Dhaka 11 March 2018: A panel discussion was organized at United International University (UIU) campus in Baridhara with the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day – “Time is Now: Rural and Urban activists transforming women’s lives”. To mark the Day, UNV Bangladesh, UNIC Dhaka jointly with UIU arranged the panel discussion. The Vice Chancellor of UIU Prof. Dr Chowdhury Mofizur Rahman presided over the session while UNDP Deputy Country Director Ms Kyoko Yokosuka formally opened the event putting emphasis on women empowerment and upliftment of women’s life mainly in rural areas. Continue reading
Diversifying economy, investment in human dev keys to further growth
United Nations in Bangladesh is working closely with the Government of Bangladesh to ensure that Bangladesh achieves new global goals – Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – and related targets by 2030.
Mia Seppo, who joined the United Nations Country Team in Bangladesh as the Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in November 2017, talked to DhakaCourier exclusively on a number of issues that matter.
Appreciating the current economic growth in Bangladesh, the United Nations has laid emphasis on having an ‘inclusive’ growth without compromising with environmental sustainability. Continue reading
Warrant Officer Abul Kalam Azad, Corporal Mohammad Akter Hossin, and soldiers Mohammad Rayhan Ali and Jamal Uddin were killed when their vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device on the Boni-Douentza road. During the same attack four other peacekeepers were seriously injured.
The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) Mr. Mahamat Saleh Annadif and the MINUSMA Force Commander General Jean-Paul Deconinck were present at the ceremony held at the MINUSMA Operational Base in Bamako.
United Nations peacekeepers come from diverse cultures and speak different languages, but share a common purpose: the protection of vulnerable communities and the provision of support to countries struggling to move from conflict to peace.
Bangladesh is one of the largest contributors to UN peacekeeping operations, the country first deployed uniformed personnel to serve with the Organization in 1988. Over the past three decades, the contributions of these brave men and women in the countries in which they serve have been immense.
As of December 2017, there were 7,246 Bangladeshi troops and police personnel in 10 missions around the world. Bangladeshi peacekeepers work in various roles – some provide protection, heal others and design roads – but all serve under the blue flag to support the governments and peoples of the countries in which they serve.
This year marks 30 years of Bangladeshi contributions to United Nations peacekeeping. We acknowledge and appreciate their brave contribution.
I would like to start by recognizing the presence of Holocaust survivors.
We thank you for sharing your testimony across the decades.
Let me also express my gratitude to Judge Thomas Buergenthal, a survivor of the ghettos and the death camps who went on to serve the United Nations with great distinction in advancing the cause of international law.
I am also grateful to Mrs. Eva Lavi, the youngest survivor on Schindler’s List, who has travelled from Israel to be with us today.
Bunia, Ituri Province, Democratic Republic of Congo. Pioneer female pilots deployed by MONUSCO’s bangladeshi Aviation unit (BANAIR) in Bunia. The two Bangladeshi aviators are contributing their expertise in support of MONUSCO operations aimed at bringing peace and stability in the DRC.