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Dar es Salaam, Kitengo cha Habari cha Umoja wa Mataifa kilichopo jijini Dar es Salaam, UNIC Dar es Salaam kinatarajia kufanya ziara Bukoba, Mwanza na Lushoto ili kuelimisha jamii kuhusu ajenda mbalimbali za Umoja wa Mataifa ikiwemo ajenda ya Maendeleo endelevu iliyopitishwa hivi karibuni na nchi wanachama wa Umoja wa Mataifa.
Kitengo hicho chenye Makao makuu yake jijini New York na ofisi wakilishi jijini Dar es Salaam, kimedhamiria kuwafikia vijana wengi ipasavyo katika shule na vyuo vikuu kupitia maongezi na kugawa machapisho yenye taarifa za ajenda za Umoja wa Mataifa ili kuwafahamisha jinsi ya kushiriki katika shughuli mbali mbali za Umoja huo. Ziara hiyo inalenga kuanzisha na kuamsha klabu mpya katika shule na UN chapters katika vyuo na vilevile kuwaunganisha vijana hawa na mtandao wa klabu za UN nchini ili wabadilishane mawazo.
Nikiongea na Mkuu wa Kitengo hicho cha habari nchini, Bi Stella Vuzo alieleza kwamba, “Kitengo cha Habari cha Umoja wa Mataifa kinajikita katika kuelimisha jamii kuhusu kazi na Ajenda mbalimbali za Umoja wa Mataifa kama Malengo ya Milenia, Malengo endelevu, Mabadiliko ya Tabia Nchi, Amani, ili kuwezesha dunia kuwa mahali bora zaidi kuishi na pia kuhakikisha watu wa kawaida wakiwemo watoto na vijana wanaielewa Umoja wa Mataifa na kushirikiana na Umoja huo katika kutekeleza ajenda zake.”
Akizungumzia ziara hiyo, Bi Vuzo alisema kwamba, “Kwa kawaida kila mwaka huwa tunafanya ziara katika shule na vyuo mbalimbali katika maeneo machache nchini na kwa kipindi hiki cha kufunga mwaka, Kitengo kitatembelea Mkoa wa Kagera na vyuo vikuu vya Mwanza pamoja na Wilaya ya Lushoto Mkoani Tanga.” Vilevile Kituo hicho kitavifikia vyombo vya habari ili kuimarisha ushirikiano katika kutoa habari kwa jamii.
Bi. Vuzo aliisema kwamba Kitengo hicho kimechagua maeneo hayo kwa kuwa, “Kwa muda mrefu sana hatujakutana na wanafunzi wa UN clubs kule Kagera na wengi tuliokutana nao kipindi cha nyuma wameshahitimu ama kujiendeleza hivyo wanafunzi na vijana waliopo hivi sasa wanahitaji kupata habari upya pamoja na muongozo mpya wa jinsi ya kuunda klabu za Umoja wa Mataifa zitakazowawezesha kushirikiana nasi.”
Alielezea kwamba miaka iliyopita waliwahi kutembelea Dodoma, Tabora, Sumbawanga, Mbeya, Morogoro, Ruvuma, Mtwara, Kilwa, Zanzibar, Tanga, Arusha, Kilimanjaro na Mwanza na kufikia Zaidi ya wanafunzi 5000. Afisa Habari Mkuu huyo alisema “Kwa sasa tuna klabu za Umoja wa Mataifa zaidi ya 250 katika shule mbalimbali Tanzania na UN Chapters zaidi ya 30 katika Vyuo vikuu vilivyopo nchini. Katika ushirika huu vijana hujifunza kujieleza kwa ufasaha, kujenga urafiki mzuri, wanajitambua na kufahamu majukumu yao katika jamii na maishani mwao. Vile vile wanajifunza kujadili masuala kwa uhakika badala ya kudhania, vijana hushiriki katika kutunza mazingira, kuelimisha vijana wenzao na kuepuka matumizi mabaya ya muda wao.”
Ziara hizi zinalenga kuleta Umoja wa Mataifa karibu zaidi kwa wananchi wa kawaida na kuwapa vijana fursa ya kuuliza maswali na kujifunza zaidi. Ziara ya kwenda Kagera itafanywa na Bi. Vuzo ambaye ni Afsa Habari Mkuu wa Kitengo hicho cha habari cha Umoja wa Mataifa jijini Dar es Salaam na ile ya Kwenda Lushoto itafanywa na Afisa Habari wa Kitengo hicho, Bi Usia Nkhoma.
Pamoja na kufanya ziara mikoani za kuhabarisha jamii, Kitengo cha Habari cha Umoja wa Mataifa kinaratibu Maadhimisho ya Siku mbali mbali za Umoja wa Mataifa nchini Tanzania, Kinajumuisha vijana kutoka Tanzania nzima na kuwaongoza katika kuunda mfano wa Baraza Kuu la Umoja wa Mataifa na kujadili matatizo ya dunia, Kitengo hicho kinashirikiana na waandishi wa habari katika kutoa mafunzo kuhusu Mabadiliko ya Tabia Nchi na Mazingira na katika kutoa habari kuhusu kazi za kila siku za Umoja wa Mataifa pamoja na kuelimisha vijana ambao hawako shuleni kuhusu ujasiriamali. Kuna Maktaba inayoendeshwa na kitengo hicho na ambacho kinakaribisha uma kutembelea na kufahamu zaidi kuhusu Umoja wa Mataifa.
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The Paris Climate Change Conference of Parties is coming up and today there will be a press briefing by The UN Assistant Secretary-General on Climate Change Janos Pasztor at 11 a.m. New York Time today, 20th November.
You can follow and watch the press briefing which will be webcast live at http://webtv.un.org/ It it will also be posted on the climate change webportal: http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/cop21
You can also visit the UNFCCC website, especially its newsroom http://newsroom.unfccc.int/ where journalists can find more information, including announcements by countries on their climate action plans – Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs).
Please also note that the Q&A on COP21 is now available in a number of languages on Trello (https://trello.com/b/WUY6sxEh/climate-change-cop21).
There will be a COP 21 briefing in Tanzania for journalists on the 30th of this month. Let me know if you are interested in participating for two hours.
Please feel free to contact UNIC Dar es Salaam for further information.
New York, 16 November 2015 The call “to practice tolerance”
was written into the identity of the United Nations 70 years ago.
People are more connected–- but this does not mean there is more understanding.
Societies are ever more diverse – but intolerance is growing in many places. Sectarian tensions can be found at the heart of many conflicts, with the rise of violent extremism, massive human rights violations, and cultural cleansing. And the biggest crisis of forced displacement since the Second World War has spawned hatred and xenophobia against refugees and others.
Tolerance is much more than passively accepting the “other”. It brings obligations to act, and must be taught, nurtured and defended. Tolerance requires investment by States in people, and in the fulfillment of their full potential through education, inclusion and opportunities. This means building societies founded on respect for human rights, where fear, distrust and marginalization are supplanted by pluralism, participation and respect for differences.
This is the message of the International Day of Tolerance – reflected in the UNESCO Declaration of Principles on Tolerance, adopted in 1995. This same idea animates the International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures (2013-2022), which is being led forward by UNESCO across the world.
On the International Day of Tolerance, let us recognize the mounting threat posed by those who strive to divide, and let us pledge to forge a path defined by dialogue, social cohesion and mutual understanding.
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The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims is a time to reflect on the needless tragedies that occur each day on the world’s roads.
Despite improvements in road safety, we still face some shocking injury and fatality figures.
Road traffic accidents kill an estimated 1.25 million people each year — 90 per cent of them in middle- and low-income countries.
Such accidents are the leading cause of death among young people aged between 15 and 29. Almost half of all road traffic deaths are among pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.
I call on governments to tighten enforcement of laws on speeding, drinking and driving, and to mandate and enforce the use of seat-belts, motorcycle helmets and child restraints — all of which have been shown to save lives.
The Second Global High-Level Conference on Road Safety, hosted by the Government of Brazil and supported by the World Health Organization, is being convened this week. Some 1500 delegates from more than 100 countries — including ministers of transport, health and interior — will meet to find ways to halve road traffic deaths and injuries by 2020 — the target set forth in the new Sustainable Development Goals agreed by Member States in September.
On this solemn day, let us re-commit to making our roads safe for all.
On Tuesday 20 October, the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs launched the 2015 edition of its World’s Women Report. This important report is issued every five years.
The Report is guided by the principles of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action adopted by countries at the 1995 UN Fourth World Conference on Women. Reviewing progress towards gender equality, the report presents the latest statistics and analyses of the status of women and men in eight critical areas of policy concern.
Marking the significantly increased availability of statistical data on gender issues over the past two decades, the World’s Women Report was launched on the occasion of the 2015 World Statistics Day (20 October) which highlights the importance of statistics in helping policy makers develop informed policies that impact millions of people worldwide.
(More information on World Statistics Day can be found at. http://www.un.org/en/events/statisticsday/).
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 13 October 2015: On behalf of the UN Country Team, I feel honoured and privileged to be addressing you today, the 70th Anniversary of the United Nations. Ninasema Asanteni Sana kwa uwepo wenu leo hii. Ni faraja kubwa kwa familia ya Umoja wa Mataifa, kwani siku hii ni muhimu sana kwetu na Dunia nzima.
70 years ago, almost to the day, the small community of members states coming out of the horrors of World War II that saw genocide, atomic weapons, other weapons of mass destruction, and human displacement of an unimaginable scale, joined together to promote peace and form the United Nations. And in the start of the preamble of their noble endeavor used three important words “we the people”.
Since then, that small community of nations has doubled in number, and doubled again, as self-determination led to new member states and “we the peoples grew”. And the mission of the United Nations multiplied. Through challenges and difficulties, it has sought to meet an ever-more complex set of goals. Nowadays it even includes the preservation of the planet itself. Indeed it is “we the people” that today celebrate and commit to the values of the wise men and women who in 1945 wrote a charter and started an institution which we ignore at our peril.
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. For Tanzania, this year, we have decided to celebrate it today due to the upcoming general elections of 25th October.
Today, at this event, we are re-emphasizing yet again the long standing collaboration between the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania, international and national development partners and the United Nations. By marking this day jointly, we are re-enforcing the partnership and strengthening the commitment to the norms and standards that members states working through the United Nations have agreed to.
Siku ya Leo, tunasisitiza tena, ushirikiano wetu wa muda mrefu, kati ys Serikali ya Jamhuri ya Muungano wa Tanzania, wadau wetu wa maendeleo, na mashirika ya Umoja wa Mataifa. Kwa kuadhimisha siku hii ya Umoja wa Mataifa kwa pamoja, tunaimarisha ushirikaino wetu, katika masuala ya msingi, ambayo nchi wanachama wa Umoja wa Mataifa, wamekubaliana nayo.
Honourable Minister, Distinguished Guests
As the UN marks 70 years, the global theme is “Strong UN. Better World.” In Tanzania we have chosen the theme “One World, 7 Billion people, Environmental Conservation is our responsibility” to mark this anniversary. As “we the people” prepare for the post-2015 development agenda, the magnitude of the task before us will require decisive action, but the goal is noble indeed:
To be the last generation to deal with uncontrolled climate change, but equally importantly, to be the first generation free of absolute poverty.
Honourable Minister, Distinguished Guests
Today I would like to briefly address five key themes shaping our common vision.
I. The UN@70
II. Peace, Security and Climate Change,
IV. Preparations for our new UN Tanzania business plan, UNDAP II
V. The transition from MDGs to SDGs
First, the UN@70
In Tanzania the UN at 70 celebrations started in early July at the Saba Saba exhibition where we initiated our dialogue with Tanzanian men and women to learn about their views of the UN. Then, UN and partners planted over 2000 trees on the slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro to highlight the need to protect and restore the natural environment. This was followed by the Temeke market cleaning and a focus on environmental hygiene. We continued with a Joint Press Conference with MOFAIC, and yesterday with a Youth Symposium graced by former President Mkapa. And today, we are reaching the climax of the UN Day in the mainland. In Zanzibar we will hold an event on the 15th. The objective of these efforts has been to highlight that it is “we the people”, organized as government and donor community, as civil society organizations and community groups, as youth groups or UN civil servants, have the power and capacity to shape the development process in our countries. The activities are symbolic of the highest aspirations we all hold. And of all aspirations, peace and security is foremost for the UN and I now turn to this second point of reflection.
Second, Peace, Security and Climate Change
Peace and Security continues to be UN’s main objective worldwide. We all hear and see the impact of conflict within and between countries undermining the social fabric of “we the people”. There can be no sustainable development without peace and no peace without sustainable development. We are also keenly aware of the success of the government and people of Tanzania in building a country at peace since Independence; a democratic society that has been able to transition regularly from one president to the other peacefully. And we expect this to be the case yet again later this month. Indeed, we wish Tanzania a peaceful, inclusive and fair election later this month. We are also all aware of Tanzania’s leading contributions globally and regionally. This includes support to UN Peacekeeping efforts, leadership in the Great Lakes Region and Tanzania’s remarkable hosting of refugees from neighbouring countries.
But the nature of conflict is changing and as we look into the future we must be aware of the threats brought about by climate change. These threats are to individual people and to societies. I have travelled in 22 regions of Tanzania and in all of them one can feel the impact of climate change, often with women and children as major victims. In Kiteto for example, I met with Siame, a teenage mother, who walks over 10 kilometers every day to get water from a hole dug on a dry river bed.
She said that two years ago, she was fetching water from the river, which is now dry. This sadly reflects the impact of the rapid change in our environment. In early December, the 2015 Paris Climate Conference will aim to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement with the goal of keeping global warming below 2°C. We believe Tanzania will be well represented and address the needs of countries facing the challenge of climate change adaptation so that young people like Siame can achieve a better life. But Siame is one of many young people with high aspirations in Tanzania and young people is our third reflection.
Third, the Youth Bulge and growing inequalities within countries
Among the many global challenges priorities are the growing needs and demands of youth. Youth around the world are more than ever before better educated, more connected and more aware but are finding it difficult to find decent jobs. This makes them more politically vocal and they want to see and hear their voices heard. We must ensure that youth in the country are fully engaged in the development processes that impact their lives. This includes ensuring that they have skills and knowledge to meet the needs of economic transformation in Tanzania. But youth must never forget that they must be a force for peace and progress as they are the leaders of tomorrow. As UN we want to partner with Youth around the world to ensure they become stakeholders of the values and principles that the UN espouses. And we hope that our next business plan, UNDAP II starting in July, will assist in this process and I would like to make a few remarks as our fourth reflection for today.
Fourth, the UN Business Plan, the UNDAP
As you are aware, our current five year programme of cooperation, the UN Development Assistance Plan or UNDAP I is coming to an end in June 2016. In these final few months of implementation, we shall be regularly sharing with you the results of our partnerships with government and development actors across a range of sectors. And we must show how we have benefited both men and women. This has been the goal of the One UN efforts in the country.
Just as Tanzania will be embarking on its next Five Year Development Plan next July, the UN we shall be launching the second UN Development Assistance Plan (UNDAP II). The planned goals build upon the results of our first UNDAP and its lessons learnt. Their formulation was guided by two principal concerns which embody the spirit of “we the people”:
i. The concept of ‘leaving no-one behind’ as defined in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and central to the UN mandate of promoting the realization of human rights; and
ii. Contextualization of the SDGs in terms of the national priorities, seeking inclusive change for Tanzanians as the country transitions to Middle Income Status
The 12 Programme Outcomes are grouped in four inter-related themes; Inclusive Growth which requires a Healthy Nation, which is Resilient to shocks (both natural and man-made) within a context of transparent and Accountable Governance which supports the people’s needs. Progress on these four thematic results areas will advance realization of a National Vision which is people-centred and human-rights based.
And fifth and final reflection is the transition from the Millennium Development Goals to the Sustainable Development Goals (Kutoka Malengo ya Milenia kwenda Maendeleo Endelevu)
We are meeting at a time of immense challenges to sustainable development. Billions of our people continue to live in poverty and are denied a life of dignity. There are rising inequalities within and among countries. There are enormous disparities of opportunity, wealth and power. Gender inequality remains a key challenge. Unemployment, particularly youth unemployment, is a major concern. Global health threats, more frequent and intense natural disasters, spiraling conflict, terrorism and related humanitarian crises and forced displacement of people threaten to reverse much of the development progress made in recent decades.
The SDGs will take effect in January 2016 and will build upon the achievements of the MDGs and seek to address the challenges I have just mentioned. The SDG Declaration has a laudable set of objectives: to end poverty and hunger everywhere; to combat inequalities within and among countries; to build peaceful, just and inclusive societies; to protect human rights and promote gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls; and to ensure the lasting protection of the planet and its natural resources. It also resolved to create conditions for sustainable, inclusive and sustained economic growth, shared prosperity and decent work for all, taking into account different levels of national development and capacities.
Honourable Minister, Distinguished Guests
Let me conclude now, and on behalf of the United Nations, I thank the United Republic of Tanzania and all development partners for continued support and close partnership with the United Nations system globally and in the country. We call on all women, men and youth, all governments, all countries, in effect “all peoples” to respect the principles of the United Nations Charter as well as the development and humanitarian objectives we are pursuing jointly in Tanzania.
Kwa niaba ya Umoja wa Mataifa, nachukua fursa hii kuishukuru Serikali ya Jamhuri ya Muungano wa Tanzania, na wadau wetu wa Maendeleo, kwa kuendelea kutuunga mkono na ushirikiano wao na Umoja wa Mataifa, kimataifa na kitaifa. Tunawaita wanawake, wanaume na vijana, serikali zote, nchi zote na wadau wa maendeleo, kuipa kipaumbele dhana ya ‘watu kwanza’!
In this time of great change, it is when we most need to be clear on our common objective for a peaceful, stable and prosperous Tanzania where every citizen can reach his or her full potential. In the final analysis, our success or failure will again in my view be determined by our capacity to represent the views of “we the people” leaving aside narrow parochial interests, leaving aside ‘us and them,’, ‘I and you’ and focus instead on ‘WE’, united in a common vision. I end by reaffirming the UN’s commitment to the people of the United Republic of Tanzania now and in future.
Kupanga ni Kuchagua! Amani Kwanza! And happy birthday to the UN!