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UN Initiative to Reach over 400 Youth in the Region

Simiyu - 13 October 2016: The United Nations in Tanzania continues to raise awareness on the one-year-old Global Goals. During National Youth Week in Simiyu, the United Nations in Tanzania partnered with the government of the United Republic of Tanzania to train over 400 students from the region enabling them to become advocates of the Global Goals. The latest leg of this awareness-raising campaign on the Global Goal saw the UN empowering youth in Simiyu, enabling them to increase people’s understanding of the Global Goals and their responsibilities in their implementation.

The outreach in Simiyu is a continuation of an initiative which was launched in Arusha in April by the UN Resident Coordinator, Mr. Alvaro Rodriguez, which has so far officially certified 70 Global Goals Youth Champions from across Tanzania in addition to training over 180 Members of Parliament (MPs) and 1000 students and academicians at the University of Dodoma (UDOM) on the Global Goals.

Mr. Mudith Cheyo, Assistant Director in the Ministry of Finance and Planning, Poverty, Policy and Analysis, contributed to the training explaining to youth how the government is approaching the Global Goals. “Successful implementation of the Global Goals at the country level relies on youth as they occupy a large part of the workforce, 34 per cent. As such, the government takes proactive measures in building youth’s capacities for them to benefit from the obtaining opportunities,” he said, ensuring youth that the Global Goals are part of the government’s work.

Speaking at the awareness-raising seminar, Mr. Amon Manyama, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Programme Specialist, who led the seminar, stated that the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda requires the involvement of everyone, especially youth. “It is important to that all of you here ensure that you understand the Global Goals as your generation will be the most crucial in achieving them. Showing such enthusiasm for events like this are vital because if youth are unaware of the Global Goals then it makes it that much more difficult to achieve them by 2030.” he said, commending the over 400 youth who took part in the workshop.

In September 2015, 193 world leaders adopted the 17 Global Goals as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The new universal transformative agenda is to be implemented over the next 14 years and brings together social, economic and environmental sustainable objectives. The UN in Tanzania is supporting the government in the achievement of the Global Goals and the government of the United Republic of Tanzania’s Development Vision 2025 through the United Nations Development Assistance Plan 2016-2021 (UNDAP II) which coincides with National Five Year Development Plan 2016-2021 (FYDP II).


Note to the Editor:

·In the next year, it is expected that over 20,000 youth will be trained with the 70 youth champions themselves having already reached over 6,000 people since April.

·The UN recently held a seminar to over 170 Members of Parliament in Dodoma related to the Global Goals. The UN Resident Coordinator requested the MPs to be the Voices, Ambassadors and Monitors for the Global Goals implementation in their relevant constituencies.



Hoyce Temu                                                                                       

Communications Specialist                                                               

UN Resident Coordinator’s Office


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