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Swedish Embassy contributes USD 37 million to UN for development activities

The Swedish Embassy in Tanzania has signed an agreement with the United Nations in Tanzania under which Sweden will donate USD 36 million (approximately Sh80.4 billion) for development activities over the next four years. The agreement was officially signed today by the Ambassador for Sweden to Tanzania, H.E. Katarina Rangnitt and the UN Resident Coordinator, Mr. Alvaro Rodriguez, at the Swedish Embassy in Dar es Salaam. Sweden’s contribution will support the UN’s efforts to promote inclusive economic growth and employment and strengthen democratic governance, human rights and gender equality. The contribution will also support increasing women’s political participation and combating violence against women and children.

Highlighting Sweden’s commitment to Tanzania’s social and economic development, Ambassador Rangnitt stated that Sweden has chosen to support UN activities that reflect the country’s development objectives in the areas of women’s rights, democratic governance and economic growth that will benefit everyone as Tanzania aspires to become a middle-income economy. “By channeling some of our support to Tanzania through the One UN Fund, we join forces to support Tanzania´s development goals. We also strongly recognize and value the UN’s normative role for sustainable development. With this support, we enable actions in line with the Swedish feminist foreign policy as well as efforts for, among other things, decent employment and child rights. This demonstrates a continuation of Sweden’s close relations with both the United Nations and the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania for more equal and inclusive development.” she said.

Reiterating their continued support to Tanzania and the UN, the Ambassador also took the opportunity to reaffirm Sweden’s commitment to the One UN reform and the recognition of coherent approaches as well as the added value that different UN agencies can bring to the table in collaboration with the Tanzanian government, social partners, and civil society.

Speaking after signing the agreement, the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Representative, Mr. Rodriguez, thanked both the government and the people of Sweden for their sustained support noting that Sweden has been a steadfast development partner for One UN activities as well as for Tanzania. “Sweden has been a strong partner of Tanzania and the United Nations for many decades. Focusing on the needs of the most vulnerable, these resources will make an important contribution to addressing the needs of those ‘furthest behind’ as called for in the Global Goals,” he said. “This contribution will help the UN to work across a broad range of issues such as promoting decent employment opportunities for poor Tanzanians, advancing good governance principles and women’s leadership in politics as well as preventing violence against women and children,” he added.