In commemoration of International Day of UN Peacekeepers, Bangladesh Armed Forces Division (AFD) and Office of the UN Resident Coordinator with the support of Ministry of Foreign Affairs jointly organized a number of events to honour the fallen and injured peacekeepers on 29 May 2017. Mr. Abdul Hamid, Honourable President of Bangladesh spoke on the occasion as chief guest at Bangabandhu International Conference Center (BICC) and handed over crests to the injured peacekeepers, and family members of deceased peacekeepers who lost their lives for the cause of world peace and humanity. The UN Resident Coordinator in Bangladesh Robert Watkins delivered a speech on Continue reading
Secretary-General António Guterres lays a wreath to honour all fallen peacekeeper, as part of the UN Headquarters observation of the International Day of UN Peacekeepers, 24 May 2017, Credit: UN Photo
The Programme was mandated in December 1980 by UN General Assembly Resolution 35/201 (paragraph III-9) and renamed in September 2003 “Reham Al-Farra Memorial Journalists Fellowship Programme” to honour Ms. Reham Al-Farra, a young UN staff member killed in the bombing of the UN Headquarters in Baghdad. The Programme is sponsored annually since 1981 by the United Nations Department of Public Information. The fellowship is open to fulltime journalists between the age of 22 and 35 from countries with developing and transitioning economies.
Fellows will be invited to spend three weeks at UN Headquarters in New York to cover the 72nd General Assembly.
They will have an opportunity to observe the UN in action, interview senior officials and exchange ideas with colleagues from around the world.
Fellowship awards cover the cost of roundtrip airfare to New York and provide a daily subsistence allowance.
The deadline for receipt of applications is 28 May, 2017.
Programme dates: 11–29 September, 2017
For more information visit: outreach.un.org/raf
Dhaka, 8 May 2017: UNIC Dhaka jointly with UNRC Office and UNESCAP launched the ESCAP Economic and Social Survey 2017 at IDB Conference Room, Dhaka.
The Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific is the oldest and most comprehensive annual review of economic and social development in Asia and the Pacific. This flagship publication of ESCAP analyses economic conditions and selected development challenges, and suggests policies to sustain economic growth and to make it more inclusive. The 2017 edition of the Survey highlights the importance of better governance and effective fiscal management.
Official remarks were followed by a open discussion and questions and answers session. The panelist were Mr. Robert D. Watkins, UN Resident Coordinator in Bangladesh, Dr. Sudip Ranjan Basu, Economic Affairs Officer, UNESCAP, Bangkok and Dr. K.A.S. Murshid, Director General, BIDS. Event was well-attended, including government officials, Media, NGO representatives, women activists, youth leaders and civil society members. The event was conducted by M. Moniruzzaman, National Information Officer of UNIC Dhaka.
PLURAL + is a youth video festival focusing on the themes of migration, diversity and social inclusion, organized by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) with the support of many international partners, who support the creative efforts of young people and distribute their videos worldwide.
Recognizing youth as powerful agents of social change in a world too often characterize by intolerance and division, PLURAL+ invites young people to express their views and creativity in short videos.
PLURAL+ aims to support dialogue between young people from different cultures, and in the process, increase awareness and respect for diversity.
Submit your video through the online entry form and see the instructions on the PLURAL+ website. https://pluralplus.unaoc.org/ Continue reading
Dhaka, 15 March 2017, Wednesday at 12.00 noon: A moment of silence for the people of Syria arranged by UN offices around the globe including Bangladesh. Staff members of UNIC Dhaka, UNAIDS, UN Dispensary and other support staff observed a moment silence on the occasion of six years of brutal war in Syria, with no end in sight . Our goal is taking this collective action is to give voice to those silenced by the conflict and to send a message to Member States and world leaders that we must put an end to the carnage now. UNDP Bangladesh and other UN Agencies also observed it in separate locations. Photos of Syrian children are displayed here.
In observance of International Women’s Day, UNIC Dhaka jointly with Shoheed Titumir Academy in Manikgonj organized a discussion seminar at the school auditorium on 8 march 2017. The Headmaster of the school presided over the seminar. UNIC National Information Officer was the key note speaker while Ms Monowara Sarker- Former Director of Bangladesh Red Crescent Society spoke as guest of honour.The student took part in a question-answer session. More than one hundred students including UNIC staff members and teachers took part in it. UNIC Bangla publication was distributed among the students.
UNIC Dhaka and Manikgonj Government Mohila College jointly organized an interactive discussion seminar on Together campaign at the College Auditorium on 8 March 2017. Mr Mahmud Hassan, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Public Administration, GoB graced the occasion as Chief Guest while Ms Rashida Ferdous, DC of Manikgonj district spoke as Guest of Honour. Among others Ms Monowara Sarker- Former Director of Bangladesh Red Crescent Society, and Mr Bashiur Ahmed, Principal of the College spoke on the occasion. UNIC Officer-in-Charge M. Moniruzzaman delivered the key-note speech highlighting the background of Together campaign including GFMD Summit in Dhaka and Migration Summit in New York. Hon’ble Chief Guest focused on the humanitarian issues including respect and dignity towards every human being and governments efforts in this matter. Ms Rashida Ferdous,
DC of Manikgonj spoke about the development process and role of women in different sectors. More than one hundred participants of the college took part in the discussion programme. All the participants were provided with a Special Bangla Flyer on TOGETHER, published by UNIC Dhaka. A number of teachers and UNIC staff members were also present in the programme.
Dhaka, 5 January 2017: The UN Information Centre (UNIC) in Dhaka with support of UNRC Office launched the World Economic & Social Survey 2016 at UN Meeting room. With the theme of ‘climate change resilience: an opportunity for reducing inequalities’, the report was presented by Dr. S. Nazrul Islam, Senior Economic Affairs officer, Development Policy Analysis Division, UN, New York. In addressing the specific challenge of building resilience to climate change, the Survey focuses on the population groups and communities that are disproportionately affected by climate hazards. Continue reading
Dhaka, 11 December 2016: The United Nations Resident Coordinator in Bangladesh Mr. Robert D. Watkins hosted a Breakfast Meeting with Under-Secretary-General H.E. Mr. Wu Hongbo who is representing the Secretary-General at the 9th Session of Global Forum for Migration and Development, a number of key UN Dignitaries and Senior Officials attending GFMD, and the UN Country Team in Bangladesh. Director General of IOM Mr. William Lacy Swing, Director General of ILO Mr. Guy Ryder, Senior Adviser to Special Representative of the Secretary-General for International Migration Mr. Francois Fouinat, Senior Adviser on Migration and Development of UNDP Ms. Irena Vojackova-Sollarano, Regional Director of IOM Dr. Nenette Motus, Regional Director of UNICEF Ms. Jean Gough, Regional Director of ILO Ms. Tomoko Nishimoto, UNSG’s Former Special adviser Ms Karen AbuZayd were among Continue reading