Category Archives: Press Releases

The Centre issues selected press statements and documents of the UN system from time to time. Often the press releases contain the messages from the Secretary-General on UN Days and the news about some resolutions/conventions adopted by the General Assembly. Press releases of last twelve issues are available at the website.

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.

Message of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on the International Day of Non-Violence 2 October 2018

On the International Day of Non-Violence, we recognize the enduring vision and wisdom of Mahatma Gandhi, whose birthday we also celebrate today.

At a time of protracted conflicts and complex challenges, Gandhi’s philosophy of non-violence remains an inspiration. At the United Nations, a world free of violence — and the resolution of differences through non-violent means — is at the core of our work.

At a time when inequality is on the rise and a fair globalization is an imperative, we also recall Gandhi’s commitment to social justice.

And in a period when the world is striving to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, ensure gender equality and leave no one behind, Gandhi’s commitment to human dignity can light our path. Continue reading

Lecture session on SDGs, UN Structure and functions, and Volunteerism

Dhaka, 19 September 2018: UNIC Dhaka has organized a lecture session on SDGs, volunteerism and humanitarian activities for the young students of Dhaka University at UNIC meeting room on 19 September 2018. The Country Focal Point of UNV Bangladesh Aktar Uddin spoke on the occasion on volunteerism and volunteer career opportunities for young people of Bangladesh while UNIC National Information Officer highlighted on SDGs and structure, function and humanitarian activities of United Nations. The various services of UN Information Centre also described before the students. The students took part in question answer session. A UN video song on humanitarian works was screened before the audiences.

BANMUN 2018 organized with the theme of “Ensuring Quality Education for Sustainable Future and Global Citizenship”

Dhaka: 22 September 2018: In partnership with United Nations and with the knowledge support of UNIC Dhaka, UN Youth and Students Association Bangladesh (Unysab) organized a three-day long Model UN Conference – DUNMUN 2018 during 20 to 22 September at Daffodil International University auditorium. The theme of the BANMUN 2018 – “Ensuring Quality Education for Sustainable Future and Global Citizenship”. The theme was chosen considering the youth as change agent in achieving SDGs. In the opening ceremony, UNDP Operations Manager Ms Sonia Mehzabeen, on behalf of UN Resident Coordinator Mia Seppo, spoke as special guest while Treasurer of Daffodil Int’l University spoke as guest of honour. In her speech, Ms Mehzabeen focused on quality education and youth leadership skills. In the closing ceremony, among others the panelists were Kazi Ali Reza, CEO, Centre for Ethics Education CEE) in Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology, M. Moniruzzaman, National Information Officer of UNIC Dhaka, Dr Syed Shaikh Imtiaz, UNYSAB Trustee Chair and Associate Professor, Dept of Women and Gender Studies, DU, UNYSAB President Mamun Mia, Prof Dr Farhana Helal Mehtab, Associate Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Science. The speakers highlighted on the potential of young population and their contribution in the society.There were eleven committees in Banmun and a total of 300 delegates from different schools and colleges took part in the conference. UNIC provided with UN educational and promotional materials to all delegates. UNIC NIO spoke on importance MUN to enhance leadership quality and to develop communication skill.

Message of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for the International Day of Peace

This year we mark International Day of Peace as we prepare to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

This foundational document is a reminder that peace takes root when people are free from hunger, poverty and oppression and can thrive and prosper.

With the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as our guide, we must ensure the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

I encourage you to speak up. For gender equality. For inclusive societies. For climate action.

Do your part at school, at work, at home. Every step counts.

Let us act together to promote and defend human rights for all, in the name of lasting peace for all.

Message of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Int’l Day of Democracy – 15 September 2018 I Democracy under Strain: Solutions for a Changing World

This year’s International Day of Democracy is an opportunity to look for ways to invigorate democracy and seek answers to the systemic challenges it faces. This includes tackling economic and political inequalities, making democracies more inclusive by bringing the young and marginalized into the political system, and making democracies more innovative and responsive to emerging challenges such as migration and climate change.

With this year’s 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Day of Democracy is also an opportunity to highlight the values of freedom and respect for human rights as essential elements of democracy. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states that “the will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government” (article 21.3), has inspired constitution-making around the world and contributed to global acceptance of democratic values and principles. Democracy, in turn, provides the natural environment for the protection and effective realization of human rights.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development addresses democracy in Sustainable Development Goal 16 recognizing the indivisible links between peaceful societies and effective, accountable and inclusive institutions.

UN in Bangladesh paid tribute to former Secretary-General Kofi Annan

United Nations in Bangladesh has paid tribute to the former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who passed away on 18 August 2018 at Burn in Switzerland. A condolence meeting was arranged at UN Office in IDB Bhaban where UN Resident Coordinator in Bangladesh Mia Seppo delivered a short speech on the life of Kofi Annan and the participants observed one minute silence for the salvation of departed soul. A photo animation was screened before the participants in the meeting. A condolence book for former UN Secretary-General was opened at UNIC Dhaka and UNICEF office during 27 August to 4 September 2018. The diplomats, UN officials, govt. official have paid their tribute to Kofi Annan by putting their heartfelt remarks in the condolence book. Photo Album

UN mourns death of former Secretary-General Kofi Annan, ‘a guiding force for good’

“The United Nations is mourning the death of former Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who passed away peacefully after a short illness, according to a statement published on his official Twitter account on Saturday. The renowned Ghanaian diplomat was 80 years old”.

Mr. Annan was the seventh man to take the helm of the global organization and the first Secretary-General to emerge from the ranks of its staff.

The current UN chief, Antonio Guterres hailed him as “a guiding force for good” and a “proud son of Africa who became a global champion for peace and all humanity.”

“Like so many, I was proud to call Kofi Annan a good friend and mentor. I was deeply honoured by his trust in selecting me to serve as UN High Commissioner for Refugees under his leadership. He remained someone I could always turn to for counsel and wisdom — and I know I was not alone,” Mr. Guterres said in a statement. Continue reading

Celebration of Int’l Youth Day 2018: Safe Spaces for Youth

Dhaka, 13 August 2018: In celebration of International Youth Day, a panel discussion on “Promoting Volunteerism and Safe Spaces for Youth” was organized by UNIC Dhaka, UNV Bangladesh and VSO Bangladesh with the cooperation of Dhaka University Model United Nations Association (DUMUNA) at Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban, University of Dhaka, on 13 August 2018. In inaugural session, Dr. Kazi Anowarul Haque, UN Wing Chief and Additional Secretary, Economic Relation Department spoke as chief guest while Mr. Shahed Bin Aziz, Sr. Assistant Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs spoke as a Guest. In his speech, the chief guest said that youth have emotions and they have full of energy and we engage them with extra strength to contribute to make a better world.  He mentioned that volunteerism is a social responsibility for the society and community. Mr. Shahed praised the UNIC initiatives to reach the local people with UN messages in local language, he also emphasized  on safe spaces for youth for their own choice, activities, interest and participation in decision making process.

In the panel discussion, Mr. Aminul Islam Khan, Additional Secretary, Ministry of LGRD &  Cooperatives, Dr. Delwar Hossain, Professor Continue reading