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UNA TANZANIA COMMENCED THE REGIONAL CLIMATE RESILIENCE PILOT PROJECT IN MPWAPWA

On 13th of June UNA Tanzania launched the regional climate resilience pilot project at Mpwapwa urban water supply and sanitation authority office in Dodoma region, Tanzania. UNA Tanzania in partnership with LM International and IAS Kenya is implementing the climate resilience project in Mpwapwa District which aims to pilot a 7 pillar regional resilience model in Tanzania to strengthen the ability of communities to cope and regulate effects of climate change. The 7 pillars model focuses on engaging the communities to drive their own nature-based solutions which can help create sustainable living conditions in their villages. The 7 pillars are natural resources management and environmental sustainability; community health and water; governance and human rights-based approaches; economic empowerment; peace building, safety and security; infrastructure development as well as education empowerment.

The launch was attended by 35 key stakeholders from the district including representatives from the District Commissioner’s Office, District Executive Director’s office, District Police Office, religious leaders at the district level and community leaders from four villages of Ng’hambi ward namely; Ng’ambi, Kiyegea, Kazania and Mbugani. The launch was initiated by Hon George Fuime who is the Councillor of Mpwapwa and the chairperson of Mpwapwa District Council. During the inception, the stakeholders discussed the status of climate change impacts in Ng’hambi ward, challenges of implementation of climate change initiatives and overall priorities for climate change interventions which is crucial in achieving the set objectives of the project.

“Climate change is serious in our ward, we need not only resilience measures but also awareness creation on the issue. Hence, we welcome this pilot in our district with open arms” Guest of Honor Hon. George Fuime emphasized as he offers his salutation during the launch.

Hon. George Fuime offering his remarks during the launch

Hon. George Fuime

On the following 2 days, capacity building workshop for resilience based on needs was conducted at Ng’hambi village of Ng’ambi ward. The workshop was attended by 41 community members from the 4 villages of the ward including Ng’hambi Ward Chancellor, Ward Executive officers, Village Executive Officers, Village Chairpersons, Religious leaders, Ward Auxiliary Police, and villagers consisting of pastoralists, farmers. The workshop employed a participatory learning approach in order to assess the knowledge of Ng’hambi people on climate change and learn the best practices used on climate resilience. At the end of the workshop the community leaders and members not only enhanced their capacity on climate resilience but also created a community action plan to guide climate resilience initiatives in their villages.

Community leaders and members discussing the allocation of resources in their villages to create climate resilience community action plan in Ng’hambi ward.

Community leaders and members discussing the allocation of resources in their villages to create climate resilience community action plan in Ng’hambi ward.

UNA Tanzania is on a quest to create resilient and environment conscious community 💪

UNA TANZANIA LAUNCHED GREEN MONDAYS, GREEN DECISIONS CAMPAIGN

UNA Tanzania kick-started the campaign ‘Green Mondays, Green Decisions’. The main objective of the campaign is to contribute to raising awareness of the climate change agenda and influence people to make green decisions for the sustainability of the planet. The new campaign was launched at Ardhi University in Dar es Salaam, in commemoration of The World Environment Day 2023.

The campaign ‘Green Mondays, Green Decisions’ aims to sensitize people, such as youth, children, women, CSOs, and decision makers to make sustainable decisions for the planet. To be able to make sustainable choices, people need to know the importance of sustainability, and learn what they can do to ensure a sustainable future. The campaign aspires to provide people with clear and relevant information that links their choices to environmental outcomes, such as reducing greenhouse gas emissions, preserving biodiversity, and improving human health.

The launch consisted of a tree planting session, a panel discussion, a quiz to stimulate sensitization and a plenary discussion. The event influenced students to take action towards climate change, broadened their understanding of the importance of making green decisions and experiences on sustainability from individuals with diverse backgrounds was shared.

Speakers consisted of Doctor Nicholas Mwageni; Head of Disaster Risk Management Training Department from Ardhi University, who spoke of creating awareness of sustainability by increasing the number of environmentally-focused courses at the university. Mr. Msololo Onditi; Head of Programs from FORUM CC brought attention to the connection between every individual’s daily habits and climate change, and urged for the need of green initiatives. Ebenezer Mathew, from the 3rd best team in the 2022 Kesho Yetu Climate Hackathon conducted by UNA Tanzania, spoke of the urgency of the climate crisis and the power youth has in making environmental decisions. Happy Malunde, from the 2nd best team in the 2022 Kesho Yetu Climate Hackathon highlighted the link between health and the climate.

Ebenezer Mathew, from the 3rd best team in the 2022 Kesho Yetu Climate Hackathon during panel discussion

At the end of the event, students made pledges  and committment to protect the environment for their benefit and the benefit of the future generations.

“It is my call to every individual out there to participate making a better world, for I believe, together we can explore innovative ways to promote green living and encourage people to make environmentally conscious decisions to create a better tomorrow for our generation, said Herrieth Chuva, a student at the University of Dar es salaam.

Herrieth Chuva during tree planting activity at the launch

 

 

HOW UNA TANZANIA THROUGH THE TANZANIA SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT PLATFORM LED THE 2023 CSOs VNR CONSULTATIONS

For the first time since the inception of 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in 2015, Tanzania reported the progress of SDGs implementation in 2019. This was a landmark milestone in the history of the country in which not so many UN member states had conducted such an important national-led process by that time. Globally, this process is convened under the authority of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and presented at the UN High Level Political Forum (HLPF) annually since 2016.   

Every member state is voluntarily required to report on the progress that it made on the implementation of SDGs from local, regional to national level, involving stakeholders such as the Government, civil society organizations, media, local governments, private sector, UN agencies, development partners, Faith Based Organizations (FBOs), community based organizations (CBOs), etc. The voluntary national reviews (VNRs) aim to facilitate the sharing of experiences, including successes, challenges and lessons learned, with a view of accelerating the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. The VNRs also seek to strengthen policies and institutions of governments and to mobilize multi-stakeholder support and partnerships for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

In Tanzania, this process is coordinated by the Government through the Ministry of Finance and Planning (MoFP). The Ministry of Finance and Planning (MoFP) is the custodian of the national plans and budget which are important tools for the implementation, monitoring and reporting of the Sustainable Development Goals. 

In regard to the principle of inclusivity while preparing the Voluntary National Review, civil society organizations working towards the achievement of fulfilling the SDGs are coordinated through the Tanzania Sustainable Development Platform. which was established in 2015 and is convened by UNA Tanzania and Africa Philanthropic Foundation (APF). The platform operates according to the National Coordination Framework for the Implementation, Monitoring and Reporting of SDGs (NCF-SDGs), which aims at facilitating smooth, efficient and effective coordination of the implementation, monitoring and reporting of the SDGs and other international and regional development commitments.

Tanzania Sustainable Development Platform self-organizes, coordinates and documents CSOs’ contributions towards the implementation, follow up and monitoring of the SDGs. The platform is part of the Africa Civil Society Working Group (AWG). Members of Tanzania National CSOs Platform on Sustainable Development consist of diverse civil society organizations from grassroots organizations to international non-governmental organizations and representing different constituencies seeking to contribute meaningfully towards the implementation and follow-up and review of sustainable development in Tanzania.

In 2019, the Platform conducted national CSOs consultations which led to Tanzania´s first CSOs VNR report and CSOs contribution into the national VNR report. At that time, the national review indicated that of the 17 Goals, the United Republic of Tanzania was doing reasonably well in addressing eight goals (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 16). With commensurate domestic partnerships, efforts and international support, four goals (7, 9, 11, 12) were expected to be achieved by the target year 2030. Five goals (1, 13, 14, 15, 17) were considered to need extra efforts to be achieved. 

In March 2022, Tanzania was accepted by the UN ECOSOC (Economic and Social Council) to submit its second VNR report to the High Level Political Forum in July 2023. The Ministry of Finance and Planning therefore informed the Tanzania Sustainable Development Platform to start the national CSOs VNR consultations.

The 2023 Voluntary National Review marks the second time that Tanzania is reporting the progress of SDGs at the High Level Political Forum (the first time being 2019). This year’s theme is “Accelerating the recovery from COVID-19 and the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at all levels.” All goals will be under review with a special focus on SDG 6 (water and sanitation), 7 (Clean Energy), 9 (Industrialization, Infrastructure and Innovation), 11 (Sustainable Cities), and 17 (Partnership for the Goals). As stated previously, the Ministry of Finance and Planning started the national process by sharing the roadmap for 2023 VNR, in particular the timeframe for stakeholders consultations. There on, The Tanzania Sustainable Development Platform commenced the 2023 national CSOs VNR consultations. 

However, before commencing national consultations, Tanzania Sustainable Development Platform conducted a series of preparatory VNR multi stakeholder workshops aimed at receiving feedback, experiences, and lessons learned on the implementation of SDGs, Analyzing progress, achievements and critical success factors to attain the sustainable development including best practices by CSOs, Discussing challenges and gaps in implementation and any new and emerging issues concerning SDGs implementation in Tanzania. Moreover, through the platform’s consultations, CSOs had an opportunity to identify ways and techniques on how marginalized and vulnerable groups would be involved in the 2023 VNR processes, created a CSOs data collection tool and an improved 2023 CSOs VNR report structure. One of the outcomes was a national CSOs VNR roadmap to lead the process in the country.

“During the last quarter of 2022 until March 2023, the platform started national consultations which have already involved more than 2,720 civil societies,  community based organizations, local groups and faith based organizations from 6 zones of the country at all levels from village, ward, district, region and national level which is a major improvement from the 2019 VNR report where only 500 CSOs were reached. The CSOs involved are working in diverse sectors such as agriculture, water, climate, gender, education, energy, mining, peace, justice, infrastructures, innovation, industrialization, economics development and health” (Reynald Maeda, UNA Tanzania’s Executive Director and co-convener of the platform)

Reynald Maeda presenting a brief of the VNR process during the People Living with Disabilities consultation

During the consultations, thematic leads led sessions for specific goals. For example, Hakielimu led Goal 4 (Quality Education), Forum for Climate Change led Goal 13 (Climate Change), TGNP led Goal 5 (Gender Equality and Women Empowerment), Policy Forum led Goal 17 (Partnership for the Goal), HAKI RASILIMALI led Goal 12 (Sustainable Consumption and Production) and THDRC led Goal 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions) to mention a few.

Since the fundamental principle governing the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development; “Leave no one Behind” calls for inclusiveness in the implementation, monitoring and reporting of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Governments and other stakeholders are obligated to respect this principle by ensuring that marginalized and vulnerable groups such as women, youth, people with disabilities, children  and others are actively engaged towards attaining these global goals.

In ensuring that the principle of ‘Leave No One Behind’ is realized, the Platform organized Leave No One Behind (LNOB) Hearings aimed at amplifying the voices of vulnerable groups in the VNR process in Tanzania. Thematic leads led sessions for specific groups as well. To cite a few, Save The Children led consultations for children, UNESCO Tanzania led consultations for media and UNOHCHR supported consultations for PWDs. This ensured that the VNR process was inclusive, captured their specific needs and that the needs were integrated into the CSOs VNR Report as well as the national VNR report 2023.

The Voluntary National Review Report provides a range of opportunities to stakeholders working toward SDGs implementation, monitoring and reporting. These include CSOs 2023 VNR Shadow Report (which will be used as an advocacy tool), participation in regional and global forums such as Africa Regional Forum on SDGs and High Level Political Forum respectively. These platforms offer Side Events, VNR Labs, Special Events, and Exhibition in which CSOs discuss their progress, challenges, lessons learnt, best practices and experiences on SDGs. Further, VNR is a platform where CSOs can form new partnerships, networks, and alliances necessary for SDGs implementation, monitoring and reporting.

THE AFRICAN YOUTH SUMMIT 2023

Apply for the 2023 African Youth Summit

Global Changemakers is an international youth organization with a mission to support youth to create positive change towards more fair, just and sustainable communities. We do this through skills development, capacity building, mentoring and grants.

The Global Changemakers in collaboration with the ATKV have announced the fully funded 2023 African Youth Summit. The Regional Summit willtakeplace in Cape Town, South Africa from October 17th –20th, 2023.

A life-changing week of skill training, networking, and capacity building with 50 of Africa’s most influential young leaders will be open to changemakers aged 21 to 28 from or residing in Africa who are trying to make a positive impact in their communities. After the summit, they will become a part of a global network of more than 1200 Changemakers and be qualified to apply for grant money to expand and amplify their influence.

Eligibility: Changemakers from or residing in Africa, aged 21 to 28 trying to bring about positive change in their communities are eligible to apply.

Deadline: midnight Central African Time on 10 June 2023

More information and the application form can be found through the following link: https://www.global-changemakers.net/africanyouthsummit

 

 

 

UNA TANZANIA HOSTS THE (EAST) AFRICAN UN YOUTH DELEGATES FOR THE SECOND REGIONAL TRAINING IN DAR ES SALAAM

UNA Tanzania in partnership with CRISP Berlin are implementing The African UN Youth Delegate (AUNYD) Program in Tanzania. The Program is part of a regional movement implemented not only in Tanzania but also in Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, Uganda and South Sudan. The main aim is to increase representation of the youth from the Global South at the United Nations. The project capacitates East African youth and increases their visibility through workshops, skills trainings, and regional meetings. Apart from that the program seeks to enhance the work of UN Associations and organizations in the associated countries. The AUNYD is not an official part of the UN Youth Delegate Program. The UN Youth Delegate Program is driven and owned by UN Member States. Official Youth Delegates are always exclusively selected by UN Member States. The AUNYD we select have a better chance to become national UN Youth Delegates through our training and support.

From 24th to 28th May 2023 UNA Tanzania hosted the (East) African UN Youth Delegates in Dar es salaam, Tanzania for the second regional training. For 5 days the delegates were coached, mentored and received feedback from experts to sharpen their national & regional mandates, foster negotiations, networking, lobbying and advocacy skills as well as attain practical diplomatic skills through diplomatic simulations, all geared up to represent their fellow youth in the UN General Assembly later this year.

Noreen Toroka, Program Officer of the Kigoma Joint program at ILO in Tanzania facilitating a presentation on youth unemployment

The training involved presentations and feedback from experts on the fields of the delegates mandates; Youth Unemployment and Youth Participation. Noreen Toroka, Program Officer of the Kigoma Joint program at ILO in Tanzania facilitated a session on youth unemployment and Tausi Hassan, Program Analyst at UNFPA Tanzania facilitated a session on youth leadership and participation. In addition to that there was a special session on gender maintreaming facilitated by Rashida Shariff, Gender Expert at UNFPA Tanzania. This was especially designed to equip the delegates with the ability to maintstream gender into their mandates in order to adress gender inequalities.

Tausi Hassan, Program Analyst at UNFPA Tanzania facilitating a presentations on youth leadership and participation

Moreover, the delegates participated in simulation games facilitated by Frederick Broers and Jan Lucas, Project Coordinators at CRISP. One of the simulations involved UN Security Council meeting which exposed the delegates on negotiations, resolution creations, along with rules and procedures of the UN meetings. Another simulation game aimed to simulate a high-stake environment with dynamic landscape of stakeholders who possess diverse interests where the delegates interacted with in order to lobby and advocate for their mandates. Through this practical experience the delegates fostered networking, lobbying, advocacy and strategic thinking skills.

The African UN Youth Delegates on a simulation of the UN Security Council

Aside from that, the coordinators from the 6 countries were busy with sessions on project applications, member retention and fundraising strategies in order to create stronger UN Associations and organizations.

Reynald Maeda – UNA Tanzania Executive Director facilitating a session on member retention during coordinators sessions

“The second regional training was full of engaging discussions and fruitful dialogues, we delved into the pressing issue of youth unemployment, gaining valuable insights into the practical measures being implemented on the ground through a constructive dialogue with a representative from the International Labor Organization (ILO) in Tanzania. Additionally, we explored the issue of youth underrepresentation in global spaces gaining insights from a representative of UNFPA Tanzania. The training allowed us to thoroughly examine the challenges and brainstorm solutions. Together, we collectively organized our demands in a hierarchical manner and drew important conclusions” – Ebenezer Mathew, UN Youth Delegate from Tanzania.

Ebenezer Mathew – UN Youth Delegate from Tanzania providing inputs during discussions of the delegates mandates