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UN Day Zanzibar celebrations


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“Industrialization must value environmental conservation for Sustainable Development”


October 26, 2017 Dar es Salaam – Today, the United Nations System in Tanzania in partnership with the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar, development partners and youth marks the 72nd anniversary of the founding of the United Nations. Under this year’s theme of ‘Industrialization must value environmental conservation for Sustainable Development’ the UN Sub-office in Zanzibar and the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar celebrated the UN’s birthday by cleaning Mtopepo Shehia, Magha prior to an evening reception where the guest of honor was President of Zanzibar, H.E. Dr. Ali Mohamed Shein. These activities highlight the UN and government’s sustained partnership and commitment to environmental conservation and development in Zanzibar as they continue to work to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


Mtopepo was among the worst areas affected by the cholera outbreak due it poor sanitation infrastructure. The UN, together with the government and civil society will clear drainages and remove waste in Mtopepo to raise awareness on the importance of environmental sanitation. The cleaning of the area signifies that even though the outbreak has passed, there is still a need to work towards a cleaner Zanzibar.


Addressing UN and government officials at the reception, President Shein said “[Speech shared Seperately],”


Speaking at the reception, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Mr. Alvaro Rodriguez, emphasized the achievements of Phase I of the United Nations Development Assistance Plan (UNDAP I, 2011-2016) as well as the early implementation of Phase II of the United Nations Development Assistance Plan (UNDAP II, 2016-2021) that geared towards implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the context of Zanzibar’s national development plan, Mkuza III.


Zanzibar and the United Nations have enjoyed a very solid partnership for many decades. The UN will continue to support the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar’s efforts to eradicate absolute poverty as called for in Zanzibar Vision 2020 and Goal One of the Sustainable Development Goals,” said Mr. Rodriguez.


Note to Editors:

The United Nations started its operations on October 24, 1945. 2017 therefore marks 72 years since its establishment. 2017 marks the second year of UNDAP II implementation and represents the final stages of planning for the forthcoming UN Joint Programme for Zanzibar which will begin in 2018. Combing the efforts of eight UN agencies in Zanzibar, the programme will create synergies and provide coordinated development support to the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar.


This year the UN is partnering with the private sector through Fursa to reach out to youth across the country with different messages from UN Agencies on priority SDGs in Tanzania. In Zanzibar, UN Women and FURSA will reach out to young women and men on addressing violence against women and girls, focusing on the prevention aspect, in the context of the newly launched National Plan of Action to End Violence against Women and Children.


For more information on the United Nations Week, please contact:

Ms. Hoyce Temu, United Nations Tanzania Communications Specialist (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) - 0682262627