UN Promotes Safe Spaces to Nurture Young Champions for Development and the Global Goals at National Youth Week

National Youth Week activities included youth symposium that was supported by the International Labour Organization (ILO).

In partnership with the government of the United Republic of Tanzania, the United Nations-supported and participated in national activities in Tanga region including a youth symposium, exhibition and sports bonanza during this year’s National Youth Week commemorations. Under the national theme of Safe Spaces for Youth, the aim of the UN’s support was to ensure that the voices of young men and women are better represented in the national dialogue for peacebuilding in Tanzania. Additionally, the activities aimed to raise awareness among youth on their potential to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and national development priorities.

National Youth Week activities included youth symposium that was supported by the International Labour Organization (ILO). The symposium highlighted important issues regarding the strengthening of safe spaces for youth in Tanzania such as government’s efforts to provide a safe environment for youth; the importance of life-skills training to enable youth to overcome life challenges; the importance of ICT for youth economic development; and the fight against corruption and drug abuse.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), UN Women and the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office supported a Sports Bonanza. The aim was to promote the role of sports in peace-building efforts and bring together youth and veterans to bridge intergenerational differences and create an environment of unity and respect for all. The guest of honour at the event was the Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office, Hon. Jenista Mhagama. Sports was promoted as a recreational space where a healthy lifestyle can be nurtured, where youth can meet to improve their social skills, strengthen cultural values and adapt to rules. 200 youth participated in the bonanza.

The National Youth Week 2018 was also an avenue for UNFPA to expand their reach on Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRHR) among young people through our various partners. Also, UNFPA through AfriYAN showcased various youth-related program activities including the provision of education and information on SRHR to young people to increase their knowledge and awareness that will enable them to have informed choices about their health.

The climax of National Youth Week took place on Mwalimu Nyerere Day and was graced by the President of Zanzibar and the Chairman of the Revolutionary Council, H.E. Dr. Ali Mohamed Shein.


Written by
Edgar Kiliba
Communications Analyst
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UN entities involved in this initiative
International Labor Organization
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
United Nations Population Fund