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EMPOWERING TANZANIA’S YOUTH IN THE UNIVERSAL PERIODIC REVIEW PROCESS

UNA Tanzania participated in the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Mid-term Stakeholder Consultative Session in Morogoro On 13th and 14th May 2024. The session was convened by the Legal Human Rights Centre (LHRC) and the Tanzania Human Rights Defenders Coalition (THRDC). More than 50 participants joined the session working on various thematic areas, such as, women’s and children’s rights, minority and People with Disabilities’ rights, economic and social rights, civil and political rights, general human rights, and human rights defenders in general. As part of the UPR process, Tanzania is anticipated to be reviewed for a midterm period spanning from 2022 to 2024. This consultative session is an integral aspect of that process. For the years 2022–2024, a shadow report is anticipated to be presented to the UN Human Rights Council in November 2024.

Mr. Goodluck Willy (on the right) Sustainable Development and Human Rights Programs Manager at UNA Tanzania on a discussion during the stakeholders Universal Periodic Review working session in Morogoro.

The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a cornerstone of global human rights progress. Tanzania actively participates in this process as a UN member, but young people, a crucial demographic has been insuffient in the reporting process. UNA Tanzania actively participated in the stakeholders consultative session to ensure issues of concern to young people’s rights are addressed.

Furthermore, on 16th May UNA Tanzania collaborated with THRDC to address this gap by holding a youth consultation session focused on youth inclusion in the UPR. The session brought together stakeholders and youth representatives from around 30 Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Dar es salaam to explore, integrate youth voices and recommendations as well as champion their fundamental rights.

The session aimed to empower youth representatives by:

  • Building their understanding of the UPR process.
  • Facilitating the development of actionable recommendations for the UPR report

    Youth represenatatives at the consultation session on the Universal Periodic Review in Dar es salaam.

These recommendations targeted key areas like good governance, ICT access, education, and economic empowerment – ensuring young people’s needs and aspirations are heard.

Stakeholders emerged from the seminar committed to collaborating in enhancing youth participation in Tanzania’s UPR by not only submitting youth recommendations but also championing the integration of a youth thematic group in the report to make youth voices explicitly heard. This collective effort signifies a vital step towards the full realization of human rights for all and leaving no one behind!

TRANSFORMING LIVES IN MPWAPWA DISTRICT OF DODOMA REGION

For the past year, UNA Tanzania has been implementing the climate resilience project in Mpwapwa District which aimed to pilot a regional resilience model in Tanzania to strengthen the ability of communities to cope with and regulate the effects of climate change. The model focuses on engaging the communities to drive their nature-based solutions that can help create sustainable living conditions in the district. In partnership with LM in Tanzania and International Aid Services in Kenya, we are changing the lives of farmers and the community in the district.

The project’s heart is ensuring farmers are equipped with knowledge and are implementing best agricultural practices that allow farmers to mitigate and adapt to the changing climate. After a series of capacity strengthening, we supported farmers with farm inputs across the villages in Ng’ambi Ward and 2 community institutions; 1 school and 1 church. The inputs included millet and vegetable seeds, plastic sheets for ground installation of the rainwater harvesting reservoirs, triple-layered food preservation bags, and herbicides/pesticide sprayers. Providing farm inputs to farmers in the ward was an integral component of the project that ensured the farmers were supported to take action towards adopting and becoming resilient. Through the project support, the farmers were able to diversify crops and venture into drought-resistant crop varieties such as millet. Together with practicing improved farming methods that they learnt from UNA Tanzania’s trainings , their crop yield improved significantly, from 4 sacks per acre to 8-9 sacks per acre.

“Before the project, I was a maize farmer. However, there are numerous challenges with maize farming. Because of our arid terrain in the region, by February, the maize becomes burnt by the sun. So, we invest a lot in maize agriculture, but we harvest very little. After receiving awareness from UNA Tanzania about the best farming practices and millet cultivation that is resistant to climate change, I realized that there is a great need to change and shift  to millet cultivation to ensure that I get enough food for my family while boosting the economy in my household through selling the extra sacks. And I am so happy with this seasons yield. I harvested a total of 18 sacks in my 2 acres field” – William Samwel, a farmer in Ng’hambi Village.

William Samwel captured during harvesting at his farm

Agriculture, livestock rearing, and a few, small-scale industries comprise the largest percentage of Mpwapwa District’s economy. In the Council, more than 80% of the workforce is still employed in the agricultural sector. However, climate change poses a great threat to the Council. It has led to unreliable rainfall and prolonged drought season. UNA Tanzania took a crucial step to train the community on rainwater harvesting and food preservation techniques to enhance the availability of water and nutritious food even during long droughts. Farmers, pastoralists, and other community members were trained on basic skills of rainwater harvesting and practically demonstrated how to establish local cost-effective rainwater reservoirs at home to prepare for harvesting rainwater in their households that can be used for irrigation and domestic use. The community members were also capacitated on food preservation skills and crop value addition aiming at ensuring food security in their homesteads, improving nutrition, and sustaining their livelihood.

“After receiving the rainwater harvesting and food preservation training, I started saving money and eventually built a water reservoir at home. I’ve been able to harvest over a thousand liters of water, which made it possible for me to grow a vegetable garden at home and later preserved them. Lately, my family’s diet has greatly improved since every meal includes vegetables. At the same time, I even sell water to my neighbors who are experiencing water scarcity.”  says Felista Isaya, an entrepreneur.

Felista Isaya, an an entrepreneur in Ng’hambi village drawing water from a reservoir beside her house.

UNA Tanzania is transforming lives in Mpwapwa district by improving their adaptation capacity and building a resilient community that can thrive through the changing climatic conditions

OPPORTUNITY ALERT: GLOBAL YOUTH SUMMIT 2024

Young leaders aged 21-29 from around the world are invited to apply for the fully funded Global Youth Summit 2024 in Cape Town, South Africa offered by the Global Chage Makers! This exciting event offers a chance to develop skills, network with over 1300 changemakers, and potentially win grant funding for impactful projects.

The summit promises a week of learning, collaboration, and action alongside inspiring youth leaders. It’s your chance to join a movement creating positive change for a better future!

Here’s what’s included:

  • Skills development workshops
  • Networking opportunities
  • Capacity building sessions
  • Round-trip airfare
  • Accommodation
  • Meals

Eligibility:

  • Age 21-29
  • Live anywhere in the world

Apply Now!

The application window closes on May 26th, 2024. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to be part of a global movement for positive change.

More information is found on the Global Changemakers website through: https://www.global-changemakers.net/gys2024

To apply click the following link: https://www.global-changemakers.net/gys24apply

A STEP TOWARDS THE UN CIVIL SOCIETY CONFERENCE AND THE SUMMIT OF THE FUTURE

The Summit of The Future is a high-level event, brings world leaders together to forge a new international consensus on how we deliver a better present and safeguard the future. The Summit of the Future will look at the “how” – how do we cooperate better to deliver on the above aspirations and goals? How do we better meet the needs of the present while also preparing for the challenges of the future? The aim of the Summit is twofold: accelerate efforts to meet our existing international commitments and take concrete steps to respond to emerging challenges and opportunities. This will be achieved through an action-oriented outcome document called the Pact for the Future. The Pact will be negotiated, and endorsed by countries in the lead-up to and during the Summit in September 2024.

Gearing up for the UN Civil Society Conference in Nairobi ahead of the Summit of The Future, on 16th April 2024 UNA Tanzania through the Tanzania Sustainable Development Platform gathered inputs and recommendations from 100 CSOs from all zones of Tanzania mainland and Zanzibar about the chapters of the Zero Draft Pact for the Future. The following are highlights of the recommendations provided on some of the chapter of the draft;

Chapter 1: Sustainable Development and Financing for Development

Recommendations:

  • The national government should prioritize gender-responsive budgeting.
  • Ensure proper allocation of financing for disaster preparedness.
  • Establish a national reporting system for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • Align and integrate SDGs with its indicators into national plans, strategies, and agendas.

Chapter 2: International peace and security

Recommendations:

  • It is recommended that the United Nations bolster its intelligence capabilities by enhancing unity among intelligence agencies, thereby fortifying global security measures and fostering greater collaboration in addressing emerging threats.
  • It is advised that the United Nations prioritize the integration of the fairness principle into its resolutions, ensuring equitable and just outcomes that resonate with the diverse perspectives and interests of its member states, thereby enhancing the legitimacy and effectiveness of its decision-making processes

Chapter 4: Youth and Future Generations

Recommendations:

  • Strengthen the UN Youth Office, initially establishing regional and national offices when expanding globally, to ensure comprehensive coverage and tailored support for youth initiatives.
  • Advocate for aligning the age of eligibility for voting with the age required to run for leadership positions, fostering greater inclusion and representation of young voices in political processes.
  • Encourage the implementation of youth charters within each state, delineating rights, responsibilities, and opportunities for young individuals, based on mutually agreed-upon age criteria.

Chapter 5: Transforming Global Governance

Recommendations:

  • Encourage impartial and equitable decision-making processes, ensuring fairness and transparency.
  • Promote greater inclusivity in meetings and summits, fostering diversity and representation from all stakeholders.

LAUNCHING OF THE CSOs DIGITAL INVENTORY: UNVEILING SDGs POWERHOUSES IN TANZANIA

The Tanzania Sustainable Development Platform (TSDP) co-convened by the United Nations Association of Tanzania launched a digital Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) inventory that redefines stakeholders engagement and collaboration in the realm of sustainable development goals (SDGs) worldwide. With a database of 1000 CSOs, the inventory elevates the visibility and connectivity of CSOs dedicated to advancing the 2030 Agenda. With a mission to implement a transparent, easily accessible inventory and digital mapping tool, the platform serves as a hub for CSOs tirelessly working towards achieving the United Nations SDGs.

The significance of this initiative lies in its potential to foster unprecedented levels of networking and collaboration within Tanzania’s civil society landscape and beyond. By compiling a verified inventory of CSOs and integrating them into a user-friendly digital platform, the platform is poised to break down silos and maximize the impact of collective action. Practically, The platforms efforts facilitates seamless access to information and cooperation among CSOs, connecting organizations based on their core areas of work aligned with the 17 SDGs and 169 targets. Through a series of roundtable zonal discussions conducted across Tanzania mainland and Zanzibar. Followed by identification and verification processes, the Tanzania Sustainable Development Platform not only increased awareness of the 2030 Agenda but also it empowers CSOs with the tool needed to effectively and notably unveil their contributions to the achievement of SDGs. Click the following link to access the inventory: https://cartodd.francophonie.org/

The launch was graced by The Registrar of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) Ms. Vickness Mayao. She commended UNA Tanzania for pioneering this initative that not only compliments the NGOs Information System (NIS) it goes further to verify the information in order to obtain accurate information. UNA Tanzania highly appreciates the  Office of the Registrar of Non-Governmental Organizations for their significant collaboration throughout the endeavor. Moreover, calls upon associations and non-governmental organizations to support this initiative by registering in the database by clicing the following link: maendeleoendelevu.or.tz/membership/ so as to esure CSOs contrubutions to sustainable development in the country is accounted.