Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Mali’s presidential election

The Secretary-General congratulates the people and Government of Mali for the peaceful atmosphere that prevailed during the second round of the presidential election held on 12 August. He welcomes the measures that were put in place that allowed the vote to occur safely in most of the country, notwithstanding difficult weather and security challenges in some areas.    Continue reading

Tanzanian journalist wins Reham Al Farra Fellowship Award

Marygoreth Richard | Tanzania | @MeMarygoreth
Marygoreth Richard is a presenter for “Haba na Haba,” a
weekly community radio program of BBC Media Action
Tanzania with a reach of over 6 million. By providing a
platform for Tanzanians to express their views, her program
acts as a public interest watchdog. Prior to joining BBC
Media Action, Ms. Richard was a news producer with TV
ONE Tanzania and a news anchor with Eatv Ltd. At the
United Nations, Ms. Richard looks forward bringing home
news from the General Assembly that impacts her audience
in rural and peri-urban areas, such as the high-level meeting
to end tuberculosis.


“One way we can build a better future for children is by empowering them through allowing them to speak up for themselves.”-NELSON MANDELA

Siku ya Kimataifa ya Nelson Mandela itaadhimishwa na Ubalozi wa Afrika Kusini kwa kushirikiana na Umoja wa Mataifa katika shule ya Viziwi iliyopo Buguruni Malapa, jijini Dar es Salaam siku ya Jumatano tarehe 18 mwezi huu. Continue reading



The United Nations Information Centre in partnership with the South African High Commission in Tanzania will on Wednesday the 18th of July, 2018 commemorate the International Nelson Mandela Day at the Buguruni School for the Deaf in Buguruni Malapa in Dar es Salaam.

In November 2009, the UN General Assembly declared through Resolution A/RES/64/13  that 18 July would be “Nelson Mandela International Day” in recognition of the former South African President’s contribution to the culture of peace and freedom.

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The Deputy Secretary-General Remarks at the Opening of the High-Level Segment of the 2018 High-level Political Forum

New York, Monday, 16 July 2018 [As prepared for delivery]

“Welcome to the 2018 High-level Political Forum.  Almost three years have passed since world leaders adopted the 2030 Agenda, a roadmap for peaceful and prosperous societies on a healthy planet.  The HLPF is our annual opportunity to take stock of implementation efforts responding to that roadmap.   The six goals in focus this year are an engine for driving inclusive and sustainable growth.

Above all the HLPF is an opportunity to respond to two central questions:

First, are we on track to achieve our Goals by 2030?

And second, what do we need do differently over the coming years to deliver better results?

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The Deputy Secretary-General Opening Remarks at the Local and Regional Governments’ Forum

New York, 16 July 2018 [As prepared for delivery]

“Welcome to the United Nations. I am so pleased to take part in this first-ever Local and Regional Governments Forum at the High-level Political Forum.  I thank the Global Task Force for Local and Regional Governments, UN DESA, UN-Habitat and the Local2030 network for your work.  I am delighted to see so many distinguished leaders and experts from local and regional governments around the world with us today.  I am here for a simple reason. We need you. Continue reading

The Deputy Secretary-General Remarks at SE4ALL Side Event: SDG7 – Leaving No One Behind

New York, 16 July 2018-[As prepared for delivery]

“I am pleased to be with you today to discuss the immensely important topic of “Moving SDG7 forward”.  The 2030 Agenda declares that eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions is the greatest global challenge. Access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all is critical to meet this objective.  It is also essential for addressing climate change, which is indispensable for sustainable development.

Put simply, sustainable energy is the golden thread that links most of the SDGs and the pledge to leave no one behind.  Access to cleaner energy benefits people’s health – especially women and girls — by reducing risks from indoor and outdoor air pollution, and by enabling access to clean water and refrigeration. Continue reading

Young Influencers in Tanzania to Boost Campaign to end Female Genital Mutilation

Dar es Salaam-This week, The Head of UN Population Fund in Tanzania, Jacqueline Mahon and The Head of the  European Union Delegation to Tanzania and the East African Community, Ambassador Roeland Van De Geer met with young influencers in the country to scale up the campaign to end Female Genital Mutilation.

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47 countries including 10 African Member states have submitted their voluntary reviews on the Sustainable Development Goals at the high level political forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development happening in New York this week in a session that started on 9th July.

The Forty-seven countries – both developed and developing – presented on the actions they are taking to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals during the three-day ministerial meeting from 16 to 18 July when they present their Voluntary National Reviews.

The Voluntary National Reviews are part of the follow-up and review mechanism for the 2030 agenda which states agreed to in September 25, 2015. As stipulated in paragraph 84 of the 2030 Agenda, regular reviews by the High Level Political Forum-HLPF are to be voluntary, state-led, undertaken by both developed and developing countries, and involve multiple stakeholders. Continue reading