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.

Press conference by H.E. Mr. António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations – 13 Sep 2017

Press Conference by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

13 September 2017 – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today reiterated his call for Muslims from Myanmar’s Rakhine state to be granted nationality or at least a legal status that would allow them to lead a normal life, while also urging the international community to help provide assistance for the nearly 380,000 people who have fled into Bangladesh.

“I call on the Myanmar authorities to suspend military action, end the violence, uphold the rule of law, and recognize the right of return of all those who had to leave the country,” the Secretary-General said in his first press conference since the opening of the 72nd session of the General Assembly.

Mr. Guterres repeated his call for “an effective action plan” to address the root causes of the situation, which he said he been left to fester for decades and has now escalated beyond Myanmar’s borders, destabilizing the region.

The Security Council is due to discuss the situation this afternoon in an urgent closed-door meeting, following an official letter from the Secretary-General expressing his concern. Continue reading

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’s Message for the 100-Day Countdown to the International Day of Peace, 13 June

Upon taking up my duties as Secretary-General in January of this year, my very first act was to issue an appeal for peace — a call on citizens, governments and leaders everywhere to put peace first.

The International Day of Peace, observed every year on 21 September, embodies our shared aspiration to end the needless suffering caused by armed conflict. It offers a moment for the peoples of the world to acknowledge the ties that bind them together, irrespective of their countries of origin. It is a day on which the United Nations calls for a 24-hour global ceasefire, with the hope that one day of peace can lead to another, and another, and ultimately to a stilling of the guns.

Yet there is more to achieving peace than laying down weapons. True peace requires involves building bridges, combating discrimination and standing up for the human rights of all the world’s people.

That is why this year’s theme for the International Day of Peace is: “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All”, focusing in particular on the plight of refugees and migrants throughout the world.  Our obligation as an international community is to ensure that everyone forced to flee their homes receives the protection to which they are entitled under international law.  Our duty as a human family is to replace fear with kindness. Continue reading

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’s Message on World Oceans Day: “Our Oceans, Our Future”, 8 June 2017

 The oceans make our home a blue planet.  The oceans regulate climate, generate oxygen, and provide ecosystem services, energy and minerals. The life teeming below their surfaces and along the shorelines is a source of food and medicines.   Oceans connect all of us, linking people and nations in cultural ties, and they are essential for sharing goods and services across the world.  The importance of our oceans to every single living being on our planet cannot be overstated. Today, we celebrate all that the oceans give us, and reaffirm our commitment to being good stewards.

On this World Oceans Day, we look to the future.  Caring for, and using, our oceans in sustainable ways is critical to achieve ecological and economic goals for communities everywhere.  However, the future of our oceans is burdened by numerous threats – such as climate change and ocean acidification, pollution, unsustainable and destructive fishing practices, – and the lack of capacities to address these threats.  Continue reading

TOGETHER Campaign in Manikgonj District

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.

 

World Economic and Social Survey launches in Dhaka

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

UNCT in Bangladesh meets with USG Wu Hongbo and other UN Dignitaries at the backdrop of GFMD Summit

un-high-officialsDhaka, 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

UNIC Dhaka Commemorates Human Rights Day with the theme of ‘Stand up for Someone’s Rights Today’

hr-dayDhaka, 10 December 2016: United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Dhaka and Daffodil International University (DIU) jointly commemorated the Human Rights Day on 10 December 2016 through elaborate programme. To mark the Day, based on the theme ‘Stand up for someone’s right today’ a seminar, poetry reading session and a drama were staged at DIU Auditorium. Mr. Kazi Reazul Hoque, Chairman of National Human Rights Commission of Bangladesh was the Chief Guest and Mr. Md. Sabur Khan, Chairman, Board of Trustees, Daffodil Family was present as the special guest. Professor Dr. Yousuf M Islam, Vice Chancellor, Daffodil International University presided over the programme. UNIC Officer-in-Charge M. Moniruzzaman Continue reading

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Message on Human Rights Day – 10 December 2016

hrd-logoAs United Nations Secretary-General over the last decade, I have repeatedly stressed the interdependence of the three pillars of the United Nations — peace, sustainable development and human rights. Together, they form the basis of resilient and cohesive societies rooted in inclusion, justice and the rule of law.

I have also underscored that human rights are at the heart of the work and identity of the United Nations. This understanding is at the core of our Human Rights up Front initiative. Continue reading

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Message on International Volunteer Day, 5 December 2016

featured-image-sgmessage  Volunteers work tirelessly to create a better future for all. They contribute to national well-being and show global solidarity at times of crisis. We see this in action all over the world, most notably over the past year as volunteers have provided shelter and wide-ranging support to millions of refugees forced from their homes by armed conflict and persecution.

Volunteers help to eliminate poverty and reduce the impact of disasters. In Haiti, we saw the efforts of thousands during the recent floods, helping to re-build devastated communities. In Sri Lanka, volunteers were instrumental in achieving the great feat of eradicating malaria. In Mali and Colombia, UN Volunteers are among those working to achieve peace. Continue reading