TANZANIA’s participation in the recently concluded 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 77) was a success as the country managed to use the opportunity to strengthen ties with other member states.
Tanzania’s Permanent Representative and Ambassador to United Nations, Professor Kennedy Gaston said this on Wednesday when highlighting achievements the country made during the assembly which was held in New York from September 18-26.
According to Prof Gaston, the Vice-President, Dr Philip Mpango, who represented President Samia Suluhu Hassan, presented Tanzania’s opinions and recommendations to the UNGA 77, which is policy-making organ of the United Nations.
He told reporters at a virtual meeting that Tanzania was at a forefront to offer solutions to the meeting themed ‘A watershed moment: transformative solutions to interlocking challenges,’ which focused on world crises such as Covid-19, climate change and conflicts.
He said Tanzanian delegates led by Dr Mpango participated in several high-level meetings including the Transforming Education Summit, Sustainable Development Goals Moments, 30th Anniversary of the Minority Rights and International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.
The Ambassador added that the UN has a positive perception towards Tanzania and considers the country as an Island of peace, committing to promoting peace in the world.
“Tanzania participates in five peace-keeping missions out of the total 16 peacekeeping missions of the United Nations,” he explained.
During the meeting Dr Mpango reaffirmed commitment by the government of Tanzania in putting emphasis on transformative education system since the sector is among important components towards attaining Development Agenda 2030.
On the other hand, the VP reminded delegates at the summit on the need to strive for mobilization of ambitions, actions and solutions to transform the education sector.
Moreover, the VP on behalf of the government committed to contribute one million US dollars (about 2.3bn/-) to support the Global Fund, while also calling upon other nations to fulfill their obligations in beefing up the fund to support the fight against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
The Global Fund secured 14.25 billion US dollars in crucial new funding, after decades of progress against the diseases were derailed by the Covid-19 pandemic.