Over 200 youth to convene in Arusha for the 23rd TIMUN 2020

25Sep 2020
Getrude Mbago
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Over 200 youth to convene in Arusha for the 23rd TIMUN 2020

OVER 200 youth from in and outside the country are expected to meet in Arusha at the 23rd Tanzania International Model United Nations (TIMUN) 2020 to discuss various issues affecting the group and their contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

To be conducted in Arusha from September 29 to October 2, this year, the four-day event is organised by the Youth of United Nations Association (YUNA) of Tanzania with support from the United Nations. It is themed: “Youth Roles in Creating The Future We Want”.

Briefing journalists in Dar es Salaam yesterday, UN national information officer Didi Nafisa said the United Nations will continue supporting the youth to enable them contribute in the implementation of SDGs.

She said that the Tanzania International Model United Nations is a simulation of the United Nations General Assembly in Tanzania, where young people from all over the world and from different backgrounds get an opportunity to practice their diplomatic and leadership skills through debates and discussions governed by the United Nations rules and procedures.

Nafisa pointed out the importance of youth’s participation in development issues in Tanzania where youth comprise over 60 percent of the population.

“Young people are doing a lot in the public. It is important for them to be informed and also to be involved in the implementation of sustainable development goals especially now where the most focus is the result. The attendees will also get time to air their views concerning various issues of development through an online survey launched by the UN. ”

Philemon Mweleka, event coordinator said: “I am very pleased to see many participants of this year’s event despite various challenges we are facing including Covid-19.  I am grateful to the United Nations organisations in Tanzania for facilitating the youth forum to exchange ideas on the implementation of a sustainable development agenda by 2030. At the meeting the youth will have the opportunity to change their ideas and express their hopes. ”

He said that this year’s meeting will focus more on four thematic areas which are youth involvement in the circular economy paradigm, civic engagement, youth skills for decent work and employment as well as youth role in advocating Gender Based Violence (GBV) and Sexual Reproductive Health.

For her part, Godfrida Magubo, communications and advocacy officer at the United Nations Association of Tanzania (UNA Tanzania) said the series of TIMUN’s events have been bringing young people closer to the United Nations and increase the ability of young people to discuss issues affecting the world and get the opportunity to provide solutions to the implementation of SDGs.

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