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.

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

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Message on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, 3 December 2016

idpd-logo-rev-4-300Ten years ago this month, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.  One of the most widely ratified international human rights instruments, with 169Parties, the Convention has spurredsignificant progress in commitment and action for equality, inclusion and empowerment around the world, with disability being increasingly incorporated into the global human rights and development agendas.

This year, United Nations Member States have embarked on implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, our blueprint for peace, prosperity, dignity and opportunity for all on a healthy planet.  With its 17 interdependent Sustainable Development Goals, the 2030 Agenda is based on a pledge to leave no one behind.  Achieving this requires the full inclusion and effective participation of persons with disabilities in society and development. Continue reading

United Nations Day Symposium organized in city

rc-aiDhaka, 29 October 2016: In celebration of UN Day, a symposium was organized by UN Association of Bangladesh at CIRDAP Auditorium on 29 October 2016. Mr. Kamrul Ahsan, Additional Foreign Secretary (Bilateral and Consular) graced the occassion as chief guest and Ms. Argentina Matavel Piccin, the UN Resident Coordinator, a.i in Bangladesh spoke as guest of honour. The key-note paper was presented by eminent historian Prof. Syed Anwar Hossain while the President of UNAB Justice Kazi Ebadul Hoque presided over the function. The Bangla translated version of UN Secretary-General’s Message on the Day was read-out by UNIC Officer-in-Charge M. Moniruzzaman and it was distributed among the participants. Hon’ble Former Speaker of Bangladesh National Parliament Col. (retd.) Shawkat Ali, MP was present in the seminar. The government officials, members of civil societies and NGOs, youth representatives and academicians participated in the symposium. The speakers focused on the history of the United Nations and urged the stakeholders to come forward to ensure peace and development as well as to work for 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – SDGs. UNAB Secretary-General Porf Syed Mohammad Shahed moderated the session.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Message on United Nations Day, 24 Oct 2016

featured-image-messagesThis year’s observance of United Nations Day occurs at a time of transition for the world and for the United Nations.

Humanity has entered the era of sustainability – with a global commitment to fulfil the great promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  In this, the Organization’s 71st year, we have 17 goals to propel us towards a better future for all on a healthy planet.

The world is also moving at long last beyond the mindset which viewed the burning of fossil fuels as the path to prosperity.  At a time of record heat, Member States have embraced the Paris Agreement on climate change in record time.  This landmark measure will enter into force on 4 November.  Across that historic threshold lies our best chance for greener, cleaner, low-carbon growth. Continue reading

Model UN Conference 2016 in Rajshahi University

untitled-1  Rajshahi, Thursday, 29 September 2016: With the partnership of UNIC Dhaka, UN Youth and Student Association of Bangladesh (UNYSAB) organized a four-day long Model UN Conference 2016 in Rajshahi University during 29 Sep to 2 Oct 2016. More than 300 delegates from different educational institutions took part in the UN simulation.  The opening ceremony was inaugurated by Md Mizanur Rahman, Associate Professor and Student Adviser of Rajshahi University, M. Moniruzzaman, Officer-in-Charge of UNIC Dhaka and former Student Adviser Prof Md. Sadequl Arephin Matin while UNYSAB President Mamun Mia chaired the session. UNIC Officer-in-Charge has urged the young leaders to come forward to play their role in achieving SDGs, he said, the youth leaders have the opportunity to contribute in building nations. Continue reading

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Message on the International Day of Non-Violence: 2 October 2016

gunEvery year on the International Day of Non-Violence, we re-commit ourselves to the cause of peace, as exemplified by the life of Mahatma Gandhi who was born on this day 147 years ago.

We know that a culture of non-violence begins with respect for others, but it does not end there.  To nurture peace, we must respect nature.  I am pleased this year’s International Day of Non-Violence puts the focus on sustainability and the environment.

In all he did, Gandhi honoured our obligation to all living things.  He reminded us that “Earth provides enough to satisfy everyone’s needs, but not everyone’s greed.”   Gandhi also challenged us to “be the change we wish to see in the world”. Continue reading