Dhaka 6 December 2017: Over the past few days, the campaign, 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, has been spreading around the world. This is an annual event that starts on the “International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women” (November 25) and ends 16 days later on “Human Rights Day” (December 10). This year, the UN Secretary-General Antotio Guterres’s initiative UNiTE Campaign will mark the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence under the overarching theme, “Leave No One Behind: End Violence against Women and Girls”— reflecting the core principle of the trans-formative 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, with the coordinating colour orange to symbolize a brighter future in which females can live without fear of violence. UN-Women along with other UN Agencies, including UNIC Dhaka, are taking part in this campaign in separate locations of Bangladesh. A partial view of UN staff members who expressed their solidarity for the 16 Days Activism.
Dhaka, 2 December 2017: With the theme of “Re-imagining Libraries, Technology Transfer And Resource Sharing in Libraries of Bangladesh: An Observation” a day-long workshop was organized by UNIC Dhaka and ICDDR,B on 2 December at ICDDR,B conference room. The thematic key-note paper was presented by Prof. Dr. S.M. Mannan, Department of Information Science and Library Management, University of Dhaka. ICDDR,B Head of Library Dr. Nazim Uddin and UNIC NIO M Moniruzzaman also spoke in the workshop while participants took part in open discussion and Question/Answer session. Two short videos of UN Library Network in Bangladesh and ICDDR,B library were screened before the audiences. Around forty library and information professionals from public, private, NGOs, academic and international institutions took part in the workshop.
Dhaka 26 October 2017: In observance of United Nations Day, UNRC Office with the support of UN System organized a reception for the stakeholders associated with different UN agencies in Bangladesh. The Bangla translated version of volumous UN DPI publications – Aajker Jatisongho (Basic Facts About United Nations) was formally launched by Hon’ble Finance Minister and UN Resident Coordinator in Bangladesh. UN Secretary-General’s video message on UN Day was screened before the participants, a documentary composing of photographs of UN system-wide works was also screened before the audiences.The senior officials of different ministries including Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Fianance and Planning, Ministry of Public Administration, Chief of Army, Inspector General Police and other dignitories, diplomats, NGO representatives, civil society organizations, academicians and young leaders participated in the reception. The copies of Bangla version of Basic Facts about United Nations were distributed among the stakeholders who took part in the reception. UNIC Dhaka translated and published the book to cater the need of Bangla readers in home and abroad.
In observance of International Day of Peace, UNIC Dhaka jointly with Dhakabashi organization and National Federation of Youth Organizations in Bangladesh (NFYOB) organized a Children Art Contest and Rally respectively at Hazaribagh Community Centre and Hazaribagh Park area on 21 September 2017. The events were focused on theme of peace day – ‘Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All’. President of Dhakabashi organization, local community leaders and Head of UNIC Dhaka spoke on the occassion and emphasied on establishment of peace in the current international situation, especially refugee and migrant issues and Rohinga influx into Bangladesh. Prizes were awarded by UNIC Dhaka among winners of art contest from Mars Laboratory School, Bangladesh Cadet School, Rifles Public School. Later a rally was organized with the participation of students and community leaders.
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.
With the partnership of UNIC Dhaka, UN Youth and Students Association of Bangladesh organized a four-day long Model UN Conference BANMUN 2017 at Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology (BUET) auditorium during 1- 4 July 2017. The opening ceremony was inaugurated by HE Ms. Sadia Faizunnesa, Director-General (UN) of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Mr. Humayun Kabir, Former Bangladesh Ambassador to USA. M. Moniruzzaman National Information Officer of UNIC Dhaka spoke as special guest. UNYSAB Trastee Chair Dr. Syed Md. Saikh Imtiaz and President Mamun Misa also spoke on the occasion. More than 600 delegates from different educational institutions took part in it. All the delegates were provided with a set of UN publications.
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.
Dhaka, 15 March 2017, Wednesday at 12.00 noon: A moment of silence for the people of Syria arranged by UN offices around the globe including Bangladesh. Staff members of UNIC Dhaka, UNAIDS, UN Dispensary and other support staff observed a moment silence on the occasion of six years of brutal war in Syria, with no end in sight . Our goal is taking this collective action is to give voice to those silenced by the conflict and to send a message to Member States and world leaders that we must put an end to the carnage now. UNDP Bangladesh and other UN Agencies also observed it in separate locations. Photos of Syrian children are displayed here.