100th Anniversary of International Labour Organization: Taking ILO to the people

Join ILO, the specialised UN agency for the world of work, to celebrate its 100th anniversary throughout 2019. The ILO was founded in 1919 on the belief that social justice is essential to universal and lasting peace. This centenary will offer an opportunity not only to look back and celebrate the ILO’s history and achievements but also to look forward to its future #ILO100

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’s Message on New Year, 1 January 2019

Dear fellow citizens of the world,

I wish you a happy, peaceful and prosperous new year.

Last New Year, I issued a red alert, and the dangers I mentioned still persist. These are anxious times for many, and our world is undergoing a stress test.

Climate change is running faster than we are.

Geo-political divisions are deepening, making conflicts more difficult to resolve.

And record numbers of people are moving in search of safety and protection.

Inequality is growing. And people are questioning a world in which a handful of people hold the same wealth as half of humanity.

Intolerance is on the rise.

Trust is on the decline.

But there are also reasons for hope.

The talks on Yemen have created a chance for peace.

The agreement signed in Riyadh in September between Ethiopia and Eritrea has eased long-running tensions and brought improved prospects to an entire region.

And the agreement between the parties to the conflict in South Sudan has revitalized chances for peace, bringing more progress in the past four months than in the previous four years.

The United Nations was able to bring countries together in Katowice to approve the Work Programme for the implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change.

Now we need to increase ambition to beat this existential threat.

It’s time to seize our last best chance.

It’s time to stop uncontrolled and spiraling climate change.

In recent weeks, the United Nations also oversaw landmark global agreements on migration and refugees, that will help to save lives and overcome damaging myths.

And everywhere, people are mobilizing behind the Sustainable Development Goals – our global blueprint for peace, justice and prosperity on a healthy planet.

When international cooperation works, the world wins.

In 2019, the United Nations will continue to bring people together to build bridges and create space for solutions.

We will keep up the pressure.

And we will never give up.

As we begin this New Year, let’s resolve to confront threats, defend human dignity and build a better future — together.

I wish you and your families a peaceful and healthy New Year.

STATEMENT ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL ON THE ELECTIONS IN BANGLADESH

The Secretary-General in the run-up to the 30 December general elections in Bangladesh calls on all stakeholders to ensure an environment free of violence, intimidation and coercion before, during and after the elections, so as to enable a peaceful, credible and inclusive poll.

All Bangladeshi citizens, including minorities and women, must feel safe and confident in exercising their right to vote. Civil society and electoral observers should be fully supported to play their role in the process.

The Secretary-General reiterates the continued commitment of the United Nations to support a peaceful and democratic Bangladesh.

Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General

New York, 27 December 2018

70th Anniversary of UDHR: Human Rights Day Celebration – Short Film Festival, Discussion and Drama

Dhaka, 9 December 2018: To mark the Human Rights Day and 70th Anniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the United Nations in Bangladesh in association with Dhaka University Film Society (DUFS), with support from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the German government, organized a two-day long “Human Rights Short Film Festival 2018” from 8 to 9 December 2018 at Bangladesh Shishu Academy Auditorium, Dhaka. The theme of the festival is “Finding Bangladesh and South Asia in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 70 years later”.

On 9 December 2018, H.E. Mr. Peter Fahrenholtz, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in Bangladesh, Ms. Mia Seppo, the UN Resident Coordinator in Bangladesh, and Mr. Mostafa Sarwar Farooki, Film maker, Mr. Sanjeeb Drong, Representative of Bangladesh Human Rights Forum, Mr. Aung Rakhine, Film maker, and Rashedul Hafiz, Lifetime Member, Dhaka University Film Society (DUFS) graced the closing and the award giving ceremony of the film festival. They also joined a panel discussion on “Promoting and protecting human rights through film and other media – celebrating the 70th anniversary of the UDHR” with. The discussion was moderated by Mr. Abdul Quayum, Associate Editor, Prothom Alo.  Continue reading

UN Serceretary-General’s Message on Human Rights Day 10 December 2018

For 70 years, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights has been a global beacon – shining a light for dignity, equality and well-being … and bringing hope to dark places.

The rights proclaimed in the Declaration apply to everyone — no matter our race, belief, location or other distinction of any kind.

Human rights are universal and eternal.

They are also indivisible. One cannot pick and choose among civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights.

Today we also honour the human rights defenders risking their lives to protect people in the face of rising hatred, racism, intolerance and repression.

Indeed, human rights are under siege around the world.

Universal values are being eroded. The rule of law is being undermined.

Now more than ever, our shared duty is clear:

Let us stand up for human rights — for everyone, everywhere.

16 Days Activism in Bangladesh: #Hear Me Too

Dhaka, Tuesday 27 November 2018: 16 Days Activism Against Gender-Based Violence 2018, UN Bangladesh organized a day-long events at UN Office premises at IDB Bhaban on 27 November 2018.

The events include oath taking of UN staff members led by UNRC, flying balloons, experience sharing by champions, photo session, street drama  #HereMeToo. Mia Seppo, UNRC in Bangladesh opened the session when a number UN heads of agencies and UN staff members were present. The events were facilitated by UN Gender Thematic Group (GETG) and the UN Communication and Advocacy Group (UNCAG).

Message of Mia Seppo, the UN Resident Coordinator in Bangladesh on United Nations Day 2018

It is my honor to celebrate the UN Day in Bangladesh, a country with an interesting development story to share with the world.

During MDG era, Bangladesh was among the frontrunners in bringing girls to school and achieving gender parity in both primary and secondary education, through specific public interventions focusing on girls.

Bangladesh was the first country to frame a progressive Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan in 2009 and subsequently followed the spirit of the Sendai Framework to develop national and local level disaster risk reduction plans.

In its journey as a nation, the UN has been Bangladesh’s proud and trusted partner.

In the global arena, Bangladesh continues to substantively contribute to the peace and development agenda as one of the largest contributors to UN Peacekeeping troops; a lead proponent of the Global Compact for Migration; and by taking proactive roles in G77 and executive boards of UN funds and programmes. Continue reading

MESSAGE OF SECRETARY-GENERAL ANTONIO GUTERRES FOR UN DAY, 24 OCTOBER 2018

It gives me great pleasure to wish the people and Government of Bangladesh, and all United Nations staff working hand-in-hand with their Bangladeshi counterparts, a very happy United Nations Day.

United Nations Day marks the birthday of our founding Charter – the landmark document that embodies the hopes, dreams and aspirations of “we the peoples”.

Every day, the women and men of the United Nations work to give practical meaning to that Charter.

Despite the odds and the obstacles, we never give up.

Extreme poverty is being reduced but we see inequality growing.

Yet we don’t give up because we know by reducing inequality we increase hope and opportunity and peace around the world.

Climate change is moving faster than we are, but we don’t give up because we know that climate action is the only path.

Human rights are being violated in so many places. But we don’t give up because we know respect for human rights and human dignity is a basic condition for peace.

Conflicts are multiplying – people are suffering. But we don’t give up because we know every man, woman and child deserves a life of peace.

Bangladesh continues to make important contributions to our work, notably as a leading contributor of troops to United Nations peacekeeping and in opening the country’s borders to provide shelter and life-saving assistance to more than one million Rohingya refugees at their time of dire need.

On United Nations Day, let us reaffirm our commitment.
To repair broken trust.
To heal our planet.
To leave no one behind.
To uphold dignity for one and all, as united nations.

UN Day Celebration: Rally, Panel Discussion, Quiz and Art Contest

Dhaka, 23 October 2018: In observance of UN Day, UNIC Dhaka jointly with Dhakabasi Organization and National Federation of Youth Organizations of Bangladesh organized a panel discussion, quiz contest, art contest and rally at Central Public Library auditorium/premises. Prof Dr Muhammad Samad, Pro-Vice Chancellor of University of Dhaka opened the art contest as chief guest. The events were focused on Sustainable Development Goals in Bangladesh. The speakers including chief guest, president of Dhakabashi organization, local community leaders and UNIC National Information Officer spoke on role of young people to implement SDGs in Bangladesh. The school students took part in the events and prizes were awarded among the winners of art and quiz contests. A rally was organized with the participation of students.