Commemoration of 20th Anniversary of Remembrance of the Victims of the Rwanda Genocide: Seminar, Poetry Recitation, Drama, Candle lighting and Poster Exhibition, 7 April 2014

genocideDhaka, 7 April: UNIC Dhaka and University of Information Technology and Sciences (UITS) with the cooperation of Daffodil Int’l University commemorated the 20th Anniversary of Remembrance of the Victims of the Rwanda Genocide on 7 April at UITS auditorium. The observance included seminar, poetry recitation, drama candlae lighting and poster exhibition. The speakers said genocide destroys the humanity. Poet Kazi Rozi, MP was the chief guest while the Pro-Vice Chancellor of UITS Dr. K M Saiful Islam Khan presided over the function. UN expert and Chairman of CIS, B Kazi Ali Reza delivered a speech as guest of honour while M. Moniruzzaman OIC of UNIC Dhaka spoke as special guest and read-out the UN Secretary General’s message on the Day. Lt Col (Retd) AFM Khairul Basher, who served in Rwanda Peacekeeping Mission from Bangladesh Army, shared his practical working experience in Rwanda. Renowned poets of the country Poet Muhammad Samad (VC of UITS), Poet Kazi Rozi, MP, Poet Shihab Sarkar and Poet Aslam Sani recited poems on human rights. A candle lighting was organized in memory of the victims of Rwanda genocide. A human rights drama was performed by DIU theatre group – All Star Daffodils. A day long poster exhibition was also arranged to mark the Day.

World Autism Awareness Day 2014: Seminar, arts/crafts exhibition and cultural function

01Dhaka, 7 April 2014: In observance of World Autism Awareness Day, UNIC Dhaka and Bangladesh Protibondhi Foundation (BPF) jointly organized a seminar, arts/crafts exhibition and cultural function at BPF premises in Dhaka. UNIC Officer-in-Charge M. Moniruzzaman spoke on the occasion as chief guest while Executive Director of BPF Dr. Shamim Ferdous presided over. A video on ‘autistic spectrum disorder’ was screened before the audience. Bangla translated version of UNSG’s Message on the Day was read-out and distributed among the audience. A cultural function was performed by the autistic children of BPF autistic school. At the beginning, an art/craft exhibition was opened by UNIC OIC. Around 300 autistic children and their parents were present in the programme.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Message on World Autism Awareness Day, 2 April 2014

autismdayThis year’s World Autism Awareness Day is a chance to celebrate the creative minds of people with Autism Spectrum Disorders, and to renew our pledge to help them realize their great potential.

I treasure my meetings with individuals affected by autism – parents, children, teachers and friends. Their strength is inspiring. They deserve all possible opportunities for education, employment and integration.

To measure the success of our societies, we should examine how well those with different abilities, including persons with autism, are integrated as full and valued members.

Education and employment are key. Schools connect children to their communities. Jobs connect adults to their societies. Persons with autism deserve to walk the same path. By including children with different learning abilities in mainstream and specialized schools, we can change attitudes and promote respect. By creating suitable jobs for adults with autism, we integrate them into society.

At this time of economic constraint, governments should continue to invest in services that benefit persons with autism. When we empower them, we benefit current and future generations.

Tragically, in many parts of the world, these individuals are denied their fundamental human rights. They battle discrimination and exclusion. Even in places where their rights are secured, too often they still have to fight for basic services.

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities provides a strong framework for action to create a better world for all.

World Autism Awareness Day is about more than generating understanding; it is a call to action. I urge all concerned to take part in fostering progress by supporting education programmes, employment opportunities and other measures that help realize our shared vision of a more inclusive world.

 

Commemoration of International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade: Seminar, Candle Lighting, Poetry Recitation, Poster Exhibition and Drama, 25 March 2014

Dhaka, 25 March: UNIC Dhaka, ASA University Bangladesh and Daffodil Int’l University (DIU) jointly commemorated the Int’l Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade 2014 on 25 March 2014 at ASA University auditorium. The commemoration included Seminar, Candle Lighting, Poetry Recitation, Poster Exhibition and Drama. Prof Shah Alam, Member, Law Commission, Bangladesh was the chief guest while Prof Dalem Chandra Barman, Vice Chancellor of ASA University presided over the function. Mijanur Rahaman Raju, Head, Department of Journalism & Mass Communication of DIU, Kazi Ali Reza, Chairman of CIS,B, M. Moniruzzaman, Officer-in-Charge, UNIC Dhaka and poet Kazi Rozi, MP spoke as special guests. Renowned poets of the country Kazi Rozi, Shihab Sarkar, Muhammad Samad, Aslam Sani and Prakitoj Shamim Rumi Titon recited human rights poems. Candle lighting was organized in memory of the slave-trade victims. A human rights drama was also staged by ‘All Star Daffodils’ – a theatre group of Daffodil Int’l University. A day long poster exhibition was also arranged to mark the Day. More than 200 teacher and student participated in the programme.

UN Quiz Contest and Information Literacy Training

21 March 2014: In order to develop the capacity of young generation, UNIC Dhaka and Centre for Information Studies Bangladesh jointly organized a two-day long Information Literacy Training programme and UN Quiz Contest during 20-21 March 2014 at Anjana Model High School in Savar. UNIC OIC M. Moniruzzaman spoke in the inaugural session as special guest while Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) was the Chief Guest. In the training programme, the resource persons were Dhaka University professors, EX UNIC Chief, a senior journalist and UNIC OIC. There was a presentation on UN activities worldwide. Prizes (1st, 2nd, 3rd position) were given to the quiz winners. Certificates were awarded among all the participants in concluding ceremony, where school Headmaster and local leaders were present. About 50 students were in attendance.

“Equality for women means progress for all” – Seminar and Open Speech Contest on Int’l Women’s Day, 9 March 2014

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Dhaka, 9 March: In order to create awareness among the young people about achieving of women equalty, UNIC Dhaka, United Nations Youth and Student Association Bangladesh (UNYSAB) and Dhaka University Model United Nations Association jointly organized a discussion and extemporary speech contest on Int’l Women’s Day on 9 March 2014 at UNIC library. Partnerships Officer of UNRC Office Ms Danielle Naranzilla was the chief guest while UNIC KMO M. Moniruzzaman moderated the programme. He delivered an introductory speech and read-out UN SG’s translated Bangla Message on the Day. Mr. Mamun Mia President of UNYSAB spoke on the occasion as a special guest. The contestants focused on the issues of domestic violence, women’s equality, women’s empowerment and progress for all. A panel of judges selected best four speakers. Prizes were distributed among the winners. Roses were given to all the participants, guests and supporting staff as a souvenir of Int’l Women’s Day.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Message on International Women’s Day, 8 March 2014

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This International Women’s Day, we are highlighting the importance of achieving equality for women and girls not simply because it is a matter of fairness and fundamental human rights, but because progress in so many other areas depends on it.

Countries with more gender equality have better economic growth. Companies with more women leaders perform better. Peace agreements that include women are more durable. Parliaments with more women enact more legislation on key social issues such as health, education, anti-discrimination and child support.

The evidence is clear: equality for women means progress for all.

This simple truth must be central as we work to accelerate progress towards the Millennium Development Goals by next year’s deadline and craft an agenda for the years beyond 2015.

Important gains have been made in access to primary education for girls and political representation by women. But progress remains far too slow and uneven.

A baby girl born today will still face inequality and discrimination, no matter where her mother lives. We have a common obligation to ensure her right to live free from the violence that affects one in three women globally; to earn equal pay for equal work; to be free of the discrimination that prevents her from participating in the economy; to have an equal say in the decisions that affect her life; and to decide if and when she will have children, and how many she will have.

I have a message for every girl born today, and to every woman and girl on the planet: Realizing human rights and equality is not a dream, it is a duty of governments, the United Nations and every human being.

I also have a message for my fellow men and boys: play your part. All of us benefit when women and girls – your mothers, sisters, friends and colleagues — can reach their full potential.

Together, let us work for women’s rights, empowerment and gender equality as we strive to eliminate poverty and promote sustainable development. Equality for women is progress for all!

Content Writing Workshop’ for the Young Contributors

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Dhaka, 27 February: UNIC Dhaka and UNV jointly organized a ‘Content Writing Workshop’ for the young contributors. The workshop was held as an outcome of UN Youth Theme Group’s decision to publish a bi-lingual newsletter by the youngsters. The UN Inter-agency Youth Theme Group, lead by UNFPA, was formed in Bangladesh in line with Youth agenda – one of the priorities of UN Secretary-General. UNIC, UNV, UNFPA and UNICEF took lead for publishing a Youth Newsletter by the youth. Mr Mainul Alam, a senior journalist of Daily Ittefaq and President of Diplomatic correspondents Association of Bangladesh worked as a resource person in the workshop. The young participants were actively participated in the workshop. The 1st issue of the newsletter will focus on women empowerment to mark the Int’l Women’s Day. M. Moniruzzaman of UNIC Dhaka and Merel Fuchs of UNV have moderated the session.

Seminar and Cultural Programme on Int’l Mother Language Day – 23 February 2014

Dhaka, 23 February: In order to create awareness among the young people about how to protect, preserve, promote and up-hold all languages of the world, UNIC Dhaka and Daffodil Int’l University (DIU) jointly organized a seminar and cultural programme on Int’l Mother Language Day at DIU auditorium on 23 February 2014. The Director-General of Int’l Mother Language Institute was the chief guest while Prof Dr Aminul Islam of DIU was key-note speaker. Kiichi Oyachu, UNESCO OIC  spoke on the occasion as guest of honour. UNIC OIC M. Moniruzzaman delivered an introductory speech and read-out UN SG’s translated message on the Day. The Bangla message was also distributed among the participants. Ex-OIC of UNIC Kazi Ali Reza spoke on the occasion as special guest. Around 200 students took part in the programme. UNESCO OIC formally launched the Daffodil Institute of Langauges. A cultural programme performed by foreign students was staged before the audience. Prizes were distributed among the winners of Language Art Contest which was organized prior to the main events.

 

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Message on International Mother Language Day, 21 February 2014

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International Mother Language Day celebrates linguistic and cultural diversity alongside multilingualism as a force for peace and sustainable development.

As we work towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals while mapping out a post-2015 sustainable development agenda, this diversity can encourage dialogue, mutual understanding, innovation and creativity. This in turn can help us build more just and inclusive societies. As the late President Nelson Mandela once said, “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart”.

The theme of this year’s observance spotlights the vital role of local languages in advancing science. This will help ensure that the latest scientific knowledge is more widely shared. At the same time, it will help deepen and enrich our global knowledge base with more traditional but often overlooked scientific wisdom.

Let us all join forces to promote linguistic diversity and multilingualism as a key element in our efforts to build a better world and a life of dignity for all.