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
Rajshahi, 29 September 2016: UNIC Dhaka organized a seminar, as part of nation-wide SDGs campaign, at Govt PN Girls’ High School in Rajshahi district on 29 September 2016. More than 100 students took part in the discussion and Q/A session. The key-note speech was delivered by UNIC National Information Officer & OIC M. Moniruzzaman while Ms Shahara Khanom, Headmistress of the School presided over the seminar. UNIC OIC spoke on 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by UN member states and elaborated each goals with backround information. The Bangla translated postcards with 17 goals were distributed among all the participants. The participants have completed a questionnaire with their feedback and opinion about the event.
Dhaka, 01 October 2016: On the occasion of International Day of Older Persons, Daily Alokito Bangladesh, in cooperation with UNIC Dhaka and other local partners, organized a round table discussion titled “Ageing problem: the role of the family and society” at Dhaka Ahsania Mission auditorium on 28 September 2016. The focus of this year – take a stand against ageism. The keynote paper was presented by the Secretary-General of Probin Hitoishi Sangha Professor A.S.M. Atiqur Rahman while the round-table was presided over by Kazi Rafiqul Alam, President of Dhaka Ahsania Mission. M. Moniruzzaman, Officer-in- Charge of UNIC Dhaka took part in the discussion and focused on the UN engagement in supporting elderly issues. Kazi Ali Reza, Joint Secretary of Daily Alokito Bangladesh moderated the round table discussion. A supplement page was published by Daily Alokito Bangladesh on 1 October based on the recommendations made during round-table discussion – link.
“Public engagement is a critical part in popularizing and branding the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the national level, and participation of young people also needs to be ensured in implementing the SDGs process”, UNIC Officer-in-Charge M Moniruzzaman said during the launch of SDGs campaign in Dhaka University campus on 16 August 2016. Prof. AAMS Arefin Siddique, the Vice-Chancellor of University of Dhaka inaugurated the launching event at his conference room. The VC highlighted the role of United Nations in supporting the development process of Bangladesh, especially, he remembered the contribution of a number of UN agencies during and after the liberation war of Bangladesh.
The VC said, Bangladesh did very well in achieving MDGs and hoped that this trend will continue for the implementation of SDGs. The long-term SDGs campaign in DU will be carried-out by Dhaka University Model United Nations Association (DUMUNA) in collaboration with UNIC Dhaka. DUMUNA Moderator Professor Delwar Hossain (Dept. of IR) also spoke in the launching and extended his full support in it. Students of different departments affiliated with DUMUNA participated in the programme.
Dhaka, Monday, 18 July 2016: In commemoration of Nelson Mandela International Day, UNIC Dhaka and United Nations Youth and Students Association of Bangladesh (UNYSAB) jointly organized a Poster Exhibition, Video show and Interactive Discussion Programme at the UNIC Library. Edward Rees, Peace & Development Adviser of UN Resident Coordinators Office, Pem Chuki Wangdi, Head of the UNRC Office and Aaqib Md Shatil, Representative of UNYSAB were present and spoke at the event. M. Moniruzzaman, Officer-in-Charge of UNIC Dhaka moderated the events. Students from different universities took part in the open discussion and Q/A session to share their views and they pledged to work to create a positive impact in the world which Mandela envisioned. The opening session of the programme began with a Nelson Mandela Photo Exhibition followed by a video show and reading out of UN Secretary General’s Message. The UNSG’s Message on the Day and SDGs promotional materials (Bangla) were distributed among the participants.
Dhaka, Saturday, 16 July 2016: With the collaboration of UNIC Dhaka, UN Youth and Student Association of Bangladesh (UNYSAB) organized a for-day long Bangladesh Model United Nations (BANMUN 2016) Conference at Adamjee Cantonment College Auditorium during 13 to 16 July 2016. More than 650 delegates from different educational institutions took part in the UN simulation. The opening ceremony was inaugurated by Honourable MP Advocate Sanjida Khanam as chief guest while M. Moniruzzaman, Officer-in-Charge of UNIC Dhaka spoke as guest of honour. The special guests were Hon’ble MP Mr Nahim Razzak, Brig-Gen Tameem Ahmed Chowdhury, Principal of Adamjee Cantonment College, Continue reading
Dhaka, 27 June 2016: On the occasion of International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, UNIC Dhaka, LIFE and UNYSAB jointly organized discussion seminar and launched a Signature Campaign on 27 June 2016 at UNIC Conference Room. Mr. Mahmud Hassan, Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Public Administration, GoB spoke as the chief guest while M. Moniruzzaman, Officer-In-Charge of UNIC Dhaka moderated the launching session. ABM Kamrul Ahsan, Programme Coordinator of UNODC Bangladesh, Kamrul Islam Sony, Executive Director, LIFE and Mohammad Mamun Mia, President of UNYSAB spoke as special guests on the occasion. Students from different universities were also present at the event to share their views and they pledged to work as ambassadors against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. The UN Secretary-General’s message on the Day and SDGs Bangla post cards were distributed among the participants. The signature campaign will be continued both by online media usage and in different academic institutions. The main objective of the campaign is to create awareness among the youth and to raise voice against drug abuse.
Dhaka, 29 May 2016: In commemoration of International Day of UN Peacekeepers, Bangladesh Armed Forces Division and Office of the UN Resident Coordinator jointly organized a Peacekeepers Honouring event on 29 May 2016 at Bangabandhu International Conference Center (BICC). Abdul Hamid, Honourable President of Bangladesh spoke on the occasion as chief guest 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 the occasion highlighting the importance of peace missions and contribution of Bangladeshi peacekeepers. State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam, MP spoke as special guest. Chiefs of three services, Acting Foreign Secretary, chief of Police and senior military officials were present in the event. More than 1500 participants including Armed Forces, Police and civil officials, ministers, MPs, academicians, civil society members, UN officials and diplomats were present in the event. A Peace Run was also organized in the morning with the participation of armed forces, MoFA and UN officials where Hon’ble State Minister for Foreign Minister was chief guest and UN Resident Coordinator, a.i. spoke as special guest. TV talk-shows were organized by BTV and private channels and national dailies have published special supplement pages.
Dhaka, 28 May 2016: In commemoration of the International Day of Families (15 May), UNIC Dhaka, College of Home Economics and Worldwide Family Love Movement (WWFLM) jointly organized a seminar on 28 May 2016 at College Auditorium. Ms Nasreen Begum, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs spoke on the occasion as chief guest while Ms. Shamsun Nahar, Principal of Home Economics College presided over. The special guests were Mohammad Abu Sadek, Director, Housing and Building Research Institute and M. Moniruzzaman, Officer-in-Charge, UNIC Dhaka. In his speech UNIC OIC focuses on the SDGs and their relation to families, healthy lives and sustainable future. Among others Freedom Fighter Ms Hajera Nazrul, Ms. Tajkera Khair, the Chairperson of WWFLM and Prof Nazma Begum spoke on the occasion. The UN Secretary-General’s message on the Day was read-out and SDGs Bangla post cards were distributed among the participants. More than 300 students and guests attended the event.