Swedish Embassy contributes USD 36 million to UN
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Swedish Embassy contributes USD 36 million to UN
Focus areas: Women, children and youth among key beneficiaries
Embargoed until 30 October – Noon
30 October 2017, Dar es Salaam – The Swedish Embassy in Tanzania, has signed an agreement with the United Nations in Tanzania whereby Sweden donates USD 36 million (approximately Sh80.4 billion) for development activities over the next four years. The agreement was officially signed today by the Ambassador for Sweden to Tanzania, H.E. Katarina Rangnitt and the UN Resident Coordinator, Mr. Alvaro Rodriguez, at the Swedish Embassy offices in Dar es Salaam. Sweden’s contribution will support the UN’s efforts to promote inclusive economic growth and employment and strengthen democratic governance, human rights and gender equality. The contribution will also support increasing women’s political participation and combating violence against women and children.
Highlighting Sweden’s commitment to Tanzania’s social and economic development, Ambassador Rangnitt stated that Sweden has chosen to support UN activities that reflect the country’s development objectives in the areas of women’s rights, democratic governance and economic growth that benefits everyone as Tanzania aspires to become a middle-income economy. “By channeling some of our support to Tanzania through the One UN Fund, we join forces to support Tanzania´s development goals. We also strongly recognize and value UN’s normative role for sustainable development. With this support, we enable actions in line with the Swedish feminist foreign policy as well as efforts for, among other things, decent employment and child rights, This demonstrates a continuation of Sweden’s close relations with both United Nations and the government of Tanzania for a more equal and inclusive development.” she said.
Reiterating their continued support to Tanzania and the UN, the Ambassador also took the opportunity to reaffirm Sweden’s commitment to the One UN reform and the recognition of coherent approaches and the added value that different UN agencies can bring to the table in collaboration with the Tanzanian government, social partners, and civil society.
Speaking after signing the agreement, the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Representative, Mr. Rodriguez thanked both the government and the people of the Sweden for their sustained support noting that Sweden has been a steadfast development partner for One UN activities as well as for Tanzania. “Sweden has been a strong partner of Tanzania and the United Nations for many decades. Focusing on the needs of the most vulnerable, these resources will make an important contribution to address the needs of those ‘furthest behind’ as called for in the Global Goals,” he said.“This contribution will help the UN be able to work across a broad range of issues such as promoting decent employment opportunities for poor Tanzanians, advancing good governance principles and women’s leadership in politics as well as preventing violence against women and children,” he added.
Note to Editors:
Sweden’s contribution will be channeled through the Tanzania One Fund, which is a fund established for UN agencies in the country to help implement the United Nations Development Assistance Plan 2016-21 (UNDAP II). Since the One Fund became operational in 2007, Sweden has contributed USD 29.2 million.
In the area of inclusive economic growth, which will receive around USD 15 million, Sweden’s contribution will enable UN agencies to support functioning local businesses with viable and inclusive value chains that have the potential to generate employment, especially for women and young people, and ensure their active and meaningful participation in the economy.
Democratic Governance and Human Rights and will receive USD 10 million. This will support the UN’s efforts to ensure more effective, transparent, accountable and inclusive governance. Additionally, it will help provide improved quality of the parliamentary work, access to and better services by the justice system to citizens and will assist government and human rights bodies to better fulfil its mandates. This will also involve activities that address safety and protection for journalists and strengthening the role of local radios to increase communities’ access to quality information.
USD 12 million of the contribution will be used in programmes that focus on women and children through activities that promote women’s political participation and prevention of violence against women and children (VAWC). Among other activities, work in this area aims to increase in the number of women standing for elections. Prevention of VAWC will be strengthened through the UN’s support to the five-year National Plan of Action to End Violence Against Women and Children (NPA).
For more information, please contact:
Ms. Charlotte Compton
Communication and administrative assistant
Embassy of Sweden in Dar es Salaam
Mobile: +255 684 503 922
Office: +255 22 219 6533
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Ms. Hoyce Temu
United Nations Resident Coordinator’s Office in Tanzania
Mobile: +255 682 262 627
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Twitter: @UnitedNationsTZ, @Alvaro_UNTZ