United Nations Day 2023: Empowering Tanzania's Future through Youth Investment
24 October 2023
Happy United Nations Day!
Every year on October 24th, the world commemorated the entery into force of the United Nations (UN) Charter and the establishment of the organization in 1945. This year, the government of the United Republic of Tanzania, in collaboration with the United Nations, commemorated the 78th anniversary of the establishment of the UN with a flag-raising ceremony at Karimjee Grounds in Dar es Salaam. The event symbolizes Tanzania's dedication to multilateralism and the values enshrined in the UN Charter.
Tanzania, a valued member of the United Nations since December 15th, 1961, has consistently demonstrated a commitment to global cooperation. The nation actively contributed to shaping the global development agenda, playing a pivotal role in formulating the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
In line with the global effort to achieve the SDGs, Tanzania launched its inaugural UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) in 2022. Now in its second year of implementation, the framework reflects Tanzania's commitment to sustainable and inclusive development, providing a roadmap for the UN to support the nation in achieving its national development plans within the context of the SDGs. As the world approaches the 2030 deadline for the SDGs, the urgency to accelerate progress towards these goals has never been more crucial.
This year's UN Day commemoration in Tanzania carries the theme 'Investing in Tomorrow Today: Leveraging Tanzania's Young Population.' The theme aligns with the UNSDCF's 'People' strategic priority, emphasizing the importance of empowering Tanzania's youth and harnessing their potential for sustainable development. It focuses on supporting Tanzania to enhance services in critical areas such as health, education, and social protection, highlighting the indispensable role played by Tanzania's young demographic in shaping the nation's future trajectory.
Mr. Zlatan Milisic, the UN Resident Coordinator, expressed, “As we commemorate the 78th anniversary of the establishment of the United Nations, we recognize the enduring partnership between the Government and people of Tanzania, and the UN. This year's theme, 'Investing in Tomorrow Today: Leveraging Tanzania's Young Population,' underscores the need to accelerate progress on the SDGs. By prioritizing investments in health, education, and social protection, we can empower Tanzania's youth to shape a prosperous and sustainable future for all.”
The Guest of Honor for the commemorations, Minister of Natural Resources and Tourism, Hon. Angellah Kairuki, underscored the importance of the UNSDCF in her remarks and said that the Framework highlights Tanzania's dedication to sustainable and inclusive development, serving as a roadmap for the UN's support for the nation's development plans in the context of the SDGs.
The UN also used the opportunity to showcase some of the key results of the first year of the UNSDCF's implementation (2022/23) across all four of its outcome areas, namely People, Planet, Prosperity and Enabling Environment. Here is the video that was displayed at UN Day:
This year's UN Day serve as a tangible expression of Tanzania's unwavering commitment to the principles of the United Nations. As the nation and the UN join hands to celebrate this momentous day, the focus remains on building a future that is both prosperous and sustainable for generations to come.