UN Resident Coordinator Dr. Alberic Kacou arriving at the Karimjee Grounds.
.UN calls on fastest reduction of poverty to meet the MDGs
By MOblog Team
UNITED Nations (UN) members states has been told to take on board issues of youth in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as part of the global community efforts to fight against organized crimes such as terrorism and drug trafficking. Moblog can report.
Speaking to invited dignitaries during the commemoration of the 68th anniversary of the United Nations in Dar es Salam at Karimjee grounds, the Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism Hon, Ambassador Khamis Kagasheki said although the MDGs is all about development but unfortunately the inclusion of youth is conspicuously absent in the eight goals.
Brazilian Ambassador to Tanzania, Francisco Luz with Tanzanian Official from Foreign Affairs.
He said that according to the 2012 Population and Housing Census (PHC), the proportion of persons aged 15-35 years has decreased marginally from 35.6 percent in 2002 to 34.7 percent in 2012. The median age of the Tanzania’s population is 18 years.
Ambassador Kagasheki added that Tanzania like many other African countries suffers from youth unemployment rate of 13.4 percent. Youth employees aged between 15 and 24 years comprise only 2.5 percent of total employees in the formal sector showing the low involvement of youths in the formal sector.
“These challenges affect all segments of the population. But young people are the most affected. We are witnessing an increased trend of the youth falling victims of joining terrorists groups, drug cartels and organized crimes which is not healthy to global community welfare,”
Brass Band arriving at Karimjee Grounds.
“Agricultural sector which is the main stay of most Tanzanians employs 81.4 percent. 24 percent of youths aged 15-24 years are employed in manufacturing industry followed by wholesale and retail trade comprising 17.6 percent of total youths in the formal sector. Another important industry in employing youths in Tanzania is the education sector with 15.2 percent of all youths in this sector,’ he said.
He further said that major challenges facing the youth today are lack of access to capital, negative impact of the electronic media and social networks and competitiveness in education. These are current challenges apart from the traditional ones which are drug abuse, crime, violence, sexuality and poverty.
On his part UN Resident Coordinator Alberic Kacou said that globally, this year’s UN Day focuses on the eight UN Millennium Development Goals and the global partnership to achieve those goals.
Guest of Honour Minister for Natural Resource and Tourism Ambassador Khamis Kagasheki accompanied by the United Nation Resident Coordinator Dr. Alberic Kacou. Left is Director of the Department of Multilateral Cooperation in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Celestine Mushy and Right is Chief of Protocol Ambassador Mohammed Maharage Juma.
“In Tanzania we have chosen “The Future We Want” as the week’s theme, focusing more towards the Post 2015 Development Agenda and the role of Youth,”
“As we seek to identify the parameters of the post-2015 development agenda, the magnitude of the task before us will require decisive action and the highest levels of collaboration and we must prove our efforts to be equal to the enormity of the task,” he said
He further said that at the request of the President of the World Bank, members of the UN System Chief Executives Board (CEB) agreed unanimously in November 2012 to use its semi-annual meetings to review and improve their support to MDG progress in countries ahead of the 2015 target date. Tanzania was among the countries selected for the first review.
Kacou underscored that many nations have achieved what could have been considered a dream in 2000 – cutting in half the number of people living in extreme poverty.
Similarly, some progress is made on eliminating gender disparities in school, expanding access to safe drinking water, and improving living conditions for slum dwellers BUT progress on health, sanitation, and primary school completion is still at risk. He lamented.
Above and Below: Guest of Honour Minister for Natural Resource and Tourism Ambassador Khamis Kagasheki introduced to the UN Heads by the United Nation Resident Coordinator Dr. Alberic Kacou
Guest of Honour Minister for Natural Resource and Tourism Ambassador Khamis Kagasheki stand for the National Anthem during the occasion of the 68th Anniversary of the United Nations at Karimjee Grounds.
He noted that UN has been encouraging an unprecedented ‘global conversation’ on the type of world that people want beyond Post 2015, through 11 thematic public consultations and surveys on the themes around— inequalities, health, education, growth and employment, environmental sustainability, governance, conflict and fragility, population dynamics, hunger, food & nutrition security, energy and water.
Kacou said the global conversation initiated by the UN engaged more than 1.3 million people in above 180 UN Member States from August 2012 to March 2013.
The report- ‘A Million Voices: The World We Want’ released by the UN Secretary General in September 2013 captures the voices from all regions and backgrounds – particularly those people that are poor, excluded or marginalized.
Guest of Honour Minister for Natural Resource and Tourism Ambassador Khamis Kagashekiinspect a military parade during the 68th Anniversary of the United Nations Karimjee Grounds.
A prisoner warden raising a Flag of the United Nations to commemorate the 68th Anniversary of the UN at Karimjee Grounds in Dar es Salaam.
High Table: From Left is United Nation Resident Coordinator Dr. Alberic Kacou, Guest of Honour Minister for Natural Resource and Tourism Ambassador Khamis Kagasheki , Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, Amb. Juma Alfani Mpango and Member from TPDF.
Above and Below are Religious Leaders.
The Guest of Honour the Minister for Tourism and Natural Resources, Hon Ambassador Khamis Kagasheki speaks during the climax of the UN 68th Anniversary at Karimjee Grounds in Dar es Salaam.
Some of the UN Heads listening attentively to the Guest of Honour (not in picture).
UN Resident Coordinator in Tanzania Dr. Alberic Kacou gives inaugural speech during the official Flag raising ceremony to mark 68th Anniversary of the United Nations at Karimjee Grounds in Dar es Salaam.
Excellencies Ambassadors, High Commissioners and Heads of International Development Co-operations and Members of the Military Forces.
United Nations Association (UNA) Secretary General Nancy Kaizilege speaks during the official flag raising ceremony on UN day at Karimjee Hall. she said the work of the United Nations Association of Tanzania has also evolved with the times and into its next era, new and creative methods of outreach, innovative tools for engagement and enhanced synergies in processes that further human rights, peace and security specifically in the Great Lakes, health, energy and climate change; and increased civic engagement in the MDGs and the Post 2015 process are at the forefront of their priorities.
Guest of Honour Minister for Natural Resource and Tourism Ambassador Khamis Kagasheki in a discussion with the United Nation Resident Coordinator Dr. Alberic Kacou.
Invited Guests and some of UN Staff.
UN Staff from different agencies.
Guest of Honour Minister for Natural Resource and Tourism Ambassador Khamis Kagasheki cuts a ribbon to officiate UN Pavilion at Karimjee Grounds. Left is the United Nation Resident Coordinator Dr. Alberic Kacou.
Pavilion is Official Kicks Off.
Guest of Honour Minister for Natural Resource and Tourism Ambassador Khamis Kagasheki visits one of UN Pavilion.
Advisor for Communication and Information at UNESCO Yusuph Al Amin elaborate a point about Community Radios and How is championing on Democratic process ahead of 2015 general election to the Guest of Honour Minister for Natural Resource and Tourism Ambassador Khamis Kagasheki.
UNIC Information Officer Usia Nkhoma Ledama explains a point to the Minister for Natural Resource and Tourism Ambassador Khamis Kagasheki on how the UN is empowering Youth in Tanzania.
UN Communications Analyst Hoyce Temu chat with the Minister.
UN Operations Adviser , Mr George Otoo shares a light moment with his colleagues.
Director of the Department of Multilateral Cooperation in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Celestine Mushy chat with United Nation Resident Coordinator Dr. Alberic Kacou