UN in Tanzania marks 67th UN Anniversary

The United Nations in Tanzania marked the UN Week from 17-24 October, jointly with the government, civil society, academia, rural communities, Youths of United Nations Association, school students and the media on the theme of Changing Peoples’ Lives: Greening the Environment for Sustainable Livelihoods. The focus of the celebration was on environment as majority of the population of Tanzania is highly dependent on environment and natural resources for livelihoods and quality of life.  Various activities including a public debate, an exhibition, community and educational outreach programmes and sports activities were organized in the Mainland and Zanzibar related to the theme. During the Flag Raising Ceremony at the Karimjee grounds, Honourable Minister for East Africa Co-operation, Mr. Samwel J. Sitta commended the UN leadership for taking forward the development agenda strongly and supporting Tanzania to meet many of the Millennium Development Goals targets by...

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The Secetary-General's Message on United Nations Day, 24 October 2012

We are living through a period of profound turmoil, transition and transformation.  Insecurity, inequality and intolerance are spreading.  Global and national institutions are being put to the test.  With so much at stake, the United Nations must keep pace across the spectrum of its activities – peace, development, human rights, the rule of law, the empowerment of the world’s women and youth.   There has been important progress on many fronts.  Extreme poverty has been cut in half since the year 2000.  Democratic transitions are under way in many countries. There are encouraging signs of economic growth across the developing world. Now is the time to raise our collective ambitions.  With the 2015 deadline for the Millennium...

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Tanzania Environment web portal open to the public

Coinciding with the 14th session of the African Ministerial Conference on Environment (AMCEN), the Minister of State in the Vice President’s Office (Environment) — Dr. Therezya Huvisa launched the first ever web portal on environment aimed towards educating the youths and the general public.   Launching the web portal and urging the different sectors to contribute to the existing information, Minister Huvisa stated, “Environment, as we all know is a cross cutting issue that involves almost all the sectors of the economy and therefore environmental management is everybody’s responsibility and it cannot be addressed by a single institution.” Speaking at the launch of the web portal, Alberic Kacou, the UN Resident Coordinator in Tanzania stated...

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African Ministerial Conference on Environment kicks off in Arusha

The 14th Session of the African Ministerial Conference on Environment (AMCEN) kicked off on the 10th of September in Arusha in the presence of Ministers from above 40 African Nations, the Development Partners, Youth Volunteers, I/NGOs, the Private Sector and the Media.  Tanzania now takes over the Presidency of AMCEN for the next two years from Mali under the leadership of Dr. Therezya Huvisa, the Minister of State in the Vice President’s Office (Environment). UNDP and UNEP under the flagship of One UN will continue to play a greater role to support the Government of Tanzania to address the environment related core issues in Tanzania. Speaking at the opening of the Conference, the Vice President of the United Republic of Tanzania, Dr Mohamed Gharib Bilal stated...

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Tanzanian Youths celebrate International Youth Day

The Tanzanian youths participated in a number of activities to mark the International Youth Day supported by the Ministry of Information, Youth, Culture and Sports and the UN System Delivering as One in Tanzania with the theme—Building a Better World: Partnering with Youths. Various events were organised in Dar-es-Salaam around the issues of voluntary HIV counseling and testing services; family planning information and services along with educational exhibition for young people, sports and other entertainment programmes. The youths took the initiative to visit media houses prior to the event to bring in greater participation and awareness about the importance of celebrating the day with strong messages, re-emphasizing the role of youth force in the country’s...

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HIV & AIDS in Tanzania’s Congested Prisons is alarming

The HIV epidemic has struck prisons and other places of detention around the world with particular severity. International data shows that HIV prevalence among prisoners is between six to fifty times higher than of that of the general adult population. According to the Legal and Human Rights Centre’s report of 2008, in Tanzania the current number of inmates is over 45,000, while prison facilities have the capacity to accommodate only 22,669. Of these inmates, it is estimated that approximately 9.2 per cent are infected with HIV, including both men and women.     Unfortunately, the increase in inmates in the prisons has not translated into improved prison infrastructures to accommodate the congestion. Rather they remain as they were fifty years ago.  It has...

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"The World is Over Armed and Peace is Under-Funded"

    Last month, competing interests prevented agreement on a much-needed treaty that would have reduced the appalling human cost of the poorly regulated international arms trade.  Meanwhile, nuclear disarmament efforts remain stalled, despite strong and growing global popular sentiment in support of this cause.  The failure of these negotiations and this month’s anniversaries of the atomic bombings at Hiroshima and Nagasaki provide a good opportunity to explore what has gone wrong, why disarmament and arms control have proven so difficult to achieve, and how the world community can get back on track towards these vitally important goals. Many defence establishments now recognize that security means far more than protecting borders.  Grave security...

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