Dhaka, Tuesday, 18 July 2017: In commemoration of Nelson Mandela International Day, UNIC Dhaka jointly with ASA University Bangladesh organized a Discussion Seminar and Mandela Day Poster Exhibition on Nelson Mandela’ work, at the university auditorium. Mr. Mahmud Hassan, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Public Administration, GoB was the chief guest of the event while Prof. Dr. A.K.M. Helaluz-Zaman, VC-in-charge, ASA University presided over. Mr. Zahid Hossain, Human Rights Advisor of UNRC Office presented the key-note paper on Mandela’s life-long fight against racism and his sacrifice for the establishment of peace. National Information Officer of UNIC Dhaka delivered an introductory speech and read-out the UN Secretary-General’s Message on the Day. Students of ASA University took part in the open discussion and Q&A session. A Poster Exhibition was also organized at the beginning of the events. The UN Secretary General’s Message on the Day and Universal Declaration of Human Rights were distributed among all the participants.
In commemoration of International Day of UN Peacekeepers, Bangladesh Armed Forces Division (AFD) and Office of the UN Resident Coordinator with the support of Ministry of Foreign Affairs jointly organized a number of events to honour the fallen and injured peacekeepers on 29 May 2017. Mr. Abdul Hamid, Honourable President of Bangladesh spoke on the occasion as chief guest at Bangabandhu International Conference Center (BICC) and handed over crests to the injured peacekeepers, and family members of deceased peacekeepers who lost their lives for the cause of world peace and humanity. The UN Resident Coordinator in Bangladesh Robert Watkins delivered a speech on Continue reading
Dhaka, 8 May 2017: UNIC Dhaka jointly with UNRC Office and UNESCAP launched the ESCAP Economic and Social Survey 2017 at IDB Conference Room, Dhaka.
The Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific is the oldest and most comprehensive annual review of economic and social development in Asia and the Pacific. This flagship publication of ESCAP analyses economic conditions and selected development challenges, and suggests policies to sustain economic growth and to make it more inclusive. The 2017 edition of the Survey highlights the importance of better governance and effective fiscal management.
Official remarks were followed by a open discussion and questions and answers session. The panelist were Mr. Robert D. Watkins, UN Resident Coordinator in Bangladesh, Dr. Sudip Ranjan Basu, Economic Affairs Officer, UNESCAP, Bangkok and Dr. K.A.S. Murshid, Director General, BIDS. Event was well-attended, including government officials, Media, NGO representatives, women activists, youth leaders and civil society members. The event was conducted by M. Moniruzzaman, National Information Officer of UNIC Dhaka.
In observance of International Women’s Day, UNIC Dhaka jointly with Shoheed Titumir Academy in Manikgonj organized a discussion seminar at the school auditorium on 8 march 2017. The Headmaster of the school presided over the seminar. UNIC National Information Officer was the key note speaker while Ms Monowara Sarker- Former Director of Bangladesh Red Crescent Society spoke as guest of honour.The student took part in a question-answer session. More than one hundred students including UNIC staff members and teachers took part in it. UNIC Bangla publication was distributed among the students.
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.
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
Dhaka, 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
Dhaka, 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
Dhaka, 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.