we could not do this without the help of youth.

Note to Editor:

The Global Goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development were adopted on 25 September 2015 by the 193 countries of the UN General Assembly. Between the 17 Global Goals there are 169 targets which address interrelated social, economic and environmental challenges such as ending poverty and hunger, improving health and education, making cities more sustainable, combating climate change, and protecting oceans and forests. The United Nations in Tanzania remains a committed partner in supporting the United Republic of Tanzania in their efforts to achieve the Global Goals.

 

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