Government, UN Call for Youth to be More Engaged in SDGs

The ceremony was attended by government officials, members of the diplomatic corps, UN staff and over 300 youth.

On October 24th the United Nations and the government of the United Republic of Tanzania commemorated the 73rd anniversary of the UN and reaffirmed their commitment to continue equipping Tanzanian youth with the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to play an active role in finding sustainable and innovative solutions to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Prime Minister of the United Republic of Tanzania, Hon. Kassim Majaliwa graced a flag-raising ceremony held at Karimjee grounds under the theme; Youth Empowerment and Innovation for Achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. The ceremony was attended by government officials, members of the diplomatic corps, UN staff and over 300 youth.

In their statements both the UN and the government insisted that since youth make up over 60 per cent of the population in Tanzania, it is important that they are provided with an enabling environment to participate in development and be players in the implementation of the SDGs and the Second National Five-Year Development Plan (FYDP II).

The Prime Minister commended the United Nations for their sustained partnership with the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania and stressed the need to continue working together to empower Tanzanian youth. “The United Nations and the government will continue to work together on development issues and delivering services to the people of Tanzania such as education, water sanitation and hygiene (WASH), among other areas. On behalf of the government and the people of Tanzania, I extend a vote of thanks to the leadership of the United Nations for their efforts in supporting the government to deliver services to the people”, he said.

The UN Resident Coordinator, Mr. Alvaro Rodriguez thanked the government for continuing to work closely with UN agencies in Tanzania to implement the SDGs. “As Tanzania approaches middle-income status through implementation of the Second National Five-Year Development Plan (FYDP II) and the SDGs, it’s important that we all work together to create an environment where youth have opportunities to contribute to sustainable development,” He said adding, “We need to continue investing in young people – their actions will determine whether or not we achieve the SDGs.”

UN Day was also commemorated in Zanzibar on October 26-27. In Zanzibar, the UN hosted a reception where the guest of honour was the Second Vice President of Zanzibar, Ambassador Seif Ally. The youth had a strong presence at the reception and displayed an exhibition which showcased various development initiatives that they have been conducting. “Zanzibar remains unwaveringly committed to the 2030 development agenda recognizing that it is what it takes to end poverty, eliminate inequalities and improve quality of life and the well-being for all,” said Ambassador Ally.

The reception was followed by an outreach activity at Sebleni - a residence for elderly persons. UN Staff and youth came together to provide the elders living at the resident with basic health services, in addition to cleaning their surroundings and providing them with a meal. The outreach put the spotlight on the elderly as a critical group most likely to be left behind unless deliberate efforts are made to improve the quality of their lives. 

Written by
Edgar Kiliba
Communications Analyst
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UN entities involved in this initiative
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
International Atomic Energy Agency
International Fund for Agricultural Development
International Labor Organization
International Maritime Organization
International Organization for Migration
International Trade Centre
United Nations Environment Programme
United Nations Human Settlements Programme
UN Women
United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS
UN Capital Development Fund
United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
United Nations Development Programme
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
United Nations Population Fund
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
United Nations Children’s Fund
United Nations Industrial Development Organization
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
United Nations Office for Project Services
United Nations Volunteers
World Food Programme
World Health Organization