Joint Press release

The Norwegian Embassy tops up its donation to One UN Tanzania to USD 5.1 million Focus Areas: Goal 2 – Zero Hunger & Goal 5- Gender Equality

06 December 2017, Dar es Salaam

The Norwegian Embassy has today signed an agreement with One UN Tanzania which has added about 5.1 million USD to the UNDAP II agreement. Norway’s total contribution to UNDAP II is about 10.5 million USD.

The agreement was officially signed at the Norwegian Embassy in Dar es Salaam in a ceremony between the Ambassador of Norway, H.E. Hanne-Marie Kaarstad and UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Mr. Alvaro Rodriguez.

The additional support will be given towards agriculture in the Kigoma Joint Programme, as well expanding the support to the UN for implementing the Tanzanian Government’s National Action Plan to combat violence against women and children.

Speaking during the signing ceremony, Norwegian Ambassador in Tanzania, H. E Hanne-Marie Kaarstad, saluted the efforts by the government of Tanzania to accommodate approximately 340,000 refugees in the Kigoma Region. “The Government of Tanzania has requested support from development partners to bring benefits to the host communities and provide results that go beyond the immediate humanitarian needs. Norway’s funding for the UN Joint Kigoma Program is our response to that request.”

Ambassador Kaarstad also highlighted that Norway is a long-term global supporter of women’s rights. Norway’s support to UNDAP II has so far empowered women through entrepreneurship training, as well as contributed to efforts to end violence against women and children. Ambassador Kaarstad underlined Norway’s support to the UN: “We believe having the UN delivering as one will enable the UN to increase its impact on the ground for the benefit of all Tanzanians”.

Mr. Rodriguez thanked both the government and the people of the Kingdom of Norway for their sustained support noting that Norway has been a steadfast development partner for One UN activities as well as for Tanzania. “Norway has been a strong partner of Tanzania and the United Nations for many decades. Focusing on the needs of vulnerable women and children, these resources will make an important contribution to address the needs of those ‘furthest behind’ as called for in the Global Goals. Additionally, Mr. Rodriguez expressed that One UN Tanzania is eager to further strengthen its partnership with Norway in the coming years in order to assist Tanzanian men, women and children reach their full potential.

Norway’s contribution will be channeled through the Tanzania One Fund, which is a fund established for UN agencies in the country to help implement the United Nations Development Assistance Plan 2016-2021 (UNDAP II).

Note to Editors: Last year Norway had donated approximately USD 4.8 million (equivalent to TSh10.6 billion). The additional donation tops up on the previous donation with an additional approximately USD 5.1 million (equivalent to TSh11.4 billion).

Norway and One UN Tanzania have enjoyed a sustained period of partnership which has seen the former having contributed over USD 16 million to the One Fund during its previous programme cycle – UNDAP I (2011-2016). Norway’s latest donation will support One UN Tanzania in its recently launched current programme cycle, UNDAP II (2016-2021).

For more information, please contact:
Victor Mlunde Programme Officer Governance and Political Affairs
Royal Norwegian Embassy, Dar Es Salaam
Mobile: +255 782 777013/ +255 714 289428
Office: +255 222 163 100 www.norway.go.tz – Facebook

Hoyce Temu
Communications Specialist
Resident Coordinator’s Office, UN Tanzania
Mobile: +255 682262627
Website:    http://tz.one.org
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/UNTanzania
Twitter:    @United NationsTZ , @Alvaro_UNTZ

The speech held by H.E. Mrs. Hanne-Marie Kaarstad can be found here.