Category Archives: UNIC Activities

70th Anniversary of UDHR: Human Rights Day Celebration – Short Film Festival, Discussion and Drama

Dhaka, 9 December 2018: To mark the Human Rights Day and 70th Anniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the United Nations in Bangladesh in association with Dhaka University Film Society (DUFS), with support from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the German government, organized a two-day long “Human Rights Short Film Festival 2018” from 8 to 9 December 2018 at Bangladesh Shishu Academy Auditorium, Dhaka. The theme of the festival is “Finding Bangladesh and South Asia in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 70 years later”.

On 9 December 2018, H.E. Mr. Peter Fahrenholtz, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in Bangladesh, Ms. Mia Seppo, the UN Resident Coordinator in Bangladesh, and Mr. Mostafa Sarwar Farooki, Film maker, Mr. Sanjeeb Drong, Representative of Bangladesh Human Rights Forum, Mr. Aung Rakhine, Film maker, and Rashedul Hafiz, Lifetime Member, Dhaka University Film Society (DUFS) graced the closing and the award giving ceremony of the film festival. They also joined a panel discussion on “Promoting and protecting human rights through film and other media – celebrating the 70th anniversary of the UDHR” with. The discussion was moderated by Mr. Abdul Quayum, Associate Editor, Prothom Alo.  Continue reading

16 Days Activism in Bangladesh: #Hear Me Too

Dhaka, Tuesday 27 November 2018: 16 Days Activism Against Gender-Based Violence 2018, UN Bangladesh organized a day-long events at UN Office premises at IDB Bhaban on 27 November 2018.

The events include oath taking of UN staff members led by UNRC, flying balloons, experience sharing by champions, photo session, street drama  #HereMeToo. Mia Seppo, UNRC in Bangladesh opened the session when a number UN heads of agencies and UN staff members were present. The events were facilitated by UN Gender Thematic Group (GETG) and the UN Communication and Advocacy Group (UNCAG).

UN Day Celebration: Rally, Panel Discussion, Quiz and Art Contest

Dhaka, 23 October 2018: In observance of UN Day, UNIC Dhaka jointly with Dhakabasi Organization and National Federation of Youth Organizations of Bangladesh organized a panel discussion, quiz contest, art contest and rally at Central Public Library auditorium/premises. Prof Dr Muhammad Samad, Pro-Vice Chancellor of University of Dhaka opened the art contest as chief guest. The events were focused on Sustainable Development Goals in Bangladesh. The speakers including chief guest, president of Dhakabashi organization, local community leaders and UNIC National Information Officer spoke on role of young people to implement SDGs in Bangladesh. The school students took part in the events and prizes were awarded among the winners of art and quiz contests. A rally was organized with the participation of students.

UN Day Art Contest and Panel Discussion at Academia School

Dhaka, 22 October 2018:  In celebration of UN Day, a panel discussion and art contest on UN and SDGs was organized at Academia School auditorium. The Panelists were Ms. Sarwat Zeb, Chairperson, Academia and Ms. Touhida Sultana, Vice Principal, Academia, M. Aktaruzzaman, Country Manager UN-Habitat, Aktar Uddin Program Analyst, UN Volunteer Bangladesh, Santu Saha, Artist and M. Moniruzzaman, National Information Officer, UNIC Dhaka. The event was arranged under the coordination of UN Communication and Advocacy Group and organized by UNIC and Academia. The panelists focused on engagement of youth in implementation of SDGs in Bangladesh. Youth volunteerism can play an important role in developing community and society. An art contest on Sustainable Development Goals was organized with the participation of young students. UNIC Dhaka distributed prizes among the winners. The students took part in question answer session. Knowledge products and promotional materials were distributed among all the participants.

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.

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

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