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#Act4SDGs week kicks off

The Global Week to Act for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) or #Act4SDGs week kicked off this month from 20th- 30th September 2019 where we here at UNA marked it in Dodoma. Sustainable Development Goals as promised by all nations in 2015 were to be achieved by 2030 aim at creating a future of peace and prosperity on a thriving planet. We here at UNA continue to do our best ensure that we spread awareness on the SDGs and encourage active participation on a community level.

The Global Week to Act for SDGs is an annual call to action for individuals and organizations across the world to accelerate action for the Sustainable Development Goals. The Global Week to Act for SDGs rallies public support for the Sustainable Development Goals throughout the world while world leaders are meeting at the UN Headquarters for five milestones UN Summits: the Climate Action Summit, the UN High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage, the first-ever SDG Summit after the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the High-Level Dialogue on Financing for Development and the SAMOA Path-way Midterm Review. This was the largest Global Week to Act4SDGs ever to drive action in solidarity with citizens across the globe including youth groups through Fridays for Future and youth-led global climate strikes, and civil society organizations through the #StandTogetherNow campaign.

Universal Access to Information Day Commemorations

UNA Tanzania organized a Knowledge building session on Why Access matters across the SDGs during the National commemoration of the Access to Information Day which was held at the Morogoro Hotel – Morogoro on the 28th September 2019.  The Knowledge building session was moderated by UNA Tanzania Secretary-General – Reynald Maeda

This is part of our efforts to get Journalists on board as SDGs champions for the Marginalized voices #RightToKnow. #RightToKnow is a program that allows all citizens access to information that affects their lives. “Information is part of Rule of Law, and democracy, governments should guarantee access to information for citizens to be able to make informed decisions and participate in the democratic process” Amb. Hon. Dr. Augustino Mahiga #RightToKnow #AsiachweMtu #AccessToInfoDay “Access to Information is both a right and a responsibility. We have a responsibility to give accurate information” #RightYaWrong #accesstoinfoday #asiachwemtu #SDGs

74th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 74)

The UN General Assembly is one of the six principal organs of the United Nations (UN) in which all 193 member states have equal representation. It is the main deliberative, policy-making, and representative organ of the UN. This year, the 74th Session of the General Assembly kicked off opened on 17 September 2019 with the first day of the high-level General Debate being 24 September 2019.   The assembly had a host of high-level events which also convened including a Climate Summit hosted by the UN Secretary-General, UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), a high-level dialogue on financing for development (FfD), as well as a high-level meeting on the elimination of nuclear weapons.

We, here at UNA Tanzania, look forward to these meetings baring positive feedback which will impact our lives positively.

UN Climate Summit 

‘You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words,’ climate activist Greta Thunberg harshly criticized world leaders at the 2019 UN climate action summit.

Without a doubt, this was the highlight of this summit. In her emotionally charged speech, she accused world leaders of ignoring the science behind the climate crisis, saying: ‘We are in the beginning of a mass extinction and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth – how dare you!’.

Ms. Thunberg has since received lots of criticism from conservative media personalities, elected officials, and climate change sceptics after delivering her speech. These critics have taken various approaches in countering Thunberg – some more reasonable than others.

However, a majority of these criticisms do not address her main argument, “The IPCC has found that in about 11 years the earth will face a number of “tipping points” that threaten to destabilize not only ecosystems around the world, but also the safety and infrastructure for millions of people, and that the global community ought to act on this information now”. We, here at UNA Tanzania believe in climate change and support Ms. Thunberg in her fight for immediate climate action through participating in events like the Beach Clean-Up on World Clean Up day.

UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF)

The High-Level Political Forum is the main United Nations platform for sustainable development. It has a key role in following up and reviewing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the global scale. The Forum takes place every year under the supervision of the  Economic and Social Council for eight days, includes a three-day ministerial segment and every four years at the level of Heads of State and Government under the supervision of the General  Assembly for two days.

This year, the United Republic of Tanzania became one of the forty-seven (47) countries that participated in this forum. The country is committed to achieving high quality, sustainable human development for its citizens through developing strong nation-wide partnership and commitment towards implementing, monitoring, tracking and reporting of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), backed up by a strong political will, collective ownership, integrated planning, and supportive legal frameworks. During the meeting, it was recognized that the global goals were integrated into the mainland’s National Five-Year Development Plan 2016/17 – 2020/21 and Zanzibar’s Strategy for Growth and Reduction of Poverty 2016 – 2020. Both national medium-term plans adhere to all 3 dimensions of sustainable development: economic, social and environmental.

During the meeting, it was discovered that the country was doing relatively well in goals 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10 and 16. Goals 7, 9, 11 and 12 are likely to be achieved with stepped up efforts, and the remaining goals 2, 13, 14, 15 and 17 will need significant local efforts, as well as, international support to achieve.

High-level meeting on the elimination of nuclear weapons

The UN General Assembly held a high-level event to commemorate and promote the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, on 26 September 2019, per resolution 72/251. This event took place during the first week of the 74th session of the UNGA.  Some 2000 nuclear tests have been conducted since 1945, with devastating consequences for people and for our planet. The effects – on lives and livelihoods; on human health, including that of unborn children; on soil and groundwater; on animals, birds and marine life; on the atmosphere – reverberate across generations, with profound impacts on all aspects of sustainable development.

María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés – President Of The General Assembly said that, as we commemorated the International Day against Nuclear Tests today, she urged all States that have not done so to sign and ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty. She also appealed to the international community to make progress on our shared vision of a world free of nuclear weapons – set out in the very first resolution of the UN General Assembly. This is the best way to honour the victims of past tests and to ensure no more join their ranks in the future.

The National Youth CSOs Election Consortium Formed

On the 18th September, the National Youth CSOs Election Consortium was formed as a result of consultations between 50 youth-led and youth-serving organizations and youth networks from Mainland Tanzania and Zanzibar representing National and grassroots youth organizations.  The National youth CSOs Elections Consortium is guided by the principle of inclusion by having National Youth CSOs, regional youth networks and grassroots youth organizations as part of the consortium, the Tanzania Higher Learning Institutions Students Organization (TAHLISO) is the mobilizing partner for youth and students in higher learning institutions, colleges, and universities.

The five main areas that will be given priority are Education, Health (including sexual reproductive health and rights), Economic empowerment & inclusion and youth participation in decision-making processes.

One of the key outcomes of the consortium is the development of the Tanzania Youth Manifesto 2019, which has already started by identifying key priority areas for youth in Tanzania  The Consortium  Secretariat is co-led by Tanzania Youth Vision Association (TYVA),  United Nations  Association of Tanzania (UNA), Mulika Tanzania, Youth of the United  Nations Association of Tanzania  (YUNA), African Youth and Adolescents Network (AfriYan  Tanzania) and Peace Life for People with Disability Foundation(PLPDF). The Consortium will continue collaborating closely with the National Election Commission (NEC) and Ministry responsible for youth and other stakeholders to ensure that the youth agenda is at the forefront of the coming elections.

UNA Tanzania & Nipe Fagio Join Forces for the Community

UNA Tanzania joined forces with the NGO, Nipe Fagio, for a Beach Clean-up event on 21 September 2019 which is International World Clean-Up Day.

This event was part of the events which marked the kickoff of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Action Week #Act4SDGs. World Cleanup Day is a global social action program aimed at combating the global solid waste problem, including the problem of marine debris.

The next World Clean-up Day is the 19 September 2020. World Clean-up Day is celebrated with litter clean-up and waste mapping activities spanning every time zone.

Nipe Fagio, an NGO, meaning “give me a broom” in Swahili, is a civil society organization founded with the objective to turn Dar es Salaam into a replicable example in the pursuit of sustainable development in East Africa.

UNA Tanzania launches SDGs club in collaboration with Media Space

UNA Tanzania in collaboration with Media Space Tanzania launched the SDGs Club for Journalists and Storytelling. The objective of the club is to bring journalists and storytellers in Tanzania at the forefront of telling the SDGs stories from the lens of the people. The club will provide mentorship and capacity building to both young and experienced journalists in Tanzania as well as connecting the members with SDGs related opportunities for journalists. In line with the leave no one behind theme of the SDGs, we hope to inspire journalists to start telling people stories about the SDGs.