Tanzania marks 77th Anniversary of the United Nations
24 October 2022
Tanzania and United Nations (UN) celebrated the 77th anniversary of establishment of the UN under the theme “Inclusive communities: Leaving no one Behind”
The chosen theme in Tanzania articulates the shared aim of putting people first in the development process by addressing the interconnected challenges of the most vulnerable and marginalized people. This theme is also line with key global targets for achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which contribute to ending poverty, protecting the planet, and bringing peace and prosperity to all. Inclusivity addressed reducing inequality by empowering and promoting the social, economic, and political inclusion of all, including persons with disabilities.
The official UN Day celebration took place at the Julius Nyerere International Convention Centre (JNICC) in Dar es Salaam on October 24th, 2022. A flag-raising ceremony, a parade and students entertainment marked the day. There were also statements read by the Minister for Constitution and Legal Affairs, Hon. Damas Ndumbaro (MP), the UN Resident Coordinator, Mr. Zlatan Milisic and a youth representative from the United Nations Association (UNA), Mr. Reynald Maeda. The raising of the UN flag is a symbol of the continued commitment and partnership of the government of the United Republic of Tanzania in working together with UN agencies, funds and programmes to bring development in this country.
Speaking to the media, the UN Resident Coordinator, Zlatan Milisic said, “We thank the Government of Tanzania for its continued partnership and for the enabling environment that allows UN agencies funds and programs to work in this nation. The United Nations is committed to continue working closely supporting the government on achieving it’s national priorities and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).”
In May earlier this year, the Vice President of the United Republic of Tanzania, Dr. Philip Mpango launched the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNDSCF) 2022-2027. The UNSDCF is the UN’s blueprint for supporting the Government and people of Tanzania to achieve the country’s national development priorities and the SDGs. It commenced implementation in July 2022 and will guide the work of the UN system in Tanzania for the next five years.
On his part, the Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Mbarouk Nassor Mbarouk said, “The United Nations is an important partner in the development of Tanzania. We have partnered for many years bringing development in various sectors of our nation through their various plans and development assistances. This year the Government in partnership with the United Nations launched the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework which will end in 2027 and which is aligned to the third National Development plan. It is our expectation that the plan will be very successful.”
Concurrent celebrations to mark UN Day also took place in Zanzibar and Kasulu District in Kigoma.
For the Isles, The Hon. Minister of Health in Zanzibar, Dr. Nassor Mazrui, graced a celebratory event intended to recognize the role of community health workers (CHVs) as a vehicle for inclusion and sustainability at the community level, consistent with the theme of this year.
In Kigoma, the celebrations were through a blood donation drive. The Kasulu District Commissioner, Col. Isaac Anthony Mwakisu officiated the celebrations which brought together UN staff to donate blood with support from the Tanzania Red Cross Society (TRCS). The Red Cross Society is an implementing partner at the Nyarugusu camp, providing health services to both refugees and host communities.