Statement by Resident Coordinator of the UN System, Mr. Alvaro Rodriguez - 72nd Anniversary of the UN 24 October 2017

·       Her Excellency Samia Suluhu Hassan, Vice President of United Republic of  Tanzania,  

·       H.E. Amb. Dr.  Augustine Mahiga, Minister for Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation,

·       Honourable Ministers, Deputy Ministers and Permanent Secretaries,

·       Hon. Paul Makonda, Dar es Salaam, Regional Commissioner

·       Excellency, Ag. Dean of Diplomatic Corps, Maj General Edzai Chimonyo, High Commissioner of Zimbabwe

·       Excellencies Ambassadors, High Commissioners and Heads of International Organizations,

·       Dr. Brigadier General Dominic Basil Mrope, TPDF,

·       UN Colleagues,

·       Religious Leaders,

·       Civil Society Representatives,

·       Members of the Press ,

·       Students,

·       Chairpersons of the UN Association (UNA) and Youth of the United Nations Association (YUNA),

·       Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

 

Habari za Asubuhi! Asalam Aleikhum and a very good morning!

 

Napenda kuchukua fursa hii kwa niaba ya familia ya Umoja wa Mataifa nchini,

kuwashukuru wote mlioweza kufika hapa leo hii kuadhimisha mizaka sabini na mbili toka kuanzishwa kwa Umoja wa Mataifa. Nichukue fursa hii ya kipekee kabisa kukushukuru sana Makamu wa Rais Mheshimiwa Mama Samia Suluhu Hassan kwa kukubali kuhudhuria katika sherehe hii; pamoja na kuwa na majukumu mengi sana. Sisi wana UN tunasema Asante Sana! Niwashukuru wote mliofanikisha shughuli hii kwa namna moja au nyingine wakiongozwa na Wizara ya Mambo ya Nje na Ushirikiano wa Afrika Mashariki.

 

On behalf of the UN Country Team, I feel honoured and privileged to be addressing this gathering today, on the occasion of the 72nd Anniversary of the United Nations. 72 years ago, a small community of members states coming out of the horrors of war joined together to promote peace and development. Since then, that small community of nations have grown as self-determination led to independence of many countries around the world.   UN Day marks the anniversary of the entry into force of the UN Charter. The 24th of October has been celebrated as the United Nations Day since 1948.

 

Today, as we do every year, we renew the long-standing collaboration between the Government and people of Tanzania, development partners and the United Nations. By marking this day jointly, we are re-enforcing the partnership and strengthening the commitment for successful implementation of the United Nations Development Assistance Plan II, the 5 Year National Development Plan and the new 17 Sustainable Development Goals. We also take this opportunity to thank the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania for continuing to receive and host refugees from neighbouring countries. We understand the challenge this presents to the country and deeply appreciate its commitment to international humanitarian law.

 

Your Excellency,

 

Allow me to extend the greetings from the Secretary General to Tanzania. Morever, allow me to read the Secretary General’s message for the 2017 UN Day. AND I QUOTE:

 

“Our world faces many grave challenges.

Widening conflicts and inequality.

Extreme weather and deadly intolerance.

Security threats – including nuclear weapons.

We have the tools and wealth to overcome these challenges. All we need is the will.

The world’s problems transcend borders.

We have to transcend our differences to transform our future.

When we achieve human rights and human dignity for all people – they will build a peaceful, sustainable and just world.

On United Nations Day, let us, ‘We the Peoples’, make this vision a reality.

 

END OF QUOTE

 

Mheshimiwa Makamu wa Rais,

Leo hii tunaadhimisha siku ya Umoja wa Mataifa duniani; na Tanzania ni moja ya nchi wanachama hai wa Umoja wa Mataifa. Kauli mbiu yetu, imezingatia mpango, na mkakati wa serikali wa kukuza viwanda, na kutumia malighafi zipatikanazo nchini. “Maendeleo ya Viwanda, na Utunzaji wa Mazingira kwa Maendeleo Endelevu,” ndio kauli mbiu ya mwaka huu. Ni kauli mbiu inayotukumbusha kuwa, kutunza mazingira, ni moja ya chachu ya ukuaji viwanda kwa kasi zaidi. Ninaamini wingi huu wa watu wote hapa; umekuja kuungana nasi; lakini kubwa hasa, ni kusikia kutoka kwako! Yangu leo ni machache sana. Na ningependa kuzungumzia mambo makuu manne nayo ni

 

ØUhusiano wetu na wadau mbalimbali

ØMabadiliko ya Umoja wa Mataifa na Serikali ya Tanzania

ØMpango wa Maendeleo wa Umoja wa Mataifa – UNDAP II

ØUshirikiano wetu na Serikali ya Tanzania

 

On our long-term partnerships, the UN continues to be a trusted partner of the United Republic of Tanzania and its people. It has been so for many decades and we know that this partnership will continue in future. Our partnership includes Government, Development Partners, Private Sector, Youth and Local Communities, among others.

 

With Youth, in particular, we have continued to reach out to them and over 1,000 have become champions of the Global Agenda. This year also saw the UN partner with the private sector through Fursa to reach out to youth with different messages from UN Agencies on priority Global Goals in Tanzania. To date over 10 million youth in Tanzania have been reached in 25 regions.

 

And in response to government and community requests and working closely with Development Partners, a 4-year program in Kigoma region with a focus on host communities has recently been launched. The Kigoma Joint Programme, currently supported by Norway, Sweden and KOICA, has been specially formulated to meet the priority development needs for Kigoma Region and specifically the host Tanzanian population in the three districts of Kasulu, Kibondo and Kakonko which currently host over 300,000 refugees. 16 UN agencies are participating.

 

While we continue to implement our activities, we must be aware that we live in times of great change. The relations between us must evolve and adapt, as both Tanzania and the UN are changing. Tanzania is becoming a Middle-Income Country; Tanzania is focusing on Industrialization, and Tanzania is focusing on Human Development as well as reducing inequalities. At the same time, the world is becoming more and more complex, with many issues now having to be addressed internationally and regionally between countries, not just inside the country. This includes issues such as Climate Change, Refugees, Migration, Criminality, Poaching, and Diseases and human rights have become more of priority now than ever before. We also have a new UN Secretary General aiming to reform the United Nations and we call on member states to support these reforms.

 

In Tanzania, UNDAP II is the 5 year business plan for the United Nations from mid-2016 to mid-2021. The plan was guided by the concept of leaving no one behind, the UN mandate of promoting the realization of human rights as well as the national priorities of Tanzania.  The plan has four inter-related, mutually dependent themes: whereby Inclusive Growth requires a Healthy Nation, which is Resilient to shocks within the context of transparent and accountable Governance. These thematic areas aim at realizing the National Vision of people-centered and human-rights based development. It addresses core priorities of the Five Year National Development Plan and Mkuza III.

 

Finally, I would like tohighlight our working relationship with the Government. We in the UN together with the Government, are actively reaching out to people to try and bring the messages of the UN and the Sustainable Development Goals to all citizens. The UN Charter starts with words “WE THE PEOPLE” and the UN in partnership with the Government wants to support all those who live in Tanzania to reach their full potential. But we have challenges with regard to resources and we hope that jointly we can approach development partners to support core priorities for the country, the priorities of the priorities, as the needs are greater than our resources. As Tanzania is undergoing massive transformation as its reaches middle-income status, the United Nations’ assistance must meet new requirements and challenges as it must redefine its mission in a more complex, youthful and vibrant Tanzania. The UN will continue to work with government in ensuring that No One is left Behind.

Mwisho, ningependa kuzungumzia uhusiano wetu wa kikazi na Serikali ya Tanzania. Umoja wa Mataifa, pamoja na Serikali, tunafanya kila jitihada, ili kuwafikia watu wengi, na kufikisha ujumbe, wa Umoja wa Mataifa na Malengo ya Maendeleo Endelevu, kwa wananchi wote.

Mkataba wa kuanzishwa kwa Umoja wa Mataifa unaanza na maneno “SISI WATU”; “WE THE PEOPLE” na Umoja wa Mataifa,  kwa kushirikiana na Serikali,  tumewafikia watanzania wengi wenye uhitaji; wengi wao wakiwa ni watoto, wanawake, na vijana. Na bado tunaendelea kuifikia jamii, ili kuweza kufikia malengo ya maendeleo yao binafsi, na kwa nchi.

 

 

Mheshimiwa Mgeni Rasmi,

Bado tunakabiliana na changamoto nyingi, hasa upande wa rasilimali;  na tunatumaini kwamba kwa pamoja, tunaweza kushawishi washirika wa maendeleo kusaidia katika vipaumbele vya nchi, vile vyenye umuhimu mkubwa kabisa, kwani mahitaji ni makubwa kuliko rasilimali tulizo nazo kwa sasa.

Wakati ambapo Tanzania inafanya mageuzi makubwa,  inapoelekea kuwa nchi ya hadhi ya kipato cha kati, msaada wa Umoja wa Mataifa hauna budi kuendana na mahitaji, na changamoto mpya, na kwa hiyo hatuna budi kuchukua mwelekeo mpya katika kazi zake katika Tanzania yenye kushughulika na mambo mengi, ambayo watu watu wake wengi ni vijana. Kupitia Malengo YA Maendeleo Endelevu, tutahakikisha  katika kwamba Hakuna hata Mtu Mmoja atakayeachwa Nyuma.

 

In concluding, and on behalf of the United Nations, I wish to thank the United Republic of Tanzania for its continued support and close partnership with the United Nations system globally and in the country. Indeed, we call all women, men and youth, all governments to respect the principles of the United Nations Charter as well as the development and the humanitarian objectives we are pursuing jointly in Tanzania. In this time of great change, it is when we most need to be clear on our common vision of peaceful, stable and prosperous Tanzania where every citizen can reach his or her full potential. We also thank our key development partners, including donor countries, It is through your support that the UN remains a close and relevant partner to Tanzania. At the end, our success or failure will depend on our partnership with all of you.

 

Tumechagua, Tumepanga, na Tunatekeleza!

 

Asanteni Sana!