This year marked 77 years since inception of United Nations on October 24, 1945 and 61 years since United Republic of Tanzania became a member to the United Nations.
This year’s theme for the commemoration was “Inclusive Communities, Leaving no one behind”, the celebration was honored by Dr Damasi Ndumbaro (Minister of constitution and Legal Affairs) at JNICC and other guests from The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and East Africa Cooperation, UN agencies , United Nations Association of Tanzania, ambassadors, Diplomats, Tanzania Peoples Defence Force, youth, and students.
UNA Tanzania’s Executive Director Mr. Reynald Maeda had a chance to offer his remarks during the commemoration. The remarks focused on three issues that are key to ensuring that no one is left behind and there is inclusive communities;
- Financial inclusion and Economic empowerment to vulnerable communities (Youth, women and People with Disabilities). In the past year UNA Tanzania was able to make groups of youth access 1 billion from 10% LGAs loans now is working with PO-RALG and looking forward to collaborate with UN Women in finalizing the financial guideline for the 10% local government loans that will help to reach more women, youth and people with disabilities and improve their livelihoods.
- Inclusive representation and meaningful participation in decision making platforms where UNA Tanzania is working with other partners to establish UN Youth Delegate program as part of increasing Global South youth participation at the UN level.
- Voluntary National Review process which provides a unique opportunity to ensure that voices of marginalized groups are included in the reporting. UNA Tanzania just like in 2019, is coordinating Civil Society’s participation in the exercise to contribute to the National report as well as the Civil Society Report. Young people, women, children and communities that a hard to reach will participate through leave no one behind hearings dialogues and consultations.
He commented that, “the true meaning of an inclusive community is where everyone has a voice!”