Category Archives: UNIC Activities

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

Interview with Ms Jayathma Wickramanayake, UN Secretary-General’s Youth Envoy

Dhaka, 11 August 2018: Ms Jayathma Wickramanayake, UN Secretary-General’s Youth Envoy has taken part in a number of interview with Bangladeshi media outlets during her visit to Bangladesh from 4 August to 11 August 2018. The UN Envoy has also visited Rohingya refugees camp in Cox’s Bazar.

End of mission statement by Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar

Dhaka 8 July 2018

I am pleased to present my end of mission statement as the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar. Thank you for your attendance and the opportunity to address you this afternoon.

Since December 2017, the Myanmar Government has not allowed me to visit Myanmar to carry out my work mandated by the Human Rights Council.  Following renewal of my mandate in March, I had also requested the Government of India to facilitate a visit to India so I could meet with Myanmar refugees in New Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir and Mizoram, but received no response.

Before I proceed further, let me take this opportunity to thank the Government of Bangladesh for always welcoming me and facilitating my visit.  The UN entities in Bangladesh, particularly the Resident Coordinator’s Office, have been extremely helpful in facilitating my visit, and I am grateful to the Inter Sector Coordination Group and those who provided support in Cox’s Bazar. As the Government denied my access to Myanmar, I was only able to meet people in Bangladesh, the neighbouring country that hosts over one million refugees from Myanmar. In Dhaka, I met with Government, UN agencies and INGOs, and in Cox’s Bazar I met Rohingya refugees in a number of camps and settlements as well as the Government, UN, humanitarian and protection actors and NGOs. I also thank the UN Country Team in Myanmar for speaking with me. I took many photos of what I saw, and will upload them on Flickr, the link will be on my Special Rapporteur webpage. Continue reading

Secretary-General’s remarks at joint Press Conference with President of the World Bank, Jim Yong Kim (unofficial transcript)

2 July 2018 Dhaka, Bangladesh:

SG: Ladies and gentlemen of the media, a very good evening, and thank you very much for your presence.

I have been, in the past, twice in North Rakhine State. So, I was perfectly aware that the Rohingyas’ world can remain one of the most if not the most discriminated community in our planet.

I remember visiting their villages, they couldn’t move from the villages without permission. They couldn’t marry without permission. They were harassed by the police, by the administration; very limited access to education and to health services; an extremely, extremely discriminated community that’s stateless; that had no nationality. Nationality being rejected by the Government of Myanmar and that had not even a country that could call theirs.  Even if, of course, they live in Myanmar and they felt themselves as Myanmarese citizens.

But knowing that, and knowing that what has happened with the reasons why such a large number of people fled the country was a series of atrocities that have difficult parallels in recent history.

Mass killings, gang rapes, torture, villages razed to the ground, burned. Even knowing all that, it is impossible to go to their to the refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar, the biggest refugee camp in the world, without feeling our heart completely broken. With the testimony of the women, children and men that we meet, when they tell us the story of their tremendous suffering and the horrible discrimination.

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UN chief applauds Bangladesh for ‘opening borders’ to Rohingya refugees in need

1 July Sunday, Dhaka: On mission in Bangladesh, the Secretary-General praised the country for keeping its borders open and receiving those in need of international protection.

“In a world where so many borders are closed, [the people and Government of Bangladesh] have opened their borders and received their brothers and sisters coming from Myanmar and from the terrible events there,” said Mr. Guterres in the capital Dhaka on Sunday.

Mr. Guterres noted the progress made by Bangladesh since its independence and highlighted the country’s integration of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into its national planning frameworks, as an “example that many others can follow.”

He called for greater political will to realize the commitments made through the 2015 Paris climate change agreement and urged countries to raise their ambition to limit temperature rises.

The Secretary-General and the World Bank Group President also visited the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum which was the house of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahaman, the first President of Bangladesh and father of the current Prime Minister. He and other members of his family were assassinated there in August 1975 by a group of soldiers.

Later in the evening, the Secretary-General and his delegation were hosted for an official dinner by the Prime Minister of Bangladesh.  Continue reading

Transcript of Secretary-General’s remarks at press encounter with President of the World Bank, Jim Yong Kim Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, 2 July 2018

It is impossible to visit these camps without breaking our hearts with the suffering of the Rohingya people.

First of all, listening to the terrible stories of massive violence – of killings, of rape, of torture, of house or villages burnt – it is probably one of the most tragic stories in relation to the systematic violation of human rights.

I was in North Rakhine State twice in my past capacity as High Commissioner for Refugees, I have no doubt that the Rohingya people have always been one of, if not the, most discriminated people in the world, without any recognition of the most basic rights starting by the recognition of the right of citizenship by their own country – Myanmar.

But, on the other hand, it is also terrible for us to see more than 900,000 people living in these terrible circumstances. When I see the young boys and girls, I remember my own grand-daughters and I imagine what it would be see my grand-daughters living in these conditions.

It is unacceptable that these people who have suffered so much in Myanmar now have to live in the difficult circumstances that these camps inevitably represent. And so, I believe we need to combine a word of deep gratitude to the Government and people of Bangladesh for the fact that they have opened their borders when so many other borders are closed in the world. They have received so generously these people and have provided them with basic protection and support. Continue reading

International Day of UN Peacekeepers Commemorated in Bangladesh 2018

In commemoration of International Day of UN Peacekeepers, Bangladesh Armed Forces Division (AFD), Office of the UN Resident Coordinator and Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) jointly organized, a number of events to honour the deceased and injured UN peacekeepers, on 29 May 2018. A peace run was organized early in the morning which was inaugurated by Hon’ble Foreign Minister, UN Resident Coordinator and Principal Staff Officer of AFD. The honouring programme was arranged in the afternoon on 29 May 2018. The Honorable President of Bangladesh graced the afternoon event as Chief Guest and handed over crests and awards to the injured peacekeepers and to the family members of the deceased peacekeepers. UN Resident Coordinator spoke as special guest. UN in Bangladesh distributed the THANK YOU BANGLADESH Post Cards to all the 2000 participants including the senior officials of Bangladesh Armed Forces. The card was published by UN Information Centre, Dhaka as a part of UN Peacekeeping Campaign. A UN video was also screened apart from other videos.

Families and inclusive societies: International Day of Families celebrated

Dhaka, 15 May 2018: In celebration of the International Day of Families, UNIC Dhaka jointly with Probin Hitoishi Sangho, World-Wide Family Love Movement (WWFLM) and Center for Ethics Education of Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology(AUST) organized a round-table discussion seminar at Probin Hitoishi Sangho Auditorium. The Family Day theme is “families and inclusive societies”. UNDP Former Resident Representative Ms. Sarwar Sultana spoke as chief guest while key note paper was presented by Kazi Ali Reza Chief Executive Officer of Center for Ethics Education. The key-note speaker Continue reading