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When: Friday 25th July, 2014
Time: 07:30am to 09:30am
Where: British Council Dar es Salaam

Drugs fellowship for senior journalists kicks off in Dar es Salaam

Dar es Salaam July 24, 2014 The UN Information Center in Dar es Salaam along with the Tanzania Media Fund and the Governments’ Drugs Control Commission have started a two week drugs training for 9 senior journalists in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

The training is set to provide skills for the senior journalists to report on. Participants at the two week fellowship training will learn about the drugs situation in the country, trafficking and usage of drugs, existing legislation, treatment and sensitization initiatives. The pressmen and women will also hear experiences of formed drug users.
UNIC Dar es Salaam staff were inspired to start the fellowship after conducting several educational outreach activities in which it was realized that many youths were using drugs and there was little or no awareness in some areas. UNIC also found young female drug users who had lost hope. The dire situation of arresting and trying drug dragons and traffickers was very low and in many cases journalists did not always pursue drugs related cases.

In partnership with the Drugs control commission and UNODC, the fellowship was conceptualized and eventually supported through the Tanzania Media Fund. The expectation is that more youth will be aware of the problem and effective legislation will be in place to help prevent further increase in drug trafficking.

World Drug Report 2014 (UNODC)

July 24, 2014 The UN Office on Drugs and Crime has released a new report available at this page: report indicated that drug use prevalence is stable around the world, according to the 2014 World Drug Report of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), with around 243 million individuals, or 5 per cent of the world’s population aged 15-64, having used an illicit drug in 2012. Problem drug users meanwhile numbered about 27 million, roughly 0.6 per cent of the world’s adult population, or 1 in every 200 people.

Nelson Mandela International Day marked in Tanzania

Dar es Salaam 18 2014 The South African High Commission in partnership with the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) led representatives from government, South African diaspora, academic institutions and the general public in marking the Nelson Mandela International day by engaging in community service at the Sinza Special needs school in Kijitonyama area in Dar es Salaam on the 18th of July, 2014.

The theme for this year’s commemoration was “Inspire change. Take Action” In marking the day, Mandela foundation called for individuals around the world to donate 67 minutes of time to change the world for the better. This is one minute of public service for every year that Mr. Mandela had devoted to serve humanity – as a human rights lawyer, a prisoner of conscience, an international peacemaker and president of South Africa.

Mandela Day-cutting grass
Picture by Gabriel Mihambo of FAO

At this event, Members of the diplomatic community, government representatives, the South African diaspora and business community, the media and members of the public undertook various activities including cleaning clogged trenches, toilets, painting walls, cleaning the floors, pruning weeds and cutting grass around the school in 67 minutes.

The United Nations was represented by the UHNCR Representative, Ms. Joyce Meds-Cole. The UNHCR Representative read the Statement of the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon which stated in part; “Nelson Mandela’s presence in the General Assembly Hall proved that United Nations resolutions, sanctions and solidarity can win over violence and injustice. His extraordinary compassion after 27 years in prison showed that human rights and equality are stronger than discrimination and hate. On that day in 1990, he said people would always be challenged by the fact that, quote, “it took as long as it has before all of us stood up to say enough is enough.” The room burst into applause.”

UNHCR Rep reading SG statement
Picture by Gabriel Mihambo of FAO

Nelson Mandela International Day is also intended to encourage people to dedicate their service to values that will improve our world and support the development of children.

Prior to this day, The South African High Commission and the UN Information Center(UNIC) conducted an educational outreach to Kijitonyama primary school and conducted media outreach programmes on various local TV and radio channels and in newspapers. UNIC’s intern also shared key quotes and answers to questions of the legendary Nelson Mandela on their social media pages.

This was the first day to be commemorated after the death of Nelson Mandela. South Africa’s first black president and the father of the African continent who put an end to apartheid.

18th of July was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in December 2009 to be Nelson Mandela International Day. It marks an opportunity to recognize Nelson Mandela’s dedication to the service of humanity across many fields including conflict resolution, racial relations, promotion and protection of human rights, reconciliation, gender equality and his contribution to the struggle for democracy both in South Africa and internationally.

Press conference to launch protect your Goal campaign

Dar es Salaam 4th June, 2014. The Youth of United Nations Association of Tanzania (YUNA) in partnership with the United Nations in Tanzania will tomorrow hold a press conference at UNFPA from 1000 a.m to kickoff of the ‘Protect your Goal’ Campaign in Tanzania.

“Protect your Goal’’ is a UNAIDS global initiative to raise HIV awareness worldwide through the use of sports and the music industry. The campaign aims to raise awareness of HIV and to mobilize young people to commit to HIV Prevention (Use of Condom, HIV Testing, and in reducing the number of sexual partners).
The media is hereby welcomed.

Tanzania observes International Day of UN Peacekeepers

Dar es Salaam 29 May 2014, The Tanzania peoples’ Defense Forces, Tanzania Police Force and the UN Information Center in Dar es Salaam commemorated the International Day of UN Peacekeepers on Thursday the 29th of May at the Mnazi Mmoja Heroes Grounds in Dar es Salaam in a solemn wreath laying ceremony.
The theme for this years’ commemoration was, “United Nations Peacekeeping: A Force for Peace. A Force for Change. A Force for the Future.” As the world is confronted with new challenges, UN peacekeeping is evolving to meet them, helping more people than ever through some of the most destructive conflicts.

GoH preparing to lay wreaths in memory of fallen peacekeeepers day
Hon. Dr. Hussein Mwinyi, Minister of Defense and National Service in a medal parade to honor fallen peacekeepers.

The Guest of Honor was the Honorable Minister of Defense and National Service, Dr. Hussein Mwinyi. He led in the laying of wreaths to honor the fallen peacekeepers. Also present at the event was the Acting Resident Coordinator of the United Nations and the Unicef Representative in Tanzania-Dr. Jama Gulaid, The Representative from the Tanzania Peoples’Defense ForcesTPDF, General Officer Commanding, Major General Hassan Vuai Chema, the Deputy Police Commissioner and Chief of Special Operations, DCP Simon Sirro, defense Attaches and members of the diplomatic corps.
This year’s event was particularly important to Tanzania because it lost 10 peacekeepers last year which was a high number compared to the 122 troop contributing countries. The fallen peacekeepers including ; Corporal Oswald Paul Chaula, Lieutenant, Rajabu Ahmed Mlima, Lieutenant Rajabu Ahmed, Corporal Mohamed C. Mpandana, Khatibu Shaaban Mshindo,Photunatus Wilbard Msofe, Barnabas Munga,Rodney Gido Ndungur,Sergeant, Shaibu Shehe Othuman and Private, Peter Muhiri Werema were awarded the Dag Hammerskjold medal posthumously in New York by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon.

Guest of Honor congratulates Peacekeepers
Guest of Honor, Dr. Hussein Mwinyi congratulates UN Peacekeepers for their professional contribution to global peace during UN Peacekeepers Day on may 29
Last year also marked Tanzania’s deployment of the Force Intervention Brigade which joined the UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo and it helped the Government defeat the M23 rebels who had a record of terrorizing civilians in Eastern DRC.
Speaking at the event, The Guest of Honor Dr. Mwinyi said, “Tanzania is proud to be among the Troop Contributing Countries (TCC). I am glad to inform you that, we have to-date contributed about 2, 259 peacekeepers in Darfur (UNAMID); Lebanon (UNFIL), Abyei (UNISFA), South Sudan (UNMISS) as well as in DRC (MONUSCO). We will not hesitate to contribute more where possible, to ensure continuity of this noble duty.”
He reaffirmed that, “The Government of Tanzania will continue to render its support in fulfilling this noble cause of the peacekeepers.”

Dr. Jama Gulaid giving SG Statement
Dr. Jama Gulaid addressing peacekeepers.

On his part, The Acting UN Resident Coordinator, Dr Jama read a statement on behalf of the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon in which he said in part, “United Nations Peacekeeping is modernizing to ensure that it can tackle tomorrow’s peace and security challenges. It is developing new technologies such as unarmed, unmanned and aerial vehicles, refining its practices to better protect civilians, and boosting the representation of women among its ranks while strengthening its partnership with regional organizations”
Prior to leaving the venue, former UN peacekeepers were congratulated for their good work and for having been awarded the Dag Hammarskjöld medal.

Tanzania Female police network members sing at the event
Tanzanian female police network members entertain the crowd.

The Tanzania police women female network along with a young artiste named Zainab Abdallah sung and recited poems to honor UN Peacekeepers. Prior to the event, a week-long media campaign was pursued by several media houses whereby three Brigadier General’s represented TPDF and three Assistant Superintends of Police represented the Tanzania police force. The UN Information Center information officers also participated in the media discussion programmes.
The International Day of UN peacekeepers was authorized by the UN General Assembly Resolution 57/129 in 2002. The day is marked on 29th May each year to pay tribute to “all men and women who have served and continue to serve in United Nations Peacekeeping operations for their high level of professionalism, dedication and courage and to honor the memory of those who have lost their lives n the cause of peace.

Puberty Education and Menstrual Hygiene Management: An Education Sector Responsibility

Puberty is a time of change for all young people, but it is particularly challenging for girls who are often unprepared for changes in their body, which can become a major obstacle to their education. In some parts of the world, two out of three girls reported having no idea of what was happening to them when they began menstruating.

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UNICEF: Justice still out of reach for millions of children

GENEVA, 13 March 2014 — Millions of children across the globe have their rights violated, but only a few are able to seek recourse to improve their situation in a timely, fair and effective way, UNICEF said today.

Violations include children being denied their right to quality health care and education and their right to protection from abuse, violence and exploitation – sometimes perpetrated by those closest to them.   Without access to justice, children cannot take their rightful place in society.

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From the Ashes of War, Seeds of Peace Ban Ki-moon

What was once the biggest United Nations peacekeeping operation in the world winds down this month, and the most extraordinary part of this historic development is that international troops are not the only ones departing the country – nationals from the once war-ravaged nation are donning blue helmets as they deploy to serve with the UN in other troubled parts of the world.

 Sierra Leone used to be synonymous with brutality. The savage, decade-long war there was marked by appalling atrocities against civilians. Continue reading